Training Advice for Week 1: How to Start Strong
Day 1: Don’t overdo it. Modest goals, regularly met, is the secret to making it through a marathon. If you want some inspiration, read how Joe Simpson made it out of a near-fatal mountaineering accident by breaking his 6-day solo glacier traverse (with a broken leg) into 15 minute micro-challenges.
Day 2: Have a training strategy. If you have a goal you are aiming to achieve, what is a small way you can take a bite out of that goal each day? Do you want to alternate days with something else for mental variety or to help parts of your body recover? Is there a natural progression of skills you can follow? Thinking about the structure of your training can make it easier to stick with, more purposeful, and more rewarding.
Day 3: Go Small. If you have a hard time sticking with things, or don’t feel 100 percent sure about 30 minutes per day, then set a training goal that is less than 30 minutes. Five minutes per day is more achievable and is a great way to set a rhythm. It’s also a way to get started on a potentially longer session.
Day 4: Plan training into your schedule. Put it on your calendar or your todo list. Set an alarm on your phone. Think about your daily energy levels and fit your training into the periods where you find it easiest to be active. Find another activity that you already do regularly and attach your new training to it. Finding time is usually about *making* time.
Day 5: Partner up with a training buddy. Accountability to all of us on the Internet is great, but a personal accountability-buddy is even stronger. Schedule your training dates with a peer who’s going to notice that you’re absent, will check in if you’re stuck, and will benefit from your support as well.
Day 6: Plan what you’re going to do in advance. This allows you to eliminate the mental work of getting started each session, and it also gives you something to look forward to in your training. Plan your whole month, or one week, or use part of each session to write out a plan for the next session.
Day 7: When In Doubt, Copy Someone Else. Use the DuelloTV videos or courses. Follow someone else’s training reports and do what they’re doing. Follow a discipline that you’ve never studied before. By imitating someone else or following their training strategy, you can often discover approaches and methods that are beyond what you might naturally come up with on your own.
Longsword Practice Week 1
Rapier Practice Week 1
Sidesword Practice Week 1
Acknowledgement of Safety and Risk
- Practice all exercises slowly and with control.
- Practice using training swords that are not sharp and are specifically made for practice.
- Use protective gear for all exercises. In many of our videos we are not wearing head, throat or body protection in order to make clear explanation more possible. You should always use protective gear when practicing these arts regardless of the exercise.
- Be aware that injuries in training are always possible. Ensure that you are practicing with care and caution at all times.
- DuelloTV is not responsible for any injuries that occur as a result of sword practice inspired from our videos.