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The Secret Martial Artist

We all wish that we could quit our jobs, and live our lives as a martial artist full time. Wouldn't it be great if we could all be like Bruce Lee and train every day?

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Unfortunately our jobs and commitments get in the way of this dream, but don't despair! Here at Bear Martial Arts we have the solution. Enter the world of The Secret Martial Artist.....

Each week we will bring you a brand new exercise to help with your martial arts that you can do at work, no matter where you are. Some of them you can do alone in a quiet part of the office, some you can do right in front of your colleagues and they won't even know you are doing it!

By training at work you can get fitter even faster than you would if you just went to class, meaning you can impress your instructor, classmates or students with the speed of your improvements.

Don't let your job get in the way of your dream of training every day!

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  • Secret Martial Artist Part 12

    Author: Bear Martial Arts Team | Date: 24th June 2014

    Day-To-Day Part 2

    Little things mean a lot Ė by changing the way you work and by doing small but frequent movements, you can burn a lot of calories and improve your fitness.

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    1. Fidgeting can burn an extra 350 calories a day. Rapidly tapping your feet, talking with your hands, and chewing gum, all count
    2. Stand whenever you can. You'll burn more calories than sitting, as many as 50 more an hour for a 155-pound person
    3. Laugh often. It tightens your stomach muscles, exercises your diaphragm, works your heart, relieves stress and gives you a better outlook on life
    4. Deep breathing helps you relax and lowers heart rate. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth

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  • THE SECRET MARTIAL ARTIST PART 11

    Author: Bear Martial Arts Team | Date: 18th June 2014

    Do The (Abs) Twist

    Using just a water bottle, work your abs sat at your desk. If anybody approaches you can look busy in no time at all.

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    1. Hold a water bottle at chest level
    2. Keep your knees and hips forward, and gently twist to the left as far as you comfortably can, feeling the abs contract.†
    3. Twist back to center and move to the left for a total of 10 reps†
    4. Repeat 3-4 times

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  • The Secret Martial Artist Part 10

    Author: Bear Martial Arts Team | Date: 11th June 2014

    Wall Sits

    Work your core and torso up against the wall, only inches away from your desk.

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    1. Rest your back against a wall and move your feet away from the wall.†
    2. The wall should be supporting the weight of your back and your knees should be bent.†
    3. Hold the position as long as possible.
    4. Rest, then repeat


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  • The Secret Martial Artist Part 9

    Author: Bear Martial Arts Team | Date: 4th June 2014

    The Chair Suitcase

    Being sat at your desk does not mean you canít work on the six pack, and you can be back in a work-looking position within seconds if you hear someone coming

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    1. Sit on the edge of your chair and lean back until your upper back touches the back of the chair. Tuck your tailbone under, and hold onto the arms of the chair for support
    2. Bring your knees up -- with your shins parallel to the floor - so that your torso and thighs make an "open suitcase"
    3. Close the "suitcase" by bringing your chest and knees toward one another
    4. Open and close for 10 to 20 repetitions, two to three sets

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  • The Secret Martial Artist Part 8

    Author: Bear Martial Arts Team | Date: 28th May 2014

    Resistance at Work

    A resistance band is an inexpensive piece of equipment to buy, can be stored in your desk drawer discreetly, and can be used for a whole range of exercises at your desk.

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    1. Invest in a resistance band
    2. Hold out band in front of you, stretching your arms as far as they go apart
    3. Keeping the tension, lift the band up above your head and over until it is behind your head
    4. Reverse the motion, moving the band back in front of your head, again, keeping tension
    5. Do 15 times, then repeat

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  • The Secret Martial Artist Part 7

    Author: Bear Martial Arts Team | Date: 21st May 2014

    Desk Push Ups

    Use your desk for itís real purpose in life Ė to help you strengthen and tone your arms! And you can be quickly to your feet if you hear anyone coming.

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    1. Stand up next to your desk
    2. Lower yourself into a press-up position, resting your hands at the edge of your desk
    3. Do 15 press-ups (or more!)
    4. Repeat for 3 more sets

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  • The Secret Martial Artist Part 6

    Author: Bear Martial Arts Team | Date: 14th May 2014

    Chair Dips

    Make use of a quiet moment and use your chair to tone your arms. If you hear someone coming you can be back in your chair in no time at all.

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    1. Stand up with your chair behind you
    2. Grab the edge of the chair, and lower yourself down using your arms, as slow as you can
    3. Do 15 repetitions
    4. Be careful if your chair has wheels!

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  • The Secret Martial Artist Part 5

    Author: Bear Martial Arts Team | Date: 7th May 2014

    Water Bottle Weights

    You donít need to bring gym kit into work to lift weights. With 1 litre of water weighing 1kg, a simple full water bottle can be used just as if you were in the gym.

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    1. Sit straight with your abs held in tight
    2. Hold your water bottle in one hand and curl it up towards your shoulder
    3. Repeat 15 times
    4. Change hands
    The great thing about this is that anything you do in the gym with dumb bells you can repeat at your desk.

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  • The Secret Martial Artist Part 4

    Author: Bear Martial Arts Team | Date: 30th April 2014

    Day-To-Day Improvements

    There are many simple things you can do around the office and too and from work to get in a few minutes more of exercise every day, without your colleagues ever realising.

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    1. Use the stairs not the lift
    2. Get your daily intake of water at your desk every day
    3. Park further from the office and walk in
    4. Cycle / walk to work
    5. Visit colleagues and donít email them
    6. Walk faster everywhere
    7. Practice good posture at your desk and even when standing

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