First, you have to be long and lanky, like a spaghetti noodle. If you're not noodlely, then you probably won't be world class.
If you can find a coach, then Olympic lifting will really help you.
If you can't find a coach, I would do SS, but once I was into it, I'd do accessories that would benefit fencing, such as lunges, farmer's walks with pauses(walk 5 feet, stop, walk 5 feet, stop), hang cleans.
Also, a flexibility program like starting stretching, would be good for you.
>>35521059 Start running and doing reverse everything. Run backwards, walk backwards, Lunge backwards, and backwards. Source I fenced in my youth. I never made it because I was too tense according to my coach, I needed to loosen up start running more and work on my retreat.
One of my mates at school was on the U18/U21 Great British squad, and I did it with him for a couple of years. He was pretty built, did a classic bro split. Mostly upper body.
However, in our last year at school his coach told him he was getting too big and it was slowing him down noticeably, so he switched to just two weights sessions a weeks, focussing on explosive power and then ran two other days of the week, on top of 2 fencing sessions a week.
You'll need cardio. I was primarily a swimmer at the time, and the cardio was extremely useful. Shoulder strength was useful too.
Honestly, the best way to get a better body for fencing is to do lots and lots of fencing.
>>35521059 I fenced for a few years, became a champion in a few noob tourneys. You wanna be skinny and explosive. I literally quit fencing because I grew out of my equipment after I started lifting. Shit like plyometrics, sprinting, and general hip flexibility are way better than lifting for fencing
>>35521059 Do a full body routine like SS. Fencing leaves you weak as fuck. Literally been fencing for 7 years and started lifting about 9 months ago because I was a walking skelton with a disproportionally bigger right side than left. The best exercises for me were squats and OHP. After all fencing is mainly coordination and endurance onve youve learnt the basics.
Explosive power from the legs is the main non-training non-conditioning aspect of fencing, so the main aspect of strength training to do would be power cleans. Squats and deadlifts and some basic pressing exercises wouldn't hurt either to help develop full body muscular control.
But of course, it's almost all training. So the routine one should have to get good at fencing is something like AAAAAxx, where A is fencing drills 1 hour, fencing practice sparring 1 hour.
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