Wednesday, 2 December 2009

How to Become an MMA fighter

For those of you that haven't witnessed a mixed martial arts event before, you should. Why? Simply because mixed martial artists are the best conditioned athletes in the world today. Said another way, back in high school you likely remember that high school wrestling team. Maybe you were even on the team. Regardless as to whether you were on the team, were part of another sport that saw them after school, or just plain stayed after for other reasons and came across them, it seems that everyone in the world has the same recollection of what those wrestlers did.

They ran stairs over and over and over again. No doubt you were either impressed with yourself (if you were a part of the team) or were impressed with them (if you weren't on the team). So why did they do all of that stair climbing?

Here's why. Running stairs and/ or uphill improves speed, strength, and explosiveness at the same time. The interesting thing is that as amazing as those wrestlers were, they weren't asked to do nearly as much as mixed martial arts fighters are today. For reference, add in Muay Thai kickboxing, submissions/ jiu- jitsu, and the fact that they need to be able to employ everything while being struck.

In other words, anyone that practices mixed martial arts needs to be in outstanding condition.

Then there is the rest of the world. We'd all love to be in that kind of shape whether we actually want to fight in a cage or not. Along with this, if you want to have the endurance of a professional MMA athlete, which by the way nearly every mixed martial arts fighter will tell you is paramount to success in the sport, here are some guidelines for laymen (non- fighters) to consider.

Disclaimer: Never attempt any workout program without first consulting a professional in the field and physician. No article can suffice for this. Further, it is always important to start small and work up.

Running: Here's the thing: Just jogging leisurely on a treadmill or track won't do it, even if there is a place for that. Running at a steady pace does have some worth in terms of health, for sure. However, mixed martial arts fighters are capable of going from zero to 60 in a small amount of time. In other words, a fight isn't just a gradual thing in its entirety like jogging is. Rather, the speed with which fighters move in a cage must vary. Therefore, so should your running workout.

In other words, jog at a steady pace for several minutes and then move the speed up to three quarters or a sprint. Then after a certain period of time, drop the speed down to what you were doing before you started sprinting. Then repeat. This is similar to what was asked in those Bigger, Faster, Stronger workouts back in the day.

This kind of running workout will improve both general cardio and explosiveness.

By the way, remember that whole running stairs thing? Well, it works. Sprinting up stairs or hills and then jogging down is great for explosiveness and cardio. In fact, Tito Ortiz, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion, is a big proponent of running uphill with resistance.

Thus, if you want to have mixed martial arts (MMA) endurance your running workouts will likely need to be about more than just a slow jog. Further, you'll have to do this a couple of times per week- but not more than three times- as you don't want to over train.

Building The Core

Basically, this is the stomach and lower back. However, to be even more accurate the core refers to the muscles that run the length of the trunk and torso. When these contract they stabilize the spine, pelvis and shoulder girdle; thus, they are supportive in nature. Interestingly, the powerful movements we generate in the extremities all come from this area, and it is for this reason that many people believe the core is the most important thing for a fighter to focus on when it comes to conditioning. Luckily, focusing on this area in combination with good eating (which would be a whole separate article) and cardio exercises will leave you looking good.

Some exercises used to develop the core include crunches, leg lifts (though many people don't like this exercise due to the way it can wear and tear on your back), bicycles, abdominal bracing (bracing is when someone attempts to pull their navel back toward their spine), work with medicine balls, yoga, and push ups (remember that almost every exercise can work the core, not just the obvious ones). In addition, there are various pieces of equipment out there that help accomplish this task. Just watch some infomercials for a ton of options.

Since the core is so important, many believe that it should be worked almost everyday.

General Weightlifting

Nearly all mixed martial arts fighters lift weights these days. Generally, however, this is only done 2-3 days per week. Is it absolutely necessary? Perhaps not as Fedor Emelianenko, widely considered the greatest MMA fighter on the planet today, doesn't even work out with weights and is still known as one of the most powerful people to ever grace a mixed martial arts stage. Still, most fighters do lift weights to improve strength, explosiveness, and to help avoid injury.

Some weightlifting exercises designed to increase explosiveness can be seen here -- Squatting –To Be Explosive, Train Explosive -- and include dumbbell jerks, finger cleans, and dumbbell squats.

In addition, standard exercises like the bench press, squat, upright rows, curls, bent over rows, military press, leg curls and extensions, and more may also be beneficial. Oftentimes, these exercises are done with low repetitions and several sets to promote power.

Now if you don't want to lift weights, you'll have to get imaginative in order to build strength. Some ideas are chopping wood (or using a large hammer to drill down on a tire-see Paulo Filho), push ups, and chin ups.

Stand Up Training

You've heard it before. Cardio kickboxing can really boost one's cardio and fitness level. For non- fighters that want to be in great shape, this will do the trick. The next step up could be several five- minute rounds of bag work (make sure that you know how to punch and kick before engaging in this). At most do this a couple of times per week.

Of course, if you're really into fighting and not just getting in shape like a fighter, try live sparring under the supervision of an appropriate professional.

Speaking of real fighting. . .

Real fighting/ sparring

This is the problem for people that want to have the endurance of a mixed martial arts fighter but don't want to fight. It really can't happen. You can come close for sure. But the thing that works to get people in MMA shape best is submission grappling and sparring in a cage or on a mat. There's simply nothing like it. Bas Rutten, former UFC Champion and current MMA commentator, has indicated in the past that even marathon runners have gassed before when they've come into his gym. Simply put, wrestling is like a tuggle war that never ends. Stand up fighting is a different kind of cardio, more explosion and speed. To be able to do both 100% requires that you practice using the muscles involved.

And that means training to be a fighter.

