Training while sick

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   By Tommy (Unregistered Guest) on Friday, January 27, 2006 - 08:25 am: Edit Post

I guess this is the right place to start this thread.

I have recently accepted that conditioning and sparring and other resisted-type training are priority one. I have been doing CMA for about 12 years, and, though there has been no lack of conditioning or sparring, form and cooperative technique training have been predominant--so here is my question...

I have had a lot of stupid colds this winter. Not the debilitating-flu type, but the sniffy/coughing/slightly low energy type. So... I back off because I figure I shouldn't push hard while sick. But I'm getting so frustrated that I am considering saying F... it and continuing my conditioning right through it.

Good idea? Bad idea? I especially would like to hear from you, Tim, because I'm sure you have had to deal with this kind of crap over the years.


   By Shane on Friday, January 27, 2006 - 11:43 am: Edit Post

This has been one of my healthiest years ever- because a friend suggested gargeling with Hydrogen Peroxide daily. It's made a huge difference for me.

In the past; pushing-through feeling sick and continueing to workout, was bad for me because whatever bug I had always escelated into 'mono' symptoms and wrecked me for weeks.

   By Tim on Friday, January 27, 2006 - 01:27 pm: Edit Post


I'd recommend cutting back on training when you are feeling ill.

I know it gets frustrating when you are itching to work out, but you'll heal faster with more rest.

   By Tommy (Unregistered Guest) on Friday, January 27, 2006 - 01:53 pm: Edit Post


Thanks for the advice--come to think of it, an old buddy of mine who sang in bands used to do that to keep the colds away--I'll try it!


Yeah, that's what I was afraid you'd say.

Also, Tim, thanks for the site! I love and will continue to do teach TCMA (especially Taiji), simply because I enjoy and love them. But, even though I'll never be an ultimate fighter, the discussions here have helped me learn and teach the arts I love with more practicality and effectiveness on the martial side, which I always wanted and really appreciate.

So, thanks.

   By Michael Andre Babin on Friday, January 27, 2006 - 02:30 pm: Edit Post

Gargling with hydrogen peroxide full-strength may temporarily kill bacteria in your mouth/upper throat but it is very hard on the enamel of your teeth if you do it regularly.

People sometimes do this to whiten their teeth and it does that by eroding the enamel surface so if you do it long-term you can end up with serious pitting and, thus, be more prone to cavities/infection... at least according to my dentist.

   By Shane on Friday, January 27, 2006 - 02:44 pm: Edit Post

Hi Michael,

thanks for the tip. I generally get the peroxide to the back of my throat to gargle, avoiding my teeth as much as possible (on my first attempt I swished the stuff around my mouth and found out about a spot where my gum had receeded from my tooth. It was very painfull... I'm getting the willies thinking about it now).


   By ed (Unregistered Guest) on Friday, January 27, 2006 - 03:14 pm: Edit Post

for me the more i am active the less i am sick
my theory; the more active you are then you wont get those small colds.
i work out more when im sick to get rid of it

   By The Iron Bastard on Friday, January 27, 2006 - 04:17 pm: Edit Post

H2O2 does not eat the enamel of your teeth unless youíre using a 30% or higher mixture of it. Over the counter H2O2 is 3% and will not eat the enamel of your teeth. Do not take the word of any authority figure unless they can provide incontrovertible proof. Educate yourself on the uses of H2O2; here is a link,

Any person can buy food grade H2O2, but beware it is 35% and will burn if you use it at this state. I dilute it by poring 1 pint to 4 gallons of distilled water. Not only do I wash my mouth out with it I drink it. But, donít take my word for it find out for yourself.

As to training while your sick use your own discretion.

   By Tommy (Unregistered Guest) on Friday, January 27, 2006 - 04:56 pm: Edit Post

Funny what type of discusson a thread can turn into--but the H2O2 stuff is interesting and good to know :-).

   By Michael Andre Babin on Friday, January 27, 2006 - 05:19 pm: Edit Post

Iron Bastard:

Taking a dentist's advice is no better and no worse than taking the advice of someone on the internet. The worldwide web provides as much stupidity and mis-information as any other source of information.

Prolonged use of even diluted hydrogen peroxide solutions as a mouthwash are problematic for a variety of reasons. For one thing, some of the "flora and fauna" that live in our mouths are beneficial and you're killing them as well as the more potentially harmful stuff.

Overuse of antibacterial agents is one of the reasons that our immune systems are becoming "lazy"in North America and that bacteria are becoming more resistant.

   By The Iron Bastard on Friday, January 27, 2006 - 05:51 pm: Edit Post

I didn't say take my advice, find out for yourself. If you have a fear of such things as H2O2, Michael, that is your problem. I provided one source any one can continue from there and make their own conclusions. You, on the other hand, have provided no avenue of proof other than a fear mongering spin method. Are we supposed to take your word for it?

   By panty sniffer (Unregistered Guest) on Friday, January 27, 2006 - 07:02 pm: Edit Post

now now ladies dont get your menopausal panties in a bundle.

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