ACE’S WAY: SPECIFICITY OF TRAINING

From Ace’s blog: “I’ve been asked a lot about how training for MMA is different from other sports. In MMA, there are multiple disciplines to be learned and then you must integrate and synchronize those disciplines into one. MMA training has evolved and become very specialized. There are certain routines that I do to develop strength and a certain degree of muscle mass (not too much muscle as being too muscular can lead to fatigue and a harder weight cut), but the rest of my training is more sport specific. If you want to get better at your sport, then you have to train to improve in the movements your sport requires. My sport requires strength, explosiveness, speed, agility, endurance, timing, balance and flexibility. These attributes have to be honed into striking, grappling, and clinchwork. These same attributes are required for other sports, but have to be honed in a different way. For example, if you want to learn how to punch effectively, here is a sample beginners routine…”

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