Martial arts are useful for a lot more than just learning how to fight or protect yourself, or to pursue as a profession. For those of us who do not regularly practice, we often forget about the potential health and fitness benefits of martial arts. Forms like Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, MMA, and any other MMA fitness workout make not just the body fit but also help to keep the mind healthy.(more…)
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One of the many things that people don’t know much about Muay Thai is how it is deeply connected to spirituality and meditation. Of course, the sport is one of the most popular forms of martial arts, especially in many Asian countries like Thailand.
Despite this, Muay Thai has never been among the ranks of major sports you would expect to find in the Olympics. Those days are now a thing of the past. But before we get to that, let’s learn more about Muay Thai and how it shaped it to become a sport that clearly deserves more attention.(more…)
I can’t believe a YouTube personality is actually going to fight Conor McGregor. It’ll end up being an exhibition fight just for the fame and money, but should be an interesting, if not profanity laden, journey.
Controversial YouTube star Jake Paul finds himself in the headlines once again after calling out UFC superstar Conor McGregor and UFC supremo Dana White.(more…)
MMA is one of the toughest contact sports and having the right gear is extremely important for both your safety and the people you train with. In mixed martial arts, the main piece of equipment is your gloves. The type of glove you want to buy is dependant on the type of training you want to do since there are many different aspects to mixed martial arts.
In this article we are going to cover some tips and information to pick the best mma gloves for the type of martial arts training you want to do.
#1 – Style
There are a few different types of mma gloves that serve different purposes.
Bag gloves – These gloves as the name suggests are meant for bag training. They are tough and lightweight and are primarily designed for training with the speed bag.
They have a thin knuckle padding and therefore are used with hand wraps. These gloves can be used for hitting either a speed bag or heavy bag.
Training gloves – As the name implies these gloves are used for training and they are quite similar to boxing gloves. Their designs is much like that used for boxing though slightly different. (more…)
Are Martial Arts Good Exercise?
If you know anything about martial arts, you are probably aware that they often require intensive training to master, which can make them an excellent form of exercise. But you may also know that there are several different disciplines under the umbrella of martial arts and that they differ in both goals and practice.
Jiujitsu is a form of martial art that focuses on grappling, striking, throws, joint locks, and even some weapons mastery. As such, you might wonder if it can offer you the cardio benefits inherent in some other forms of martial arts.
While grappling and striking may certainly help you to gain strength and agility, the form might not necessarily give you the calorie-burning workout needed to reach your weight-loss goals. However, there’s more to this martial art than getting your opponent into a figure-four leg lock on the mat. And it can definitely play a role in your weight-loss regimen.
The following guest post was contributed by Alexia Krause, a PR executive who is writing today about MMA Workouts for women.
MMA Workouts are not Just for Men
Mixed martial arts appears to be a male dominated sport, yet the number of women who are becoming part of the MMA community is continually growing.
There are many female MMA fighters (including Kaitlyn Young and Gina Carano), who follow the same rigorous regimens as their male counterparts. These inspiring ladies have broken open the doors to what used to be the “boy’s club” of MMA. They use the same techniques, MMA equipment, and exercises that most fighters would use.
MMA Training for Women
MMA training has the ability to help women stay fit while participating in a competitive and exhilarating sport.
Hardcore Circuit Training for Men (and Women)
Hardcore Circuit Training for Men
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I posted an article written by the authors of the book Hardcore Circuit Training for Men the other day, called Losing Weight with Circuit Training. Since then I found my copy of the book and finished looking through it.
Here is what I think:
First and foremost, despite the book’s title, this is not just a book for men. These circuits can be used and adapted by women and even kids. It can be used by weightlifters, triathlon athletes, regular athletes, MMA fighters, boxers, and pretty much anyone else who is looking to develop their conditioning.
Everyone knows how to jump rope. Hold the two ends and whip over your head, under your feet, back over your head, and so-on.
This great exercise is an awesome fat burner, but it can also pretty boring. That boredom must be overcome through, as jump rope is one of the greatest inventions ever for fitness enthusiasts and athletes.
Jumping rope is excellent for conditioning the anaerobic and aerobic energy systems, making it perfect for HIIT training. Check out this video of a dude jumping rope specifically for a HIIT workout.
Use some of the techniques listed below to make your jump rope sessions more challenging. Use the highest intensity techniques for your HIIT training.
You also benefit from jumping rope by strengthening your rotator cuffs and shoulders, increasing power in your lower body, developing your calves, and much more.
Most people don’t jump rope because all they just repeat the same tempo and style over and over. Not only is that tiring, it gets boring and then you just don’t want to do it because you feel the boredom is not worth the benefit.
That would be a big mistake. Get yourself a rope, read this article, and you will be in better shape than anyone not jump roping.
Odd object lifting is great!
Here are some great ideas for putting together some serious conditioning workouts in your backyard:
- Tire / Sled Drags – You can run backward and forwards; you can use your legs, arms, back, or chest to pull.
- Tire Flips – Use large heavy tires.
- Tire Throws – Use smaller tires. You can throw the tires forward or toss them over your head like a strongman keg toss.
- Sledgehammer – Pick a heavy one and hit the tire with it.
- Tire Jumps – Jump over the tire, jump into the tire, jump through the tire… be creative and just jump.
- Various Shoulder Exercises – Press and rotate various objects above, behind, and in front of your head.
That is a very limited list of the things you can do in your backyard, but gives you some great ideas to start with. Variations of these ideas can be seen in the two demonstrational videos below.
I came across this video, which depicts the type of training I do in my thai kickboxing class and in the MMA class held right after my class. You can use these ideas to create your own conditioning program.