With the start of winter holiday and many making the move for a quick splash of fun in sunny southern destination, allotted times for exercise often be sacrificed or fall victim to the lack of facilities. Though many will find suggesting dedication to exercise during holidays curmudgeonly, success comes to those who are able to stay the course where others fail and remain on point. It is not easy to be successful and the right of the victors podium is reserved for the dedicated, hence the very straightforward fact that is important to maintain positive work habits during holidays and loose focus.
Naturally there must be a balance between exercise, holidays and the firm realisation that common training mediums used in your standard routine is unlikely to be available and therefore changes are required within your exercise regime. Additionally being involved in participatory sports that you typically do not have time for outside of holidays will provide a healthy stimulus and break the monotony of training that sees many mentally “burn out”.
However this winter holiday (as well as those who travel extensively) is also a perfect opportunity to branch out into different forms of exercise, with the most transportable of all involving body-weight work.
This brings up one of my favourite approaches of training I have created and one that is overwhelmingly the farthest reaching, which is DMC™.
This regime is capable of having positive impact in overall health within the general mainstream, for those recovering from injury or elite level athletes in any sport. The program is scalable to suit every level, starting with basic long duration holds and gradually becomes a system of constant movement in a near acrobatic, dance styling that requires extraordinary athletic ability. It has become a favourite for elite level sporting coaches of many disciplines, athletic therapists and even bodybuilders who have commented its remarkable effect of muscular density. Within the martial arts community it is a natural fit as it has been shown be many as a unique connection of the sports needs as well adherence to overall body and mind discipline.
With the niceties aside, the nine-stage DMC™ system is extremely mentally and physically challenging, requires acute mental focus, the ability to manage “extreme discomfort” for long stretches of time, whist always maintaining discipline to detail. It is very capable of developing explosive power, speed and work threshold, all without any costly equipment but is dependent on complete commitment and let me stress that though I am known to say many programs are “easy”, this plan is always an intense challenge.
Within the nine-stage DMC™ program, the very early opening period serves as a foundation that will serve the plan for many years before the individual is capable of advancing. Of the many key points within this plan is the attention to detail, management and enduring ongoing stress and not allowing form to waiver for the briefest of moments.
Within the following nine holds presented, body alignment and tension throughout the duration of the hold must be stressed, in particular through movements two through eight.
Each hold is performed for upwards of ninety second holds though the individual will start at one-third. Holds are continuous but depending upon fatigue the user should arbitrarily decide to sit in position “1” in between transitions to the next movement to allow the body to recover.
Position #1 “RX5”: This position should be entered from a proper one legged squat sequence but for the purposes of this review simply sit on your haunches with feet flat on the ground. You should be able to lift either leg completely straight out and maintain position before progressing.
Position #2, Bridge, hips are high with a perfect diagonal line running from shoulder to hip to knee. Shin is at or near perpendicular to the ground. Hips are thrust high with extreme tension maintained in the glutes and hamstrings.
Position #3 Table position with the ankles to knees, hands to shoulder creating near perfect 90° angles. The thighs and torso should be flat with the individual in a relaxed frame of mind.
Position #4 Table, one leg up. Of the extended leg, foot should be flat with heel “punching” upwards. The top heel should be at or behind the heel on the ground. The hips should be pushed upwards with the thigh of the plant leg parallel the ground. Arms are straight with heels of palms digging into the ground.
Position #5 Table with opposite arm reach. Maintain about position with opposite arm grasping the toe.
Position #6 Leg under: the individual pushes off the heel of the plant (right) leg back towards a table position whilst bending the (left) leg under the opposite thigh. The leg is tucked under just as the plant (right) foot is driven powerfully into the ground with the hips moving upward.
Position #7 Static Swipe: the individual turns the left 180° to face away from the body as you begin a powerful turn ("swipe"). The right shin should be at a 90° angle so instructors need to be sure of foot placement, lest some additional movements that roll from this will be skewed off course. Through the swipe maintain tension of the plant (right) leg such that thigh and opposite shin are at or near parallel to the ground. Extreme pressure must be placed with the plant (left) arm with the entire body "open" and ready for an explosive turn.
Position #8 Swipe to Turn continues the turn as they pull through driving the heel of the opposite leg (leg) upward. Their should be a direct line for the back to hips to heel and the individual should display an ability to coil and project themselves.
Position #9 Modified Pushup: slide into the "modified pushup" whereby the individual bend at the elbows to bring their head very close to the ground and then look up through their navel to create extreme tension on the rear delts.
This workout should be followed with the five major core postural holds of Plank, Side Plank, Horse pose, Superman and Flying Squirrel and static range of motion work.
Prepared by John Davies
Photo: Tammy Bravomalo
John’s present supplement stack starts daily with the “athlete’s advantage”, Modern, Super Cissus, PowerFull and Prime, along with additional use of Recreate, Yok3d, Anabolic Pump and Pink Magic depending upon his training cycle (workout log 1, 2, 3, 4).
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