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Training through the seasons of life

by Shaun Kober
March 28th 2022

In this episode, I provide some insight into how my training has had to adapt to my everchanging life over the last 9 months or so, including time in Russia and the UAE in fight camp preparations w... More

what does it mean to live life to the fullest train to your potential and perform at your best, Leave nothing on the table. That's a non negotiable is that I strive to be better every day because if I'm not on top of my game, how is anybody else going to follow me down the road? Keep demanding more of yourself to live up to that potential and to stay hungry. Training is progress. You know, when I look at the word training, I think of steps, baby steps to get somewhere that you want to be, and that is basically your life journey. That's a mindset and itself, man, it's like, it's not just about I know that for you, a lot of that's about the physical, but we're constantly in training, whether it's growing our skill sets, whether it's growing our physical bodies, whether it's growing our relationships, whatever and all of that is a training ground and that kind of goes back to the mindset that we just talked about, You underestimate yourself and you don't even start, but then once you start, you often surpass what you thought you could do perform at your best money. That's that's sort of what life is all about. You know, I don't have the knowledge and have the fitness, the healthy ambition and drive that no matter what comes along when that next phone call comes, I can just say yes, I don't have to worry, just go and do it, Yo what is up guys, Welcome back to the live transform podcast, I'm your host, Sean Cobra during this episode I'm going to be discussing and giving examples of how my training has to change in line with the seasons of life and I think this is really going to help a lot of the audience understand that we can't just be following the same program blindly all year round and we need to make adjustments to our training program to tie in line with those different seasons of life and those seasons of life are constantly changing different, we've got different priorities, we've got different values, um we've got different things that we need to focus on at different times throughout the year, throughout the month, throughout the week, so on so forth.

So as an example for the last kind of nine months ish, I haven't really been following a specific plan where I'm looking at getting specific adaptation to impose the man's right, I've just been training for the sake of training because I enjoy training, I'm learning, I'm growing, I'm developing now I want to rewind right back to july last year. Um I got a message from Peter Yan asked me to go over to Russia to train him for his fight camp, to fight against Al jemaine sterling at the time for the UFC bantamweight title. Um now I went to Russia and whilst I was over there, my main priority was training him, it was putting him through fight camp along with his training partners, so my training had to take a backseat and what I was actually doing with my training was just kind of playing around with different movements, different exercises. Um And I was kind of trialing a few programs knowing that this year was going to be building out my website, putting together training programs, e books, et cetera, more on that later.

But basically what I was doing was I was I was putting together training programs for him, for his team. I was filming a lot of that stuff which I'll have available in the future, but I was also putting together some different training programs that I hadn't really played around with before. Um and just kind of testing those out. Alright, so that went on for a couple of weeks, probably About 7 to 8 weeks, almost two months. And then we went to U. A. And we're over there for a couple of weeks now again. Um I wasn't doing any specific training at the time. I was training most days at least, you know, 4-5 days per week. But it wasn't specific towards anything. It was just training for the sake of training because it made me feel good. It made me um you know, it gave me energy, all that type of stuff. All the benefits we know that's associated with training. All right now from there, I went over to India and I was in India for roughly four weeks where I was filming a project with Discovery Channel, which I can now tell you guys about was India's Ultimate Warrior where we had four mentors, uh and 16 contestants.

Each mentor had four students each and we're putting through physical and mental challenges to find India's ultimate warrior. Again, I won't go too deep on this, but the cat's out of the bag and I'll have more information dropping on that in the near future. But basically, whilst I was there, I didn't really know what the schedule was. So um we were filming every day and I didn't have access to a gym. Um and my training was just kind of like ticking over, it was more like maintenance stole training or reducing the um, reducing the damage, stole training. Now I've spoken about this before about training for gains training to maintain where you're at and also training to minimize the damage. Now, when I was in Russia, when I was in the U. S. A. It was training to maintain okay, in India, I was only training, you know, maybe once every 34 days and that was training to minimize the damage so that, you know, I didn't d condition myself too much. Okay, Once I got back from India, then the first month december, I got back started december.

I focused on boxing, okay? I wanted to learn. I wanted to, I wrote down my values. Once I got back, or just before I got back and I was like, right, what I want to work on, I want to build my business, I want to build my website and build these training programs, blah blah blah blah, but I also want um you know, respect from the people that I'm working with, how am I going to get that? That means I need to go into their world and I need to learn as much as I can from them, I need to know how they move, I need to know what energy systems they work, I need to know what they're feeling so on so forth. So through december, I was focusing on boxing Now I coached a 930 class at Tiger Muay Thai and Boxing classes at 10:30, so but by the time I finished class and then people would talk to me etcetera was always rolling into the boxing class late and I felt really bad for the boxing coaches because I don't like it when people roll into my classes late. So once the start of the year rolled around, Tiger actually put jujitsu, um the G class is back on the training schedule at six o'clock at night and I was like, alright, sweet Tuesday Thursdays, I can get into jujitsu and I can continue doing jiu jitsu because I hadn't done it for so long.

Um and again, that was one of those focuses for me was to build my jiu jitsu skills, um go into my fighters world and see, you know, and not only see what they were doing, but show them how my world could then carry over to their world. So then they go, hey, this guy knows what he's doing, um you know, all the stuff that he's doing in the gym is transferring to our skills, why don't we go and train with this guy? So for the first couple of months of this year have been focused on jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts. Now the mm A sessions are at four o'clock in the afternoon, so it made more sense to me to go to the mm A sessions um where I was actually learning and it wasn't rocking up late to the boxing classes, I was, I was getting there on time, was going through a warm up, all that type of stuff. Now Actually played a game of rugby on the weekend, I'm recording this on 23 March. And over this last weekend I played a game of rugby, it was a game of tens against my teammates with the pocket vagabonds, they split the team into two and we played against each other.

