Mixed martial arts is a full contact combat sport. It involves stand up striking and grappling on the ground. Various martial arts techniques are implemented along with other combat sports techniques.

People are training MMA for personal reasons whether it is for self-defense, to become a professional fighter or just to attain a fighter physique.

There are many civilians that want to chisel their body to appear as fighting machines just like professional MMA fighters. However, although these people are training, they are not interested in fighting in the octagon. Most people fail to understand that there is a difference between MMA conditioning training and bodybuilding. Many people do not want to develop big and bulky muscles and prefer to develop a fit and toned body like a pro fighter.

Professional fighters training is specific

There is a big difference between conditioning for amateur and professional fights. Amateur fights are 3×3 minute rounds. Whereas professional MMA fights are 3×5 minute rounds and championship fights are increased to 5×5 minute rounds. Therefore a 9, 15 or 25 minutes fight requires a range of endurance capabilities. In regards to the makeup of a successful MMA fighter, both aerobic and anaerobic energy systems are utilized in order to last the whole duration of the fight and to perform the short high-intensity bursts to compete with their opponent.

In order to create a well-rounded athlete. MMA strength and conditioning workouts use equipment such as:

  • Kettlebells
  • Sandbags
  • Barbells
  • Battle Ropes
  • Bodyweight

These things are used for MMA training. A comprehensive training programme will include exercises to train strength power endurance and prepare your body for the grueling challenges of a fight.

Is muscle effective for MMA fighters?

Many people wonder about having huge muscle mass and if it is effective for fighting.

It is common to see fighters with a large muscle mass having poor cardiovascular conditioning. Not utilizing their energy systems or neglecting aerobic training from their fight preparation will lead to undeveloped conditioning.

It is possible that these fighters have focused too much of their time on exercised that increase hypertrophy such as compound exercises which include squats, deadlifts, bench press. It is possible for fighters to implements exercise that increase muscle mass successful if it is done over a long-term and alongside aerobic training methods.  

Watch out for uncertified coaches

With all of the information available on the internet, it is very easy to choose an ineffective path for conditioning as there is a huge amount of self-certified MMA strength and condition coaches offering their advice and services on social media platforms.

It is important to find a coach that can teach you the correct techniques and also help you to follow an effective strength and conditioning programme along with nutrition advice. An effective training programme should improve techniques, strength, power and cardiovascular endurance. It should incorporate these training aspects without compromising each other.