Many MMA beginners are oblivious of what it takes to be a serious fighter and jump into the sport without the proper training tips. Although expert advice isn’t always easy to come by, the internet can be very helpful and give you a better understanding of the sport. Here are five expert tips that every beginner should take into consideration.
1. Be Organized
Many beginners are oblivious to what a serious MMA workout circuit is. Like most sports, MMA has specific workouts that are supposed to make you a better fighter. Do your research and find workouts that will help with the muscles you need to be working. The worse thing you can do is do pointless workouts that won’t be able to help you.
The biggest problem most beginners face when first starting MMA is the commitment you must make to the sport. MMA is considered one of the hardest sports to train for, and the fighters who are able to commit to the serious training and conditioning are very hard working and physically gifted. However, MMA isn’t always for everyone because some people can’t commit to the sport mentally and physically. If you know you can’t commit, then MMA isn’t the sport for you.
3. Cardio and Strength Training
To become a serious MMA fighter, you have to develop a good cardiovascular and strength base either by oneself’ or at an MMA gym. To develop the base you have to progressively increase the intensity of both your cardio and strength components in your training program. To start the base before you join an MMA gym will give you a better idea if you have the mental and physical ability to become an MMA fighter. On top of learning your mental and physical abilities, you also learn if you can make the commitment to the sport.
4. Train Safely and Smart
MMA is about building your body up to make it stronger, not tearing it down. If you train safely and smart, you’ll avoid injury to yourself and your training partners. Some beginners believe if you are training safely then you are not training hard enough. This statement is incorrect because if you are going as hard as your body can go and you are going efficiently, then your body should stay healthy. When you get injured, you are forced out of training the next day and possibly longer considering how serious the injury really is. Competition can be healthy when you are in the gym, but don’t get too competitive with your teammates. If you get too competitive, there is a bigger risk of injury.
This should be self-explanatory, but it usually overlooked by beginners. Stretching is one of the easiest ways to stay healthy. A flexible body is something that makes the differences in how long a career can last. Randy Couture is a good example that stretching is something that is very important. At the age 47, Couture is still one of the most flexible fighters in the sport and stretching is behind his success. Stretching also helps your performance in both striking and grappling. If you neglect stretching, your body will pay the price. There are chances of many injuries in the immediate future and as you get older. If you learn to listen to the messages your body sends you and take care of the problem yourself, you’ll be able to stay in the game as long as possible.
MMA isn’t always the sport for everyone. Some people can’t commit to the time, while others aren’t gifted with the physical ability. But for the fighters who are able to manage everything that comes with MMA, always remember to compete to the fullest. BOLA TANGKAS