MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
conditioning along with powerful stamina should not be taken
lightly in Mixed Martial Arts competition. Picture yourself
stepping into a Mixed Martial Arts match. You have been
physically active in Wrestling, Muay Thai, Boxing, and
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for many years. You know every single
technique in that discipline. Your kicking and striking is
solid, your takedowns are overwhelming, and you have a ground
game that is off the hook.
You enter the cage or mat knowing that you have the expertise
to defeat this opponent. Then the question steps into your
mind "Should I have consumed more time on MMA conditioning?"
Before you can contemplate on a remedy you hear the noise of
the bell. The battle has begun. Right off the get go you
deliver a few razor- sharp jabs and then take your challenger
down with such a quick single leg that he does not even have
an opportunity to defend it. From the ground you perform your
magic. You are in full command and feel like triumph will be
Things start to transform when you detect that with each mix
up you seem a little less dominant, and a little less in
control of the situation. All of a sudden the shortness of
breath steps in and the tide begins to turn on you. Your
opponent gets up into his fighting stance and the referee
yells over to you “Are you ready”? You are now totally out of
gas and the guy you are brawling identifies the situation. He
engages aggressively and you are now in a defensive posture.
You don't have a single drop of energy to launch an offensive
attack. Your legs feel like rubber, and your arms are so very
heavy. As moments pass, your body starts to feel like it is
crashing. He delivers the left hook and your hand is not
protecting. You come to your senses back stage asking the
question, “What happened”? It doesn`t matter how good you are
in MMA, if you don`t have the conditioning, you are going to
have a bad fight. Through a well-rounded MMA conditioning
program we can prevent that from ever happening again!
Conditioning program should have the following:
• Muscular Endurance
• Functional Strength
• Aerobic Capacity
• Anaerobic Capacity
Main ways to develop these attributes:
• Weight Lifting
• Functional Exercises
Where do I begin? The most important area is where you are the
weakest. Do I run out of gas easily? Am I extremely strong?
These are the type of questions to ask yourself so that you
know where you should be spending the most time. You can only
be as strong as your weakest link. You should never neglect
your strong areas. You should stay focus on those areas also.
You can eliminate your weaknesses and increase your strengths
with just a little thought when developing a good MMA
Remember, if you are in better physical shape than your
opponent, even if he or she has an edge in skill and
technique, the odds are greatly increased in your favor
because once your opponent runs out of gas; all technique and
strategy will very easily disappear.