How Hard Should You Train?

November 18, 2016 by Vladimir Vasiliev  

Your Goal
The goal of training is to accumulate power and not tension. I believe that with each training session, while doing the same or higher workload, we should get less tired at the end of the class. We should try to perform each exercise in such a way, that with practice, we are able to do it with less and less exertion. This is achieved by utilizing only the muscles needed for the movement and keeping the rest of the body tension-free. Moreover, if you move naturally and correctly, your psyche also relaxes and your physical and psychological potential will be noticeably enhanced. This is your test, if your feel more calm after training, you have been moving correctly.

Take It In Stages
At the first stage of your training regiment, you should train so that by the end of the class, there is always a reserve to react if an unpredictable situation happens. For example, if a street attack happens when you are walking home from class, you should have enough energy to defend yourself. At a later stage of your training, you should feel even stronger and more energetic after every class.

No Fixed Routine
Note that each day is different. There are days when you can go all out and others when you only do a few repetitions or a few minutes of work. This applies to both your body endurance and your will power to do the work.

Sore Muscles
If your muscles feel sore after training, keep in mind that muscles generally adjust to a work load within three days. Make sure that you restore yourself with breathing, combative body massage, and relaxation after each session and your muscles will feel better. Also, when you are sore, let that day be your chance to work through an additional challenge.

Deeper Objective
I look at each training session as an opportunity to look deeper inside, rather than making the body into a tough training machine. The objective is to become more human, seeing your own weaknesses or letting your partner win at some points.

In my opinion, the most valuable quality of a person is his positive disposition no matter what happens. Training sessions should be used to overcome pride and fear, and to gain humility and benevolence.



Vladimir Vasiliev Born in Russia, Vladimir Vasiliev received intense combative training and profound Systema training from Mikhail Ryabko. Vladimir moved to Canada, and in 1993 founded the first school of Russian Martial Art outside Russia - Systema Headquarters. He has since personally trained and certified well over 600 qualified Russian Martial Art Systema instructors and schools in over 40 countries worldwide, and has produced an Award-Winning instructional film collection. Vladimir holds a number of government medals and awards including the Russian "Order of Duty and Honor" and the "Order of Loyalty". He offers regular training at his school in Toronto, at international seminars and camps and through Systema video program.