Training for MMA at Your Local Fitness Gym
Most people do not have the ability to workout at an actual mixed martial arts gym, and need to be able to do their fitness training somewhere, which would make a local gym the number one choice to make ends meet. Your main focus while training at your local gym is to build power, strength, and endurance through various exercises.
Strength and Endurance Exercises
As an MMA fighter you are going to be constantly using grappling and striking techniques while competing, and the different ways you build up these techniques is through push and pull exercises. This includes lateral pull downs, pull-ups, seated rows, bent over rows, lawn mowers, chest press, shoulder press, and deadlifts. You are not trying to do a bodybuilders heavy workout, and instead should be using a moderate amount of weight with a high amount of repetitions. This is going to boost your strength and endurance, which will lead to better air capacity during a match or sparring.
Power exercises are primarily composed of compound lifts. Compound lifts are different from isolation lifts because they workout several muscles in the body, opposed to just one or two muscles during isolation exercise. Your body needs almost every muscle to lift and balance your body out during compound lifts. MMA fighters need to perform compound lifts because it increases their explosive power, giving them an advantage in both offensive and defensive tactics. These exercises consist of squats, military press, cleans, lunges, deadlifts, and chest press.
Al these exercises can be performed at your local gym, and are the basic fundamental for all fighters in mixed martial arts. Remember to get into a good breathing habit while training in these exercises by breathing in before a lift, and breathing out during the lift. Your breathing cycle could possibly make or break you during your match!
Written By: Brian Pankau
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