Mixed Martial Arts or (MMA) is a fairly new sport, officially getting its start in 1993 when the Gracie family brought the popular Brazilian combat sport of Vale Tudo to the United States.
Since then, there has been a fast rise in popularity of MMA sports which has formed several common training misconceptions by those willing to strut their stuff in the octagon.
Due to the natural world of combining techniques in Mixed Martial Arts and the need to structure MMA training to keep up with the sport’s fast growths, numerous MMA training misconceptions have arisen which are not based on solid physical procedures that finally prepare you for cage combat. Let’s take a look at the most common mistaken MMA training ideologies and how to correct them for maximum training benefit move toward fight time.
Misconception: teach As If You’re In the Octagon
Many MMA fighters think that they should form a training program that reflects the same conditions which they will experience in the ring.
This ideology sounds fairly reasonable because you may think that duplicating the hard core conditions in the cage will better prepare you for action. Therefore, sparring is taken to the intense just like it would be during an MMA match.
Correct Method: Sparring is a good training technique that helps get you ready for a real fight on MMA. However, your goal while sparring should be on perfecting techniques which are executed with bigger power, strength, agility, endurance and speed. These qualities are gained from good weight training workouts and not from hard blow spars. So If you focus on MMA building such qualities during your strength training program and practice speed and execution of technique when sparring, you are sure to improve when it’s time for genuine in MMA.
Misconception: teach Until There’s Excessive Pain
MMA is a rough sport and a tough image is necessary to go along with it which either works to intimidate your opponent or, at least, attempts to cover up any of your weaknesses.
However, many MMA fighters take macho to the extreme and believe that you have to, not only spar, but also workout until it hurts, literally.
The belief is that your stamina and open-mindedness to cope with irritation will strengthen if you power yourself to your irritation perseverance every day during your program with MMA.
Correct Method: Overtraining in MMA is risky to strength building. Although you definitely want to exercise to the point of muscle fatigue and breakdown, you want to avoid beating yourself up which is in opposition to your training goals. Overtraining may make you feel like you’ll be stronger for it, but the truth is that it will reduce muscle mass and strength, weaken your immune system and lower testosterone levels.
Your goal should be to teach so well and so thoroughly that you increase weight training and absolutely prevent damage in MMA. Overtraining to the point of intense pain or injury is a sign that you are not training correctly.
Misconception: Eat All You Want When MMA Training
Many of those training for MMA believe that they can eat anything and everything they want because they are participating in high intensity workouts. Again, this may seem to make sense since large amounts of calories will be burned up during MMA training exercises. However, this is another misconception which will actually harm your ring performance.
Correct Method: Proper nutrition for MMA is an integral part of a successful fitness program. The old adage “You are what you eat” is completely true. Therefore, if you put junk food into your system during training periods, you will get junk food returns when it comes time to draw off of your fitness reserves.
Sculpt your MMA diet so that it consists of high amounts of proteins and other amino acids which are needed to build strong muscles. Fill your plate with fruits, vegetables, raw milk products and other nutrient-rich foods that will increase long lasting energy levels as well as sustain healthy organs and body systems which take a pounding both in and out of the ring.