Being a professional fighter is something that not many kids say they want to be growing up, but with the recent popularity of the sport, is something that has been developing in teen years. Professional mixed martial artists are some of the most conditioned, strongest and mentally tough athletes in the world and anyone looking to get their body in ideal fighting shape can follow in the footsteps of some of the best fighters in the world like Urijah Faber and Miesha Tate. These fighters spend their entire lives training to be the best and you can too by following these simple tips.
Improve Your Cardio
Even if you don’t want to step inside the Octagon to compete in an MMA event, the better off your cardiovascular health, the stronger you will be at anything you do physically. If you lose your breathe after walking up two flights of stairs, you may realize that you need to change something. You can change your diet, hit the treadmill and start jumping rope. By combining these three aspects of training, you will improve your cardio health and be able to go a couple rounds if you need to.
Test Your Strength
To train like a fighter, you need to push yourself and test your strength like you never have before. When you watch MMA champions prepare for their fights with giant tires, 450 pound jerk lifts and hours in the gym at a time, they aren’t doing it only because they like. They are doing this to push their strength and build muscle and so they can develop extra power. By testing your body with workouts outside your comfort zone, your strength will increase drastically.
Build Your Endurance
The regular gym warriors think they have the best endurance in the world, but compared to MMA fighters, don’t even come close. To build your endurance up to the heights of an MMA fighter, there are numerous exercises you can do that will work. From box jumps and Swiss-ball rollouts to push presses and dumbbell bench presses, you will improve your overall health with just a few weeks of these explosive workouts. The more you do each workout, the more comfortable you will be and the higher the likelihood that your endurance will improve.
Stretching is an important part of being a professional MMA fighter. When a fighter goes to war for 25 minutes in a title fight, they will use just about every part of their body in the process. If you don’t stretch your entire body, you wouldn’t be able to compete in a fight of this magnitude without pulling a muscle, cramping or getting tired. The ability to stretch and be flexible is a major part of being able to pull off submission moves from your back in an MMA fight.
Mentally Prepare Yourself
The mental aspect of the professional fighting game is one of the most overlooked in the sport. Over the years, we have seen dozens of fighters that had the physical ability to compete at a high level, but struggle inside the cage because they weren’t mentally tough to be there. One way to make sure you aren’t one of those fighters that can’t cut it because your head isn’t there is to constantly prepare to go to war. Even when you are at the gym and have a light day, you need to treat it like your most difficult day. To train like a professional MMA cage fighter, you need to remind yourself at all times that there is no such thing as a light day.Whether your goal is to step inside a cage to fight MMA or just to get in the best shape of your life, these are many of the top exercises you can do that will allow to train like a cage fighter. Being a successful MMA fighter requires an equal mixture of cardio, strength, endurance, flexibility and mental toughness. Once you find the right mixture, you will be well on your way.