Sometimes you just don’t have enough time (or the desire) to do a full workout. Yet, you know you need to do something.
This is the perfect time to do the 1 Technique + 1 Conditioning Drill Workout.
Here’s how it works:
On the day of your workout, you decide which technique you need to work on most.
But… How much do you apply that same philosophy to your business, your gym, or your training studio?
Consistency is vital to success in basically everything in life.
For some reason, coaches and trainers don’t always apply this same simple logic (and truth) to growing their business. This puzzles us!!!
JUST BE HONEST FOR A MOMENT…
How consistent have you been in the last month for any/all of the following?
As a fitness or conditioning expert for combat athletes, you’ve likely had thoughts of being cage side as one of your athletes enters the UFC octagon.
This is an incredible accomplishment. It’s highly coveted.
It’s most likely never going to happen.
Let’s be honest… the likelihood of one of your students getting to the UFC is slim to none. Yes, we know we have members who train fighters in the Bellator and UFC. Yes, we even have certified coaches who train UFC and Bellator World Champions…Quite a few in fact! [Read more…]
What do you think would make the sport of MMA better?
Sure, technique can always improve, and it is better more refined each year.
We must first look backward to move forward…
Traditional martial arts have something that a lot of modern martial arts are missing.
Can you guess what it is? [Read more…]
Group classes have benefits and drawbacks.
This is true if you are teaching BJJ, boxing or strength and conditioning.
The benefits of a group class include:
1. Group energy
2. Multiple training partners for doing drills
3. Learning through more observation
4. Often more fun
5. More friendships and bonding
The drawbacks of a group class can include:
1. Less individual attention
2. More general instruction to appease all levels
3. Possibly greater likelihood of injury
4. The desire to compete could lead to over-exertion
So, what do you do?
We often talk about the exercises that work well for combat athletes. We should also talk about those which are just foolish, not-optimal, and, yes…… dumb!
So, what are some exercises (or routines) that you should just avoid?
Doing highly technical skills (fighting technique) on an unstable surface is not wise. Why? You are not fighting on a ship in rough seas. You will never fight on a moving surface and need to execute perfect technique. You want to push off from a stable surface to do the fight technique. However, you can use (on a limited basis) an unstable surface for general conditioning for core (as an example). EXAMPLE: It wouldn’t make sense to train perfect punching technique for a power punch while balancing on our knees on a Swiss ball.
We know you’ve seen it, and maybe have even tried it.
You know…. the super-duper, ultra-complex, multi-angle, compound circuit, training day that looks far more like a circus act than a training protocol for combat athletes.
Yes, you do learn hundreds of scientifically proven training routines and principles in the MMA Conditioning Coach Certification course. However, you don’t need to combine all of them in any single workout. And, it’s unlikely you need all of them in a full season of training for any single athlete.
Your job is to have a massive toolbox of knowledge and skills. Then, you carefully select the best possible combination for the task at hand.
Keeping an Open Mind About MMA Training & Martial Arts Styles
We’ve all been surprised more than once by watching the outcome of a fight.
Right when you think you have it figured out, the striker gets in close on a grappler and gets choked out. Or, a really talented boxer is struggling to get inside on a strong kicker and takes a hard high kick to the cheek.
There are 1 million other scenarios that have played out.
This is what makes MMA so exciting and difficult to predict an outcome.
We’d like you to have that same open mind when it comes to the fitness and conditioning for you and your athletes.
One type of strength training (Olympic lifting as an example) may not give you what you need. In this case, there is no rotational movements, and martial arts are all about rotation.
Here’s another example: [Read more…]