Now, I haven't done any specific rugby training for at least nine months before I left for Russia was probably the last time I touched a rugby ball now over the last couple of months since I've been back, you know, with the boxing then the jiu jitsu and the mixed martial arts. Like I actually felt quite good during the game, my conditioning was fine. Um I felt strong, I felt powerful okay in saying that I did go into the game with a couple of little niggling injuries and the reason I had little niggling injuries is because obviously with the jujitsu, the, mm, I'm doing the sparring sessions and things like that. It's all new to me. Um you know, it's kind of in an uncontrolled environment, There's other people that you're working with, that you're sparring with, um that you can't necessarily control or um you can't predict what they're going to do. So inevitably I was carrying a few little niggling injuries and things like that. Now body is pulled up pretty good over the last few days, but my ankle is a little bit locked up to get a few little bumps and bruises and things like that.

But otherwise I feel pretty good now in saying that I have a lot of rugby games and tournaments coming up over the next two months, so whilst the priority for me is to learn as much as I can in terms of mixed martial arts, um and those different combat sports for this year, it doesn't make sense for me to continue doing that over the next couple of couple of months whilst I have rugby tournaments coming up. So what I'm going to be doing is start changing my training to be a little bit more rugby specific. Um I've got game, I've got a game, we've got a tournament coming up in a couple of weeks time, uh and then about three weeks after that, another one and then about three weeks after that. So probably for the next two months or so, roughly every three months, three weeks I've got a game coming up for a weekend tournament coming up. So it makes sense for me over the next two months to really focus on the rugby training and rugby specific training where I'm training in the gym in a controlled environment, so then I can then take those skills and apply them in an uncontrolled environment.

Now, that's not to say that I'm going to completely stop the jiu jitsu, mm a I'm probably going to do jujitsu maybe once a week just so I can again um minimize the de conditioning that occurs. If you don't do something, you start losing the ability to do that thing, okay, use it or lose it. Now, I'm probably gonna do, do, do, do, do jujitsu once per week, just so I can kind of maintain where I'm at and not go too far backwards, minimize that damage. Now, another reason why I haven't been doing, haven't been gone to rugby training for the last couple of months knowing that I had a game coming up this last weekend was because, you know, I'm 36 years old, I turned 37 this year, I've been playing rugby for 20 years, I go to training and it's one of those things where I'm not learning, anything it takes me 45 minutes to drive, there. it's an hour and a half training takes me 45 minutes to drive home. You know, there's a three hour commitment, their training Tuesday, thursday and saturday, there's nine hours per week and I just can't commit that time with what's going on in my life at the moment, with what I'm building and where I'm at.

So, You know, and Jujitsu, the only time that I can do that is at 6:00 on Tuesday and Thursday and rugby training is at five 30 so I had to sit down and say, what's more of a priority to me right now, okay, the jiu jitsu is more of a priority rugby. I'm not really learning anything, I'm not getting as much out of it. Yeah, I enjoy seeing the boys, etcetera. But you know, for me, life is all about growth, it's all about development, it's all about constantly learning. So by the time the return on investment was much higher for the jujitsu than it was for the rugby now in saying that after playing this game on the weekend, I've had to reassess that particularly knowing that I've got games coming up over the next couple of months. So you know, this is where I'm going to sit down, um, this weekend I'm going away to turn my phone off for 24 36 48 hours, take a book, start journaling, um, you know, do a little bit of reading, just go through a digital detox and um sit down and spend some time with my thoughts and figure out where I'm at with my business and um where I'm at with my life, relationships, career, um, etcetera, etcetera.

And then put some action steps in place and uh, sorry, right down my values Reprioritize and then look at putting some action steps in place on a daily, weekly, monthly basis basis to move me in the right direction. So, you know, one of those initial thoughts is, hey, I've got rugby tournaments coming up over the next couple of months. So I need to make sure that I'm in a position to be able to go into those rugby tournaments and perform the way that I want to now as much as I did perform well on the weekend, I scored a really good try, had some really solid runs, put some good shots on, my conditioning was good. Again, I did have a couple of little niggles that I'd carried into that game just from the unpredictability of the spy ring in the jiu jitsu and the M. M. A. And the boxing sessions. So if I can minimize that as much as possible and get a little bit more specific training in, then that's going to allow me to perform the way that I want when I'm on the rugby field. Um and then once the last torment finishes up in, probably mid May ish.

Then again, I'll need to sit down, I'll need to reassess, I'll have a look at what my training structure looks like and then I'll start putting some putting a program together moving forward. Alright, hopefully that gives you guys a decent understanding of you know, what happens in your life, how things changed, how you need to then start adjusting things you're doing on a daily, weekly, monthly basis to tie in line with that. But I hope you guys enjoyed that episode. If you have any questions, shoot me a message at coach underscore codes on instagram, that's coach underscore K O B E s on instagram. I will be putting out some requests for Q and A sessions where you guys ask the questions, I'll answer them on a podcast, so keep your eyes peeled on my social media platforms for that. Any five star ratings and reviews are much appreciated, much love guys Peace. This episode was brought To you by Swiss eight, which is a proactive mental health program designed by veterans. Initially for veterans that has been pushed out to the wider community that allows you to structure in and schedule their eight pillars of health and wellness, including nutrition, sleep time management discipline, fitness, personal growth, mindfulness and minimalism.

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Training through the seasons of life
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