Weight training is extremely important as it can give an athlete an edge over an opponent. Lifting weights increases strength and power – both essential ALL styles of martial arts. There are many weight training programs and variations that MMA athletes can use. Crossfit is an awesome way to increase strength and general fitness. Crossfit exercises vary and are done at high intensity. High intensity workouts in a short amount of time bring results. Another excellent form of weight training for MMA athletes to consider would be power lifting. Exercises like dead lifts, clean and jerk, and snatches and be done with weights to boost an athletes power dramatically.
An often overlooked, but extremely beneficial complement to strength and cardio training is yoga. Yoga brings the mind body and spirit into balance. A big part of the focus is on breathing, which a critical component in MMA. Fighters must breathe effectively to fight to their full potential throughout long bouts. Yoga can assist with mindful breathing, and connecting the body and mind. The poses and stretches bring along with them enormous benefits. Yoga is also excellent for preventing injury, as muscles are stretched and get more flexible over time.
One can see that MMA isn’t only about training the different styles of martial arts. Fighters must balance strength, cardio, and flexibility to compete at the highest levels. Being highly skilled in martial arts is the key to winning fights, but by adding other training exercises, an MMA athlete can seriously enhance his or her game. There is no limit.