There are few basic exercises that you have to include in your MMA strength training. Start with warm up to improve your mobility and to avoid injuries, followed by basic general strength exercises such as dead-lifts, chin-ups, squats, lunges and bench press. General strength is important for developing power which is needed for explosiveness and knock-out kicks.
Is it hard work? Of course! But as Larry Batista of the Karate Academy of Bethpage writes,
“Hard training requires a lot of physical stamina, but it also builds mental and spiritual strength too.“
To deliver that knock-out kick you will have to rotate your whole body hence your core is the centre of your striking power. The knock-out kick comes from technique, body-weight, speed and power, so if you miss out on a simple core body rotation, that connects all of these components together, you won’t deliver that knockout kick. So don’t forget to include core exercises like static core stability and dynamic core stability exercises in your strength training.
By practicing these exercises you will develop strength need for MMA. All of them are equally important for your development and all of these muscle groups have to be involved to achieve their maximum impact.
Few tips – make sure you have well developed program that suits your needs. If you don’t have it, hire a professional to develop a specific program just for you or you can download one from my website.
Depending on your needs, you should have two to three strength and cardio trainings a week but two should be a minimum. When adding your strength training to your normal MMA training, make sure that you have enough rest to allow your muscles to recover.
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