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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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