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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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