The best way to improve as a fighter is to train for your sport! But only training for your sport can lead to injuries (see GPP article here: https://www.gymone22.com/post/sport-specific-vs-general-preparedness). If you only train for your sport, the joints/muscles/connective tissue being used are over-worked & under-prepared. The result? Overuse injuries… or in the case of fighters – the joint is less prepared to absorb the forces from the opponent (e.g. submissions, strikes, takedowns) A well-designed strength program will allow you to stay on the mats longer & recover faster. The more frequently you can train – injury free – the greater your chance of improving as an MMA fighter. Strength training develops resiliency in the muscles & connective tissue surrounding the joint. Simply put, the tissues that are commonly injured can handle more load & are less likely to be injured from the stress placed on them through fighting or training. Focus on this: 1. Move like an athlete MMA fighters have better control over their body then most athletes & they generally pick up of cues quickly. They’re able to head kick, shoot a double leg & roll but if they haven’t learned how to squat, hinge, push, pull & carry then there’s some serious room for improvement as an athlete. 2. Build general strength on major lifts Getting stronger on major lifts like the deadlift, squat, push-up, pull-up & row prepares a fighter to deal with the load of skills training & upcoming fights. This makes up the bulk of our strength classes with @profitnessmma. The more capable your body is at producing & resisting force, the decreased risk of injury. 3. Perform accessory work on commonly injured & over-used areas These areas are something we focus time on during our warm-ups & towards the end of the session. It’s important to top off our absolute strength work with direct training on key areas such as the neck, shoulders, grip, knees and groin & provide some core stability work.
We’ll go into more depth on the specifics later. We hope this helps you comprehend the importance of strength training & guides some of the decisions towards your training plan. #one22