Many athletes that get into MMA do if for their health since this type of training is great for physical development while other athletes are drawn in by the thought of fighting in the ring or ocatgon. One great thing MMA has done is it has forced the instructors to learn and teach more than just one discipline. In this article we will go over 4 key areas that will help your quest of becoming an MMA fighter or just in better shape. We are assuming that you don’t have access to any MMA training camps like you would if you lived in Vegas. These four elements can be used in any town across the US.
1. Punching and Kicking (Boxing, Karate, Muay Thai)
This work is to quicken you hand and feet work and can be done with a heavy back o if you can train with a partner who can hold either the kicking bags or focus mitts. Focus mitts are an excellent training technique to improve your hand eye coordination as well as improving your quickness. To get that knockout power you can train with the heavy bag.
2. Strength training (Power Cleans, Snatch, Jerk)
Most of you strength training needs to consist of compound exercises. This means staying away from movements that focus on only one muscle and work on movements that hit numerous muscles to train explosiveness. Unlike body builders that want to isolate the muscle for maximum growth you want to train your muscle to work together and have then fire exactly at the same time. Lifting heavy weights is exactly how you do this. The Olympic lifts are excellent at doing this while also training your core. To improve on explosiveness and quickness the jerk, clean, and power cleans are the best lifts you can do. When it comes to training always choose a dumbell over a barbell and a barbell over a machine Although machines have their place when it comes to physical development and exercise it is much better for MMA workouts to choose the barbell and even better the dubmell. Use dubmells with as many excercises as you can. This again will train your muscles both on your left and right side to explode together and also strengthens your core due to balancing the dumbbells.
3. Ground Training (Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be difficult to train on your own but you can get BJJ dummies that really help simulate a partner to practice your submissions. To practice this part of your game it is best to join a school or class. Even if you can get to class once a week and train at home the rest of the time can provide a great deal of benefits~If time or traveling is an issue you can even train at home while making it to an martial arts training at least one day a week to train in the correct techniques. One place to also look is at your local high school. Many wrestling programs would love having an additional assistant coach and in turn your can get in their and do some learning and give the kids a good workout also.
4. MMA Training
MMA is a game of being well rounded and not specific to one style of martial arts. This can make it tough to train since a lot of schools and trainers don’t have multiple skills yet. Since students are wanting to become a more rounded fighter like in MMA many instructors are forced to take on more styles than they normally would have in order to learn these styles. Taekwondo is known for its stand up with high kicks to the head have even started teaching their students some ground movements. So whether you have a school close by that trains in all the different disciplines or you have to go multiple places to get your MMA workouts and get better it is well worth it.
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