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MMA Conditioning: Balancing Power and Endurance

Written on June 19, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With a trade-off between power and endurance in MMA, it is essential to understand what MMA conditioning is all about and how to balance your energy system.

The biggest part of confusion in conditioning in MMA is the balancing of energy system. The human body is designed to produce massive power for a very short time, low to moderate power for very long period and moderate power for moderate time. Simply put, it is not physiologically possible that you’ll see a power lifter also holding a record in triathlon.

This also explains why a heavyweight fighter doesn’t have the endurance of a lightweight, while a lightweight fighter will never have the strength and power of a heavyweight. That said, you must find the balance between aerobic and anaerobic energy production.

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Fundamentals of Conditioning for MMA

Written on June 11, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Following last week's introduction about 'conditioning' in MMA, Fighting Insider will now discuss its fundamental components.

In order to use all of your skills through a two to five-round fight, your body must produce the energy your muscles requires to do its job. There are certain periods in a fight where you’ll need higher power or lower power output. That said, your muscles will need greater or lower amounts of energy depending on the situation.

This means that ‘conditioning’ is a measure of how well your body system can create the energy required by your muscles to perform its work. If the systems involved in energy production can generate ATP – or your muscles’ fuel – fast and long enough to effectively execute your performance, thenyou have a good conditioning. Otherwise, you can quickly gas out.

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Understanding MMA Conditioning

Written on June 04, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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While few take the time to understand exactly what conditioning really is, Fighting Insider is here to give you a short course on MMA Conditioning 101.

A huge amount of time and energy in MMA is spent in training to improve conditioning. However, few coaches and fighters doesn’t really know what ‘conditioning’ is all about. While many fans would say that fighters are some of the best conditioned athletes out there, it may not be really the case.

So what is the true meaning of ‘conditioning’?

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