Life portraits painted across the human landscape from time to time speak to the importance and power of endurance and stamina.

This was on display intensely in the 2012 film, The Impossible. article, Summit Entertainment photo article, Summit Entertainment photo

The storyline was in December 2004, close-knit family Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand. But the day after Christmas, the idyllic holiday turns into an incomprehensible nightmare when a terrifying roar rises from the depths of the sea, followed by a wall of black water that devours everything in its path.

Film critic and New York Times writer A.O. Scott expands, “The Asian tsunami of Dec. 26, 2004, killed almost a quarter-million people in 14 countries. The scale and speed of the devastation defy comprehension, and no movie could be expected to convey the full measure of the horror. But disaster, real and imagined, is a staple of the modern cinematic imagination, and an event like the tsunami presents itself to an ambitious filmmaker as both a technical challenge and a moral risk.”

A film that is surpassing expectations in our competitive female submission wrestling industry is found in the video library of industry leader Fight Pulse.

It’s a match that defines the very essence of endurance and stamina. article, photo article, photo

The producers at Fight Pulse share, “This custom-request intense competitive female wrestling match between two lightweights, Jane and Pink Rose, is our first match with endurance rules.

Endurance rules are simple – two competitors wrestle until one of them either cannot continue or verbally surrenders the match due to exhaustion. There are no breaks in the action, and the entire match is shot in one take (no cuts in the video). Body scissors are prohibited to make the match a little bit more difficult, more dynamic and tiring, which is why all of the points in this match come from either a pin or a variation of head scissors. There is a monetary bonus for the win, as well as a bonus for 15+ submissions, to motivate the wrestlers not to stall the action once they get tired.

FW-47 is our longest video released to date. It runs 64 minutes, 48 of which is continuous grueling competitive action. While both wrestlers try their best to win, one of them ends up dominating the match trying to get the 15+ points bonus. Can she make it?

Surrender comes 48 minutes into the match, and the winner, who is almost as exhausted, performs a schoolgirl pin bicep-flex followed by a standing foot-on-chest victory pose over her defeated opponent. FW-47 is a must-see title for fans of competitive F/F wrestling, as Jane and Pink Rose put out incredible effort to win (or survive) the endurance battle.

It sounds like an incredible match.

It you are an emerging female athlete and grappler, is that the type of match you could participate in? It would be a challenge.

What would be helpful is if you as an athlete could develop a fitness program that increases your stamina and endurance.

A visiting speaker has some stellar suggestions.

Exercises That Help in Increasing Stamina article, photo article, photo

By George A Wallace

Fitness training and regular exercising is often considered to be the best ways to increase energy and stamina. But have you ever thought that exercising itself demands a significant amount of these two qualities. Have you ever felt tired after just about an hour or exercise? Do you go through a phase of fast breathing every time you finish a set of push up or bench press? Do you gasp for breath after walking pretty fast for some time? You are not alone. There are several people who experience the same things. What you need is an increase in your stamina, your energy and endurance.

Just as there are exercises specially meant for weight loss, body building, treating chronic problems, much in the same way, there are specific exercises that can result in an increase in stamina. If you are into fitness training and have a regular workout routine, you are sure to be in the know of the necessity of the same. You need it even to do your daily physical activities. In other words, the need for stamina is undisputable. In case you are suffering from the lack of it, here are some workout techniques that may be helpful:

Cycling: This can be an effective way to give a boost to your stamina. You may use a static cycle or bring out your bike to go for a ride. Instead of increasing the speed, keep a track of how much distance you can cover, and work on it accordingly. The more you go, the more stamina you acquire.

Swimming: Since it involves almost all the major sets of muscles, swimming is often considered to be a complete exercise. This not only strengthens your limbs and joints but also improves your cardiovascular rate because of the importance of breathing in the process.

Climbing Stairs: Simple as it may seem to be, climbing up a flight of stairs is always a test of your stamina. More often than not, you will find yourself gasping for breath when you climb a staircase with some speed. This can help you measure your staying power, and also be an efficient exercise to increase the same.

Interval Training: This is characterized by a period of intense strenuous workout followed by a shorter span of moderate exercise. For instance if you do a minute of step touch after doing fifty pushups, it will be called an interval training. It has been found to be a great way to increase stamina.

Cross Training: This simply involves changing your exercises regularly. In this process, you don’t let your body to get accustomed to a particular method of workout and thus automatically give a boost to your stamina.

Team Sports: Even if you are not into a regular fitness training schedule, normal team sports like soccer or volleyball can also be great when it comes to increasing your stamina. Moreover these can be very exciting too!

So, there are several exercises that can keep you energetic and active for a longer period of time. You can easily increase your stamina by doing any or all of these exercises. If you do so under the supervision of a certified fitness trainer, huffing and puffing for breath will be history sooner than you think!

A boot camp Diamond Bar program is a great way to increase your stamina and endurance with fitness exercise.

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