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.
Any series of exercises that has a goal to make someone throw up is foolish. Do we really need to go into this more? It’s just dumb. Never have this goal.
High-risk movement when the athlete is very fatigued. Yes, we need to put the athlete in challenging positions and conditioning so they learn to adapt. However, doing something that can cause significant injury is just not smart. Use higher risk exercises towards the beginning of a training session. They will be performed better and there is a lower chance of injury.
Don’t do strength training just prior to martial arts training. Why? Your athlete is not a bodybuilder. Strength training is secondary to martial arts. If you are doing both movements on the same day, regardless of duration or intensity, do martial arts training first. Try doing a great technique on your kicks after heavy deadlifts or squats. Do 8 rounds of boxing after a lot of overhead presses. It’s just not fun, and your technique will falter. The ONLY exception to this rule is possibly some off-season training just to pre-exhaust the muscles. But, remember, if you lift first, the technique is going out the window. We still don’t like the idea.
How many more “bad ideas” can you think of that don’t make sense, and are often unsafe?
Your student’s safety is always your number one priority. After that, you focus on results.
Thanks for reading.
The MMA Conditioning Association Team
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