Very tired after that but satisfied with the result.
After each cycle, we have a week off of training at Ni Tien for "integration week". What is that all about?
Integration week is a one-week break during which we can:
- rest and recover any micro-injuries we have had during the cycle
- have time to think about the cycle and review what happened/what we learned
- goalset for the upcoming cycle and clarify objectives/improvements
- do a bit of background reading/research on martial arts
- watch videos of martial arts on Youtube! or get DVDs
However, "idle hands are the devil's playthings"...
Here are some things I suggest to keep busy during integration week:
Cardio - while I am against any weights during integration week, the heart is a muscle you can always work out...try to keep it low intensity, though
Yoga/stretching - always worthwhile, and a good way to remove lactic acid from the cycle and not get stiff
Fasting - a fast can help clean out your body and focus you for the next cycle. Do with care.
Tai chi Style - step through the movements (kabka, sinawali, angles 1-5, shadowboxing). All movements should be done AS SLOWLY AS POSSIBLE. Just for cementing muscle memory. This one is great done blindfolded or with eyes closed. GO SLOW.
Asymmetric exercizes - always worth doing. do them slow and workout your brain, not your body
Swim - great low-impact workout. Keep it slow and steady
DRINK WATER - that never stops. Make sure you are getting your 3 liters a day in.
There you go. Don't get bored, there is plenty to do even during integration week.
See you at Ni Tien from 17 Nov.