Mixed Martial Arts have become a very popular sport. MMA fighters are one of the most complete athletes out there with an extreme level of fitness, strength and endurance. This means that you are going to be learning a large variety of martial arts training and conditioning that goes far beyond anything you have ever imagined. To become an MMA fighter takes absolute dedication to the sport and a change in your entire lifestyle. Not only would you train differently, you would also eat differently, sleep differently, and live differently. Perhaps the only other types of athletes that come close to this level of fitness are rowers. That is why MMA fighters have to choose wisely when it comes to MMA training workouts. An MMA fighter needs to develop a very high lactate threshold; otherwise he will be throwing up in between rounds. A good way to do this is with high interval training like wall to wall sprints, kettle bell swings, etc. He or she also need to increase their endurance by doing long cardio sessions either swimming, running, biking or any other activity that will allow for a sustained effort for a long period of time. Training for this sport will not only affect you but it will also affect your family and friends. Get used to not seeing a lot of your wife and kids while you are in training. If you are not focused on what you are learning, then you can get hurt in that ring.
Because of the nature of the sport and the demands of each fight, it is important to develop an all around routine that will address strength, power, strength endurance, increase lactate threshold and of course, develop a good fighting technique like Brazilian Jiu Jitzu or Judo.
Another good example of efficient MMA training workouts will include strength training consisting of pulling and pushing motions like squats, lunges, rows, pull ups and chin ups and core exercises like pull ups with knee raises, one of the most difficult exercises to do properly but that will develop a core of steel. Also, planks and side planks and modified versions of these exercises.
Some fighters really may look rather small in structure and you can’t help but wonder where they get the strength to make such intense blows to knock out their opponent! It takes quite a lot to qualify to become an amateur boxer and this training is considered one if not the most rigorous sport training programs. Obviously, the degree of training depends on the level of the boxer, for example a beginner would only go thorough very basic routines like hitting different kinds of bags (heavy bag, speed bag, double end bag) all with the protection of MMA gloves, shadowboxing which is used to as a warm-up to prepare the muscles for more vigorous physical training, and of course sparring which prepares the fighter for the actual fight. Other regular workouts include jogging, skipping and calisthenics all which increase fitness, flexibility and strength.
When a fighter has scheduled fights fast approaching, more intense and rigid training is required and may include changing of diet and sometimes even some solo time to clear your mind. Practice always makes perfect when it comes to boxing and sparring is the best way for fighters to improve their skill and abilities. Sparring partners wear more than the normal protective gear like shin, head and groin guards and sometimes agree to only make contact with the fighters’ body and avoiding the head, this policy protects the boxers head from serious injury while allowing the boxer to experience a real opponent. Whether it is fundamental boxing training or training done by professional boxers, boxing equipment is a must.