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So what does it take to make it in the Mixed Martial Arts? Do you really have to be super human? The subject is one of debate, but you do have to train real hard and intensely. Training and eventually competing in the MMA will take much more than just building muscle. If that’s all it took, I could just write an article about Body Building and call it a day since I have a background in Muscle Building.
But there’s much more to it than this. Here are some things you should consider incorporating into any successful MMA Strength Training Routine.
1.) 4 Basic Strength Lifts – The 4 main strength movements are the Squat, Bench Press, Military Press and Power Clean. These lifts will really tax your cardiovascular system and give you strength at the same time. Just these movements when done consistently over a period of months and years will build solid strength and muscle mass.
Train hard for 6 weeks or so then take a week off. Stick to the basics in the gym. Sure the dumbbells and cables are useful and can cut you up, but the 4 exercises above are bar none the best for adding solid mass to your structure.
2.) Aerobics – Lots of people think cardio is for sissies and associate it with ballet or skinny men walking around in tights but doing aerobics before your lifts will actually pump your muscles up and allow them to work more efficiently without prematurely fatiguing. 20 minutes is all it should take before you hit the weights. Plus in the middle of an intense MMA Fight you’ll some some cardio conditioning to get you through.
3.) Low Body Fat – You want to make sure your diet consists of a lot of Tuna, Fish, Eggs and high protein. Also buy some Whey Protein like Optimum 100% Whey. If you are trying to gain strength and mass eat all you want, just make sure that what you do eat is high in protein. If you are overweight and trying to shed some pounds, eat more frequently like 4-6 times per day but smaller meals and do more cardio.
4.) If you do plan on joining a Gym, make sure you join one with Boxing Equipment if you are doing MMA Strength Training. A lot of health clubs don’t offer this so make sure you take a tour before you sign on the dotted line.
5.) Keep a basic weight set at your house. This way you can still get a good chest pump even if you’re too busy to go to the gym or don’t wanna be around anyone. I’ve seen friends get extremely strong that never had a gym membership, just by using a $200.00 weight set they bought and used in their backyard or garage. So even if you join a club I’d also advise you own your own personal weight set.
Becoming an MMA Fighter requires you to be a Boxer, a Kick Boxer, a Wrestler as well as an expert in Judo. Not only do you have to be strong, you have to be quick and have endurance all at the same time. Also a tip I learned was if you don’t have a punching bag available, some people will jerry rig duct tape around towels around a vertical rafter and use that. But nowdays you can buy punching bags that support themselves without having to hang them from the ceiling like the old days.
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