Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) - Making Your Conditioning Count

Published: 08th May 2020
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Mimicking a fight is one of the best and most successful ways to prepare your body for competing in mixed martial arts matches. It's also good to learn how to see the different applications for your MMA as you go about your weight training. Building up a good endurance level is another way to train for MMA. High levels of endurance are important if you want to be an athlete who performs well here. Short burst of energy to execute a technique with speed and power are a must. So that is the type of mindset you must have when you are a MMA fighter. This is one of those sports that isn't for the dainty--you need to be tough both in mindset and in attitude.



Be careful to not overtrain! You might have diminished returns by doing too much all at once. Anyone that trains not much should feel proud about their achievements, but performance issues will definitely arise. You are almost guaranteed to be moody, and also not sleep enough, by following this type of pattern. So when you run, and do your running training, it is absolutely essential that you interject variety into the workout. Running at 50%, especially with lower intensity training, can be beneficial when done in intervals. High paced runs at shorter distances can also help you out in many ways. The world of track and field is a great reference for training, especially when you train for MMA throughout the week.



This kind of training demands that an MMA fighter be ready to be intense, take on difficult tasks and make a complete commitment. Making sure your training is balanced is really important and can be helpful in many different ways. There is a lot of psychological burnout that can come constant intense training and you need to work hard to avoid this and to avoid overuse injuries as well. Including some low-intensity workouts is the best way to accomplish this goal. When you're scheduling your workouts, make sure the week has a few of these spread through it. Tumbling and falling and similar kinetic exercises are a great way to accomplish this goal. You can jump rope to work on your cardiovascular and endurance training.



Fighting athletes have been using the lower weight class entry for decades so it's nothing new. Many MMA fighters will actually dehydrate their bodies to get into these lower categories. Pros and others do not approve of this. Most people do not.



It is totally up to you in a judgment call on your part. The less stressful it is for your body, the more highly recommended it will be in regard to cutting weight before a fight. Anyone that fights directly after dehydrating themselves will stand to be a poor performer. If you do dehydrate yourself, your strength and endurance levels will be much lower so keep that in mind. There is usually talk about training and the physical approach to MMA or mixed martial arts. But let's not forget about making it all possible through proper nutrition and healthy life habits. Getting enough sleep is very necessary. You need time for your body to recover, especially when training at peak levels. Every MMA fighter that excels always does their best to take care of the body.

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