So you’re thinking about getting into MMA, or maybe you’ve already joined a gym. Before taking that first step on the mat though, here are a few tips to keep in mind…so you can become the ultimate warrior!
1) Always stretch before and after.
MMA isn’t just about strength; flexibility also plays a big role in this discipline. Stretching before and after your workout can help improve your flexibility and will eventually become the easiest part of your training. Skipping your stretching can quickly put you right back to where you started. Keep at it!
2) Be honest with yourself.
Whether you’re already an advanced athlete or you’re just starting out, you’ll need to be honest and open about your fitness levels. Tell your trainer exactly where you need to begin. Even if you believe you are advanced, the fitness-oriented MMA workouts at your gym can be completely different than where you previously trained. The last thing anyone wants is for you to end up hurting yourself. Everyone has to start somewhere.
3) Work on your core.
By training your core, you’ll be able to increase the power of your punches and kicks. This is because your core is the center of your being; it’s where all of your strength comes from in the first place. Try some core exercises to build up your strength such as: sit up punches, planks, and hanging leg raises.
4) Eat the right foods.
Do as much research as you can on clean, healthy eating to better understand what kind of nutrition will work best for your body type and fitness goals.
5) Be patient.
Accept that you won’t become an ultimate fighter overnight. The worst thing you can do is push yourself to doing exercises that are beyond your ability level (see number 3). Remember it takes time to build muscle, strength and flexibility.
6) Get some sleep.
Getting enough each night rest is key to building your strength and developing your stamina. Your body needs time to rejuvenate after high impact training.
MMA fighting can be difficult, especially if you have no idea where to start. You’ve taken the initial step in researching which gym is best for you. So get prepared by training smart and doing your homework. And have fun!
Adam & Amanda
We have spent most of our adult lives training and guiding thousands of people toward better health & fitness. We have created this A4 Blog in order to better educate our friends & members. We will answer any of your health / fitness / nutrition questions as well as keeping you posted on what's new at A4.