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What is It Like to Be A Professional MMA Fighter: Tips & Drills

What is It Like to Be A Professional MMA Fighter: Tips & Drills

Baansuri Dass 14 November, 2022 Updated on : 29 Nov 2022
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The training program of professional MMA fighters includes intense cardio workouts and weightlifting. It is a combination of several fighting styles. Mixed Martial Arts or MMA is a full-combat sport, that emerged from the blend of wrestling, judo, boxing, and Taekwondo. Combat fighters are some of the best-conditioned athletes in the world. MMA training requires your dedicated effort in the conditioning of your skills, alas it will be useless if you don’t follow a routine that may ask you to be loyal to continuous strength building.

MMA strength and conditioning involves metabolic conditioning workouts (MetCon) that burn calories during and even when the workouts end. Learning MMA is not a cake, if you dedicatedly want to build yourself in the right direction you must align your focus with the right method as well. Mixed martial art classes are the best method to begin your training for combat lessons. You can find MMA training for beginners on FITPASS.
 
The MetCon workouts for MMA training are more intense workouts as compared to other workouts. Mostly, they involve the whole body with short periods of rest time, specifically designed to push your limits to develop endurance and get toned. There are various workout regimes that have been designed by experts in the industry. These are the mixture of burpee variations, and core and abs movements. Each circuit of the workout consists of 10 exercises targeting the movements that involve Kettlebell or Compound Strength Movement, Abs or Core, Squat or Lunges, Push or Pull, or Press. The equipment includes your Bodyweight, Kettlebell, Dumbbell, Barbell, Stability Balls, Resistance Bands, Sandbags, Medicine Balls, etc.

Fundamentals to Remember Before You Begin Your MMA Fighter Journey:

  1. Set Your Focus In The Right Direction

As the name suggests, MMA is a blend or mix of martial arts. The combating techniques are indulged in one form which has been inspired by other forms of martial arts. If you are planning to learn MMA, you can begin learning one of the martial arts also. But remember, only strength building may need not help you to achieve your goals. Invest your energy in the right direction.

  1. Amplify Endurance

It’s not only about fighting in the ring; it’s about sustaining yourself and standing straight while the punches are pinning you down again and again. Perform workouts in circuits. Perform each exercise for about 45-60 secs with a little rest time in between. This way your body shall develop endurance to retain itself for hard-hitting matches.

  1. Train Your Core

The amount of power behind your punches depends upon the strength of your core. Make sure your workouts must accumulate exercises that specifically target core areas. Involve resistance training in your workouts. Focus on fewer reps with weights rather than more reps with no weights.

  1. Eat Right

Engage in an efficient healthy diet including good carbs and fat. With such a lifestyle commitment, your diet is arguably the most important thing that will help you to grow and go farther in the field. Everything in the right amount is useful as your body is in a constant calorie-burning zone, so giving it a nutritious balanced diet is necessary.

Following is a table designed for you to work out like a trained professional MMA Fighter. You can follow and perform it at least thrice a week so that you build strength, and endurance & boost metabolism levels. Get set to burn the best out of you.

EXERCISE

ROUTUNE

Kettlebell Swings (Side-To-Side)

60 SEC

 

 

BREAK

15 SEC

 

 

Left Leg Burpees

60 SEC

 

 

BREAK

15 SEC

 

 

Right Leg Burpees

60 SEC

 

 

BREAK

15 SEC

 

 

Left Leg Bicycle Kick

60 SEC

 

 

BREAK

15 SEC

 

 

Right Leg Bicycle Kick

60 SEC

 

 

BREAK

15 SEC

 

 

Plyo Push-up Burpees

60 SEC

 

 

BREAK

15 SEC

 

 

Zercher Forward Lunges

60 SEC

 

 

BREAK

15 SEC

 

 

Dumbbell Burpees

60 SEC

 

 

BREAK

15 SEC

 

 

Barbell High Pull

60 SEC

 

 

BREAK

15 SEC

 

 

Speed Climber Burpees

60 SEC

 

 

BREAK

15 SEC

 

 

Dumbbell Punches

60 SEC

*Perform three sets or more with 2 min intervals.

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