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.