For any sport you play, but especially in MMA, it is absolutely critical to train in a manner that will garner the greatest gains for you as an individual athlete. Training is specific and thus you must tailor your fitness routine to whatever your goals as an athlete are. For MMA the goal for every fighter is a mixture of General Physical preparation (GPP), metabolic conditioning and technique practice and reflex training.
General Physical Preparation, according to Randy Couture, can be broken down into eight categories: strength, speed, power, size, endurance, coordination, balance and agility. Each must be developed in order to compete at a high level, as they encompass the base athletic abilities required to thrive against any opponent in the cage. (we will go over them all individually in the coming blogs)
Parallel to GPP is metabolic conditioning, which can be generally broken down into two categories: aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic conditioning is, very simply, training using oxygen to fuel metabolism while anaerobic conditioning is the training of your muscles to perform in non-oxygen rich environments (for example, when doing higher intensity exercises). We will go over these as well in more detail in later blogs.
The final piece to a complete MMA training camp is technique practice and reflex conditioning. This is probably the most important aspect to a successful camp because this is where you will be focusing on how to implement your plan for the next opponent. Choosing techniques to work on in order to combat your adversary’s strengths and then making these moves reflexive is a huge part of what makes great fighters great.
By training General Physical Preparation, metabolic conditioning and technique practice and reflex training to the best of your abilities, as a fighter, you will be surprised and impressed with the progress you will make in a short period of time as well as with the long term effects that a training program like this will have on your overall abilities in the cage.
By Dylan Davie
Training for MMA: Part II next week.