In his follow up to the phenomenally popular Solo Training, Loren Christensen has dug down deep to come up with hundreds of more ways for you to rev up your training at home or in the gym. Solo Training 2 kicks off with a focus on building your body's core for stronger, faster and more effective grappling, kicking and punching. A strong core - your shoulders, chest, abs, hips, and back - is the source of your body's power, speed and coordinated movement. As a martial artist, a strong core helps you to get more out of your training and to respond instantly and effectively to the fast changing demands of competition or an explosive street encounter.
You'll also get over 100 ways to work your combinations, cheat speed, improve accuracy, fight from unconventional stances, practice grappling when you can't find a partner and get the most out of your mannequin bag. If hundreds of new training drills sound overwhelming, not to worry. Solo Training 2 wraps up with 8 workouts, each with a specific goal like the Free Hand Power Builder and the Boxer Workout. If you've read your copy of Solo Training to tatters, give it a little time off and dig into Solo Training 2, where Loren Christensen promises to take your fighting techniques and understanding of fighting concepts to a new level.
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Customer Rating: Summary: Excellent! Comment: I am 29 y.o., 2nd degree black belt in shotokan karate and have been involved in martial arts since I was 18. I'm sure many martial artists are faced with the same problem -- you reach a point in your training where progress slows down or stops altogether and you need a new source of motivation.
This book was a good helper in re-designing my training routine and schedule. I added a whole bunch of new exercises recommended by the author as well as employed a number of mind conditioning techniques (these are indeed very important).
After just a couple of months, I'm noticing improvement. My body is much stronger and I am able to perform many techniques and kata better than before.
Sometimes I'd overtrain and have problem sleeping afterwards. I picked up a few relaxation/meditation techniques from this book that help me to calm down after training and rest comfortably.
"Solo Training 2" is the great source of information that will help you improve your physical and mental fitness. I cannot really find any faults with this book, hence the 5 stars. Customer Rating: Summary: Buy the whole series Comment: I have the whole Solo Training Series and the DVD and all of them have been jam-packed with great information and practical advice. I wouldn't hesitate to buy anything Loren Christensen has written, it's all first rate. He has a great sense of humor and an easy writing style. But content is king and there's plenty of it in here. I was concerned that the classic Solo Training title had already said everything there was to say on this subject, but I actually like Solo Training 2 much better. It's full of great exercises, practical advice and a huge range of extra topics like coping with stress and injuries. He also handles the mental game better than anyone I have seen so far, probably because he's actually fought for his life using these techniques as an MP and Portland police officer and not just in the dojo or in competition. Buy it now, you won't be disappointed. Customer Rating: Summary: Solo training Comment: It's not a book for people who trains alone, but for teachers that want the best for their students. Both volumes are very complete! Customer Rating: Summary: A must have for all serious training ! Comment: Returning to the martial arts world after many "stop"-years, i bought several books and dvd on the subject. Clearly and by far, Christensen "Solo Training" 1 & 2 are the best and most valuable ones.
From athletic preparation, strenght training, speed and flexibility developement, up to advanced fighting combination on a mannequin, both books covers all aspects. Everything is covered in depth, with clear explanations, sufficient pictures and also humour.
I tried the excercises and drills described for a month and my phisical condition improved significantly, even after years on non practice.
I highly suggest to buy this book to anyone practicing martial arts of every kind and evey level, you will not be disappointed. Customer Rating: Summary: Another excellent book on solo training Comment: I think this second book on solo training by Christensen picks up where the first one left off and adds a whole new dimension to training alone. The hottest thing in the martial arts and in fitness in general is training the core. All kicks, punches and grappling can only be improved by having a stronger midsection, lower back and legs.
I bought this book in April and after putting together an easy to do program I found in the book, I noticed a big improvement by June, roughly eight weeks later. My kicks and punches were landing with a bigger bang on the heavy bag and my launch speed was greater than ever before.
There are lots of solo exercises in here for the core and to improve your foundation moves from which all other techniques come. I still use the first Solo Training for inspiration and to get techniques, and I use Solo Training 2 to get even more drills and techniques plus the core exercises.