(srs) Should I pursue martial arts or conventional strength training?

I’m already swimming and I’d like to add another fitness-related hobby. My goal is to stay lean with a flat tummy. I’d appreciate advice from anyone that has done both.

  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    both, although its difficult depending on what martial art

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I can’t do both, I’m already swimming and will only add one of the two. For martial arts I’m thinking BJJ coupled with a couple of ninjutsu classes (I know that’s a meme but it sounds like fun)

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        If you want flat stomach. Go for Myau Thai.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Then train something like muay thai (imo the most based martial art, utilizes the full body and has cool people + good training) you will get leaner than ever. Skipping, pushups, situps, burpees, jogging will whip you into shape and hitting the pads is awesome and can build quite a nice leanmaxxed physique. Go take a class and enjoy it.

          I did weight lifting from age 22 to 26 and then I have been doing martial arts from 26 to now (and I am 31).

          Martial arts is way cooler. Way more fun.

          - It is really fun working out in a competitive way with an objective, like you do in martial arts. In martial arts, you are trying to beat an opponent in sparing, and also you have a lot of freedom to develop your own techniques for how to do that. I find strategizing and building my own "tool box" of fighting moves to be really fun, while still being tested and validated in sparring.

          - The fitness you get from martial arts is more "real" and practical, if that makes sense. Like, if I had to get ready to do some real life application of fitness, like a day of manual labor, or I was going to have to play some sport I am not used to with friends and family- martial arts would prepare me much better. Compared to when I was weight lifting, where despite being bigger and stronger my body felt totally unprepared to exert strength or endurance in any setting or activity different from lifting weights.

          Thanks for the recommendations.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >My goal is to stay lean with a flat tummy.
        Doing a combat sport like boxing, kickboxing or wrestling will make this extremely easy since they will have you do a ton of ab exercises and you will burn a huge amount of calories while practicing it.

        >For martial arts I’m thinking BJJ coupled with a couple of ninjutsu classes
        Nevermind just go lifting, none of those meme classes will make you look (or be) fit

      • 3 weeks ago
        nutefag

        do both

      • 3 weeks ago
        nutefag

        ninjutsu is literally just a waste of your money and your better off finding a parkour group who will gladly fuck around doing the same shit but you will actually get more out of it.

        if you wanted to do bjj AND ninjutsu, then there is no reason why you can't do bjj AND the gym, you are just bullshitting when you say you can't do both. just do swimming, bjj and the gym, not that hard.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Ive trained muay thai and thoroughly enjoyed it, but have no interest in fighting. Smashing the pads and the overall fitness+conditioning you get from the training is awesome. I now strength train and enjoy it more, being able to train on my own schedule and getting stronger every session+building muscle is cool.
    It depends on your goals. Martial arts are fun if you're interested in them, but if you don't want to compete, you probably won't be too committed with sparring and constantly improving year in year out doing the same activities. I recommend taking it for at least 2 months to have fun and learn a new skill though if it interests you.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I just want to remain lean with a flat stomach.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Then train something like muay thai (imo the most based martial art, utilizes the full body and has cool people + good training) you will get leaner than ever. Skipping, pushups, situps, burpees, jogging will whip you into shape and hitting the pads is awesome and can build quite a nice leanmaxxed physique. Go take a class and enjoy it.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Don't forget if you practice Silat or the like it will be easier to handle knives if you carry any because its very similar. Based on the same source.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Why do Americans do "martial arts" for "sports competition"? With all the vids of burgers getting KTFO on the street or losing fights against literal girls, I'd say self defense should be a much bigger thing for you fatties.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I did weight lifting from age 22 to 26 and then I have been doing martial arts from 26 to now (and I am 31).

    Martial arts is way cooler. Way more fun.

    - It is really fun working out in a competitive way with an objective, like you do in martial arts. In martial arts, you are trying to beat an opponent in sparing, and also you have a lot of freedom to develop your own techniques for how to do that. I find strategizing and building my own "tool box" of fighting moves to be really fun, while still being tested and validated in sparring.

    - The fitness you get from martial arts is more "real" and practical, if that makes sense. Like, if I had to get ready to do some real life application of fitness, like a day of manual labor, or I was going to have to play some sport I am not used to with friends and family- martial arts would prepare me much better. Compared to when I was weight lifting, where despite being bigger and stronger my body felt totally unprepared to exert strength or endurance in any setting or activity different from lifting weights.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >My goal is to stay lean with a flat tummy.
      Martial arts are prolly better for that. You will get decently strong and have a good body if you do something like judo or wrestling too.

      It's the other way around for me personally. I don't enjoy beating people. When I throw a dude I just feel a bit empty and sad. I love lifting though. When I grind out the rep I didn't think I had in me in a 100% psychosis mode is when I actually feel something.

      Your point about "real" and practical is way off though. Shows you never really got into lifting. Which is fine.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Your point about "real" and practical is way off though. Shows you never really got into lifting. Which is fine.
        What is wrong with weightlifters and these woman-like, low key insults?

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          maybe consider instead that you are retarded.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why is the asain guy in the gym but the black guy is a martial artist? Does a communist want me to continue this conversation while this inconsistency is staring me in the face?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      black guys are really into asian shit. they were crazy about kung fu back in the 80s

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I think if you went into any martial arts gym in America you would see a lot more black guys than asian guys.

      I think combat sports are a lower class thing, and fighting seems to be a lot more interesting to black people.

      Also

      black guys are really into asian shit. they were crazy about kung fu back in the 80s

      is right in that black people love that mystic chinese martial arts stuff.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You.... don't realize blacks are big into martial arts? Are you really American?

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you actually want to compete, hypotrophy training will not go well with martial arts. If you just see it as something fun to do next to lifting then it's fine. I mainly do boxing now and stopped lifting for the most part. My gains are way slower but being otter mode is enough for me.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    if that is you only goal you should only do martial arts. stength training can amplify your martial arts skills, but that is not your question. if its only for being lean go martial arts. you can even get shredded by martial arts + high protein diet. but you wont get big that way.
    i have done both, simoultanously and isolated.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    fyi, ripped guys that do martial arts NEVER got ripped from just martial arts

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