Mixed martial arts is a highly competitive form of combat training that incorporates a wide variety of different techniques together. As the name suggests, MMA brings several different styles of combat together to offer competitors more freedom in the ring. Perhaps this is why it's one of the fastest growing combat sports in the nation. If you are interested in learning MMA, keep reading to find out how you improve your speed and endurance in MMA through some simple exercises.
The reason why most beginners slow down and lose pace in MMA is because they aren't conditioned to fight for long periods of time; it's just that simple. The human body is designed to only go for so long before it must slow down. The good news, however, is that you can train and condition your body to perform intense physical activities, such as participating in MMA, for longer periods of time. So, how are you supposed to accomplish this? Start by incorporating more cardiovascular workouts into your daily exercise regime. A 3-5 mile jog/run around the neighborhood will prove to be incredibly helpful in conditioning your body.
Cardiovascular exercises will not only improve your physical endurance, but they will also improve your lung capacity as well. Ever feel yourself getting winded during a training session? If you aren't performing enough cardiovascular exercise, your lungs won't have the capacity to keep up. This is why it's essential to run, jog, jump rope or shadowbox to improve your lung capacity. And if you're a smoker, you should kick this bad habit to improve your endurance and stamina.
Plyometrics refers to a technique where the individual exerts the maximum amount of force on specific muscles in the shortest amount of time. Box jumping is one such plyometric exercise that's performed by dropping to the ground from a raised platform, hopping back up, and repeating the sequence again. Plyometrics are incredibly simple, but they are also highly effective for MMA conditioning. Since they exert a great amount of force on your muscles in a short amount of time, you will naturally build more muscle mass. If you need help with plyometric exercises, don't be afraid to ask your trainer for help.
A set of good kettlebells is an investment that every serious MMA athlete needs to invest in. They are easy to use and help to workout dozens of different muscles throughout the body. Once such exercise that's particularly helpful for improving speed and endurance in MMA are kettlebell swings. You hold a single kettlebell using both hands and swing it from between your legs to eye level. As long as you keep your back and your arms straight, it will lead to a great full-body workout.
These are just a few of the many different workouts that will improve your speed and endurance in MMA. Most importantly, though, keep practicing and participating in sparring matches. Like most things in life, the more you practice MMA, the better you'll become at it.