The fitness industry is well aware of the amazing bodies achieved by MMA fighters. Top MMA professional fighters such as Georges St-Pierre have super athletic, ripped and lean bodies and look terrific without the shirt on. But it’s not just about looking good for MMA fighters – it is about achieving super human strength, fitness, endurance and flexibility. That’s what they get from MMA training workouts exercises.
MMA training workouts exercises build agility and endurance and help a fighter survive a tough round during a fight when an opponent is mercilessly attacking them. These exercises build both aerobic and anaerobic systems and build a superior level of fitness. Let’s discuss how to take your fitness to the ultimate level with these amazing MMA training workouts exercises.
Every professional athlete, bodybuilder or fighter does pull-ups and MMA fighters are no different. Pull-ups not only strength the back, shoulders and the arms, they also make the grip so much stronger. For an MMA fighter, a strong grip is crucial as well as a powerful back. Regular pull-ups give them the strength they seek so badly and are very easy to execute. You can perform pull-ups at home too by fixing a pull-up bar in the doorway.
Push-ups are the oldest exercise known to man. Even going as far back as the days of the Greek civilization, warriors were tested based on how many push-ups they could perform without breaking down. Push-ups are important for MMA fighters as they build tremendous strength in them and are a complete exercise that workout almost all parts of the body – core, glutes, shoulders, back, quads and arms. The best way to do push-ups is to be creative with them, do them on medicine balls, on bands or handstands.
Trap Bar Deadlifts
Trap bar deadlifts are so effective because of how the bar is aligned – the center of gravity of the bar is in line with the center of gravity of the athlete, which makes lifting heavier weights much easier, than in the case of a more common deadlift. Trap bar deadlifts help with optimal positioning and bracing which is so essential for strengthening of the core. They help with the quads and glutes as well, which helps during a fight.
Step-ups benefit both the upper and lower bodies. They offer much greater stability to the joints and superior strength to the core. Step-ups focus all the tension on the front foot by pulling the toe up on the trail foot. But you should be careful enough to decelerate in a controlled manner while returning back to the ground after each step-up.
Most of us have probably done rope climbing back in the high school gym. Rope climbing is quite simple – a rope is hung from the roof at the center of the gym and you are supposed to use all your strength and agility to climb to the top and then come back down. Do this repeatedly over months and feel the power rushing through your body, which serves you well during a fight.
Kettlebell swings make the grip stronger, provide a more powerful hip extension – which is so important for a fighter and helps learn techniques for regulating breathing, which one needs during an intense fight. Kettlebell swings are valuable additions to any MMA training workout program.
Power Rope Exercises
Power ropes help MMA fighters build enormous strength which is so useful when they are in non-advantageous positions, where their opponent has an edge over them. These exercises help athletes react faster and not to be restricted by the rigidity of their movements. They are always moving and flowing as they use the ropes, which is why power rope exercises are the most natural workouts out there.
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