There is no denying that many MMA fighters are in incredible shape. If you’ve never tried your hand at a martial art before, fighting is intense. MMA fighters need to be able to function for 5 rounds with each round being 5 minutes in length. With only one minute of rest time in between rounds you can bet that by then end of a match MMA fighters are spent.
So, what do MMA fighters do to be in top notch condition? A lot of training of course! Cardio, strength training and technical skill training are all a part of an MMA fighter’s workout routine. In this article we will outline some of the things MMA fighters do to stay in fighting shape, go ahead and try it out for yourself too!
Cardio, Cardio, And A Little More Cardio
Cardiovascular endurance is extremely important for an MMA fighter. Though strength training in also important, your cardiovascular endurance is what keeps your body going through a match. So how much cardio do MMA fighters do? Many of them do a lot. There is no one size fits all amount of time for any athlete to do cardio. Though cardiovascular endurance is important it isn’t always everyone’s favourite. Here are some ways that you can include cardio in your own workouts. If cardio isn’t your thing, switch it up regularly to keep it interesting.
Interval Training – interval training can be a good simulator for time spent in the ring. An MMA fighter won’t be active during the entire 5 minutes of a match. Instead fighting takes place in quick bursts. High intensity interval training (HITT) is effect and used by all kinds of high-level athletes.
Running – long distance running isn’t for everyone. But it is a great way to build cardiovascular endurance. Some MMA fighters add running into their daily routines and workout schedules.
Whole Body Cardio – cardio that involves the entire body can also double as strength training. Think jump squats combined with upper body movements like push ups. Using your entire body is another great way to simulate what you might do in an MMA match.
What Else Do They Do?
MMA fighters do more than just cardio. Most will do regular strength training such as weightlifting and other cross training exercises too. MMA fighters are most often fit people. If you are considering taking it up to improve your fitness level the main thing to know is that you should prioritize being fit. Do anything you enjoy to move your body and keep active.
Get Out and Join A Gym
If you want to experience what it feels like to train like an MMA fighter go to an MMA gym and start training! Try a free class and take action today. Let your coach know what your goals are. Whether you just want to be in great shape, or you want to begin competing as an MMA fighter an MMA instructor or personal trainer can help. See our previous article “What Makes a Good Personal Trainer” for guidance in choosing the right coach for you.