Shin Conditioning?

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  1. ACR4V3N

    ACR4V3N Blue Belt

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    I know there has been so many of these just about every where, but I would like to hear what you have to say. First off I would like to mention something that I know to work... Get something like a pen or pencil and force it up and down your shin till you cant any more. Then the next day do it again, wait a week and do it again. I have done this 6 or more times and it has worked unbelievably well, but I would like to know what you guys have to say about it.
     
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    Get a bag full of pee gravel (or is it pea?) and stand it straight up. Find a way to support it (get creative with how you set it up i.e. lincoln log style for support) and start at the top of the bag. Kick it everyday and slowly move down the bag as the days progress. Your shins should fracture and rebuild after you have done this for a long while. By the time you get to kicking the bottom of the bag as hard as you can everyday, your shins will be like rocks.
     
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    I read an article in the Asian Journal of Martial Arts that was against rolling things on your shins to toughen them. They published a study of Muay Thai practitioners over a 30 year period. The ones that hit banana trees (which are similar in density to a heavy bag) toughened up their shins over a longer period of time, but had no nerve damage. Those that used wooden rollers or hit hardwood poles developed thicker bone density in a shorter period of time, but a large percentage suffered nerve damage in the shin area later in life.
     
  4. LCDforMe

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    The guy that I know who did the pea gravel heavy bag thing that I wrote about can't feel anything in his shins. It's pretty fun to watch him kickbox.
     
  5. ACR4V3N

    ACR4V3N Blue Belt

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    Thanks for the info but, a pea gravel bag? what do you mean exactly
     
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    Go get an bag from the army surplus store (those big green bags) and fill it with pea gravel. Don't get a huge bag, you need something that you will be able to kick at a lot (no taller than say your waist). If you kick this bag, starting at the top, your shins will slowly break down and rebuild. By the time you get to the bottom, the bag is very hard (from all the gravel, similar to a heavy bag and it's sand).
     
  7. reeb

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    don't try stupid stuff like kicking solid objects or hitting your shins with wood. It takes patience, if you're a begginer then the right way is get conditioning by hitting the heavy bag/thai pads.
     
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    kick the heavy bag and thai pads fuck the dum shit
     
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    I know better then to kick a solid object. I think that if you do a little rolling to get some nerves weak then just kick the bottom of a bag, it should work just fine, thats what im going to be working on now.
     
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    How long before your shins toughen up and are able to handle kicking a bag for awhile.
     
  11. Newcastle

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    LMAO at kicking a fuckin tree. I bet they kicked trees b/c they had little else in the equipment dept. I can only imagine how brutal it would be to repeatedly kick a tree. :eek:
     
  12. ACR4V3N

    ACR4V3N Blue Belt

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    What do you mean mojo?
     
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    I mean ive been taking Muay Thai for a couple weeks now and my shins are so bruised I can't kick the bag more than a few times without feeling to much pain. How long before you get over the hump and can kick the bag repeatedly without significant brusing.
     
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    Im not sure, when I started out I couldnt kick hard enough to hurt my shins and they built up with me + I did a little desesitisizing before(rolling). Its not good for there to be bumbs on your shins. Be sure not to kick the bottom of the bag too, as its where all the padding sets.
     
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    A few more weeks maybe. Kicking the bag or pads never bothered my shins, 15 years of getting whacked in the shins with skateboards and play soccer without shinguards did that for me. I couldnt tell you how long. Just make sure you are treating your bruises like any other injury, with ice. While I cant tell you how long it will take for your shins to become conditioned enough for excessive bag work you can reduce your recovery time by taking care of them like any other injured part of your body. Treat the injury, eat right and get plenty of rest.
     
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    old school...kick and check with a partner....not too hard...but make sure u feel it!
     
  17. Evil Eye Gouger

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    Banana trees are very soft and supple.

    Kicking an oak or something stupid like that is a sure ticket to the hospital.
     
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    In order for them to rebuild then a person needs some time off... am I correct? If you keep on kicking then you will continue to break them down. If this is correct how much time should a person take off so that you shins will rebuild? Is a week enough?

    Thanks.

    Wolverine
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  19. Evil Eye Gouger

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    AFAIK, you only need a break if you seriously damage or break your shins.

    Bones tend to grow under pressure, that's why sometimes you have these metal casts pressing the bones together so they heal faster.

    It's different from muscle growth.

    To be honest with you, I don't really think shin conditioning is about making your bones stronger (although they do get stronger). It's more about desensitising them so you can take hits with less pain.

    Your shins are already fucking hard without any conditioning whatsoever, it's just that it hurts like hell to get hit.
     
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    I sorttaf agree with EEG
     

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