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As you may or may not know, I just moved to a new town. I decided that as part of this “new step” in my life, I’m going to start going to the gym. This will be in addition to going to capoeira classes, of course.
I’ve never been much of a gym-going fellow. In fact, I can count the number of times I’ve gone to a gym and trained with weights/machines on one hand. Most of my strength and aerobic training has come from capoeira (and various other sports), and working out with my own body-weight (push ups, crunches, pull ups, etc).
And now, a bit of full disclosure from Faisca. The reason I’ve never gone to the gym is because I’ve always been somewhat scared of gyms. I love to do capoeira in front of people, and I had no problem performing for dozens of people as a cheerleader. But thinking about going into a gym where I’m all alone and I have no idea what I’m doing gives me the willies.
So, my roommate has been going to the gym for a while now, and he (along with my Vin Diesel-sized “little” brother) convinced me that it would be worth my while to give it a shot. At least I wouldn’t be alone.
And surprisingly, it was great. Nobody laughed at me because I couldn’t bench 200lbs. I wasn’t mocked because my form was off during some of my exercises. It was a pretty good time, to tell you the truth. And now I’m excited to start an actual workout regimen and looking forward to building up some more muscle.
Now, with all of that out of the way, we finally get to my question:
Do you supplement your capoeira training with time in the gym? Or are you a pure body-weight strength training machine?
If you have any experience lifting + doing capoeira, do you have any advice that you would like to share with us? I would love to get some insight on what my fellow capoeiristas think are the best exercises and routines.
Let us know in the comments!
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