With mixed martial arts, it all comes down to one thing. Stamina. Without it, an athlete will not succeed. This is primarily true for most sports, but in particular, for mixed martial arts. Why? Because in a fight, it is all about who has the most stamina to win. What good is it if an athlete has one minute of strength if he wears out on the other four minutes of the fight?
So how does one increase stamina? Interval training. Considered one of the best workouts there is for many reasons, interval training will help the athlete endure the intensity of a fight for 5 rounds of 5 minutes, if necessary.
What kind of intervals? It would make sense that the athlete train for the sport he is involved in. Therefore, intervals should consist of the very moves that he will endure in the fight but also moves that will train his muscle to react without thinking.
Sprinting is a good interval because it will increase the stamina as well as strengthen the leg muscles that are a major part of this sport. Put on those boxing gloves and hit that heavy bag. Do upper cuts, jabs, and under cuts. Grab hold of that heavy bag on top and bring your knee in toward the bag, just as you would when you are in one of your rounds. Take them shoes off kick the heavy bag in the same fashion when you are in a match.
All of these intervals will help improve your stamina as well as techniques when it comes to mixed martial arts. Just remember to make sure you are doing continuous 5 minutes intervals to simulate the sport. Another important thing is not to do intervals with each consecutive workout. Make sure you stretch it out so as not to over train. It is recommended not to exceed 3 interval training sessions a week. On the off interval days, lifting weights or some other form of cardio is best.
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