The world’s most powerful combat sports combine in a one-on-one competition format. People need to be well versed in Kickboxing, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and more, let alone be strong, durable, and conditioned to train and compete. For anyone who has done martial arts you will know how physically taxing one martial art can be, let alone a mix of them. If you incorporate strength and fitness work to support your MMA training – which we suggest – then you have a recipe for success in terms of developing your MMA skills and new levels of strength and fitness.
Just as the sport of MMA involves a mixture of martial arts, the fitness training to support the sport also incorporates a mixture of training styles and techniques to prepare the body for any eventuality when training or competing. Mobility, cardio, speed and power are balanced with strength, strength endurance and a big gas tank. The tools used are varied too and include kettlebells, barbells, dumbbells, bodyweight and more. These tools are used in a way to simulate combat – a good MMA training program will develop your abilities across all the essential human movement patterns (squat, hinge, push, pull, carry) as you will need them, and this creates a well-balanced athlete who is ready to compete and win.
Graham Barber, Founder @ ATHLETE.CO