Search Google for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) gyms in your area, and then give them a call. Take a class on beginner's kickboxing. Don't worry -- it's for beginners. The training is likely to be the light and include a mitt-work (punching / kicking mitts) and foot work (how you move on your feet).

After you've taken a few kickboxing classes and gotten to know the trainers and feel good about the gym, attend classes on beginner's grappling. Sure, you'll most likely be grappling with other students, but it's likely to be light, with most of the focus on technique, while developing endurance.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Muay Thai and MMA Fighting Instruction with Razor Rob Mccullough

Name Rob McCullough
Nick Name Razor
Record 17 - 6 - 0 (Win - Loss - Draw)
Wins 9 (T)KOs ( 52.94 %)
3 Submissions ( 17.65 %)
5 Decisions ( 29.41 %)

Losses 1 (T)KOs ( 16.67 %)
5 Decisions ( 83.33 %)

Association Team Oyama
Height 5'8" (173cm)
Weight 155lbs (71kg)
Style Muay Thai
Birth Date 1977-05-26
City Huntington Beach, California
Country United States

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Tito Ortiz the Huntington Beach Bad Boy interview

Follow the link to hear how the huntington beach bad boy gets in to the condition that has made him an MMA legand.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Caveman Training Extreme MMA Workout

Ever wondered how the worlds toughest athletes get into jaw dropping condition?and how they manage to go round after round at full intensity?bellow is just part of an MMA fighters training.Caveman training is extreme and will hurt the weak,but if you can see through a whole session of this i give my word you`ll be looking forward to a hard tough day of cardio.

A calculated mix of traditional and novel strength and conditioning exercises, Caveman Training is prided on its specificity as much as its difficulty. It produces fast and measurable results whether you're seeking muscle mass and definition or looking to boost performance in a particular sport or activity. "It takes the best of all training methods and puts them into a truly comprehensive routine that's goal-specific."

So says Scott Ramsdell, creator of Caveman Training and owner of Minnesota-based Athletic Performance Inc. (API), where Sherk and a handful of other top-tier mixed martial artists endure the frenzied and relentless pace of this system before heading to the Octagon. Ramsdell conceived of Caveman Training with athletes in mind but has expanded it to include more than 80 detailed routines that anyone can do, depending on their goals and experience levels.

"Caveman Training originated here at API," he says. "I was tired of the play-it-safe attitude with athletes. I was tired of seeing them coddled as if they were going to get injured or die if they were pushed too hard. I've heard from every one of my fighters that their training with me is harder than their fights. I believe this should be true of every sport. The training and preparation for the competition should be harder than the competition itself."

While API's Scott Ramsdell recommends performing Caveman Training under a certified trainer's supervision, particularly if you're new to it, he offers up these three routines as a broad sample of what he puts his athletes through. He also has a rating system - gold, silver or bronze - depending on how long it takes you to finish each workout.

In this workout, the reps are few and the weights are fairly heavy. Pace is the ultimate controlling factor in how effective this routine can be.

Treadmill (10% incline/10 mph) 20 seconds
Slosh Pipe Overhead Squat 5 rep
Wide-Grip Pull-Up 5 reps
Double-Under Jump (jump rope) 20 reps
Heavy Bag Twirl (60-pound bag) 5 reps
Box Jump (24" platform) 10 reps
Double-Under Jump (jump rope) 20 reps
Sandbag Clean and Press 5 reps

Going Caveman: Start from the top of the list and work your way down as fast as possible while maintaining good form on each exercise. There's no scheduled rest. Perform the sequence 10 times total, noting your time after the final sandbag clean and press.

Score Gold: 20 minutes or less; silver: 20:01-25:00; bronze: 25:01+

Routines like this can give medicine balls a nasty reputation. This simple-looking workout, which should be performed using a 20-30-pound medicine ball, attacks your core and stabilizer muscles. If you're looking to make this one more interesting, do it interval style, alternating your pace from circuit to circuit.

Overhead Squat1 11-20
Close-Grip Push-Up2 11-20
Sit-Up1 11-20
Close-Grip Push-Up2 11-20
Overhead Squat1 11-20
200-yard sprint4 11-20

1 ball above your head; 2 both hands on the ball; 3 start by doing 11 reps per exercise, then add one rep each time through until you reach 20; 4 don't use medicine ball

Going Caveman: Complete each exercise in sequence in circuit fashion. Immediately dive back into the next set, and continue until you've reached 20 reps per exercise. Again, there's no scheduled rest. Don't forget to score your total time.

Score Gold: 18 minutes or less; silver: 18:01-22:00; bronze: 22:01+

Looking for a trial by fire? This power-focused routine amounts to 7-10 minutes of total work for most athletes but provides a healthy dose of muscle-building benefits in the process. "This must be done at sprint speed for it to be effective," Ramsdell says. "The weights must be moved as fast as possible:
Think short bursts of 100% effort with enough rest to allow for complete recovery."

Box Jump (24" platform) 10
Deadlift (185 pounds) 10
Thruster (40-pound dumbbells) 10
Pull-Up 10
Close-Grip Push-Up 10

Pull-Up 10
Bent-Over Row 10
Upright Row 10
Shoulder Press 10
Renegade Row 10

Note: Use 40-pound dumbbells for all exercises in Circuit 2 except the pull-up. Weights can be scaled down on any exercise to meet your experience level.

Going Caveman: Complete each exercise in Circuit 1, moving quickly from one exercise to the next without rest. At the end of Circuit 1, rest 3-4 minutes. Perform this circuit five times, recording your total work time for each run-through. Start Circuit 2, completing it in the same fashion as the first: five times through with 3-4 minutes of rest between circuits. Add your workout times from both circuits to get your score.

Score Gold: 6:30 minutes or less; silver: 6:31-8:00; bronze: 8:01+

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