You may be wondering how you are going to do MMA training outdoors since you often use a mat.
Well, you are in a for a pleasant surprise. You have options.
You’ve likely seen the video of fighters in Brazil training in the surf on famous beaches in Rio. There’s nothing like trying to do a takedown in 2 feet of water. Of course, you need to be careful, and everyone needs to be respectful to stay safe.
The Israeli Army (IDF) trains in Krav Maga. Because of the nature of their martial arts training, they often train on the beach, in the desert, in the water and even urban environments to better prepare them for any scenario.
We’re sure you are familiar with other examples.
Here are some simple examples of how you can train outdoors a couple times a month to overcome any chance of boredom in the gym:
1. Do “in and out of the water” drills like lifeguards do. When you are out of the water, do some type of martial arts specific drill/technique. Repeat.
2. Plyo jumps in the sand and kicking drill combos
3. Find a grassy hill. Drag a chain up the hill. Drag it back down. Then practice “shots” up the hill. Walk down. Recover. Repeat.
4. Jump rope while jogging (safely), then shadow box. Repeat.
5. Set up an outdoor circuit/obstacle course with martial arts drills included.
6. Find a park with exercise equipment (the type that is secured by concrete footings in the dirt). Use that equipment with a combination of martial arts specific technique drills.
7. Do a full hour of outdoor yoga with movements most helpful to martial arts.
As you can see, you have endless options. We’re sure as you’ve read through this list you have come up with several ideas of your own.
We always welcome your feedback and ideas.
Thanks for reading.
The MMA Conditioning Association/NESTA Team