What is MMA conditioning?
Well before I talk about what MMA air conditioning is. I have to talk first about what air conditioning is in general. The best definition I can get related to the word conditioning is:
“Repeated use of specific stimuli in order to create a predictable and controlled response both internally and individually”
It may feel a little deep but it sums up exactly what conditioning is that control response that is talked about is the added ability to go under pressure. Or have that little extra gas in your tank. Once you understand this generic definition of conditioning you will see that it applies to all sports.
But; MMA conditioning is pretty intense. Because mixed martial arts is one of the most intense sports in the world, it also requires the level of conditioning that fighters have to perform. With runners or soccer players their conditioning is focused on certain parts of their body but for mixed martial artists, their MMA conditioning work needs to be focused on all parts of their body.
Why is it so important to have a strong MMA conditioning program?
When the UFC first started it was easier to win fights based on technical ability alone, but as times shifted to the level of technical ability in the sport as a whole it surpasses those early days of the UFC and Toughman tournament. Fighters are no longer tied to one discipline and have a variety of tools at their disposal.
Now don’t get me wrong, air conditioning has always been a big feature of the fighting game. But; this has become even more important in the last few years as fighters have become more strategic. Sometimes; the level of conditioning of a fighter is all that separates the winners from the losers, the champions from the mere contestants. What many fighters fail to realize is just how difficult good MMA conditioning can be.
Think about how difficult it is for you to make a box or engage in a relationship for a total of 15 minutes. This is very physically taxed and emphasizes the importance of physically taxing the mixed martial arts and the importance of having a good MMA conditioning routine.
Another reason conditioning is important is not only about the physical effect of the opponent but the mental aspect. As I said before the fight is much more strategic now than it is, the view is “I’m going on my own” – Chris Leben’s view.
This is something that is not often talked about, but more importantly. Think of it this way. If I asked you to keep your hands up and sing the theme song with … just say “fresh prince of the clock air” (almost everyone knows that song). It’s not that hard. But; if you have your hands up for a good few minutes and they are starting to get worse. Your shoulders are lit, and you want to put them back, every second you hold them up the other second of the sharpness and all you have to do is put them down and rest. Imagine this point, even though you try not to think about how tired your arms are, you think and focus on how tired your arms are. Now imagine at this point when you just need to put your hands down because the lactic acid in and around your arms and shoulders is built to a level where every second is tormented, and every second seems to be excruciating. 10 times longer.
Imagine … Imagine at this point I asked you to sing the same theme song … Or, any song on that topic … I think you will notice that it is not that easy. No matter how disciplined and mentally strong you are, you will find that your attention is now divided between your tormented arms and the words of the song. This is the problem in the fighting game that will divert your attention from what you need to be aware of such movements or defenses and tend to start focusing on things that you should not think of as tired, keep your hands up, and not wanting your opponent to know how tired you are. Basically, you start to focus on things that don’t serve you that don’t serve you so well.
How do we prevent that? Through a well-rounded MMA conditioning program, that is the answer
The program must …
- Aerobic capacity
- Anaerobic capacity
- Functional Strength
- Muscular Endurance
The main ways to develop these traits are through …
- Weight Lifting
- Functional Exercises
Where to start? The best place is the weakest place for you,