MMA Training Workouts & Benefits

MMA Training – Full Body, Functional Workouts for Men & Women

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Training is one of the best ways to get a full body workout.   Men and Women are now enjoying the benefits of “training like a fighter.”

Let’s go over some of the ways that MMA can work for you.  And let’s make sure you haven’t dismissed MMA training as a solution for you.

Basics

What exactly MMA is… and is not.

MMA is NOT just for guys who want to fight in a cage.

Contrary to popular opinion, MMA, made popular by Ultimate Fighting on Pay Per View, is not just a sport for the guys.  We’ve seen a surge in the amount of women looking to train in a new and exciting way; a way that will give them the ability to defend themselves against larger or stronger opponents.  For women looking to get rid of those trouble spots around the mid-section, there’s nothing that develops the core like grappling and wrestling.  Straining to move someone that doesn’t want to be moved is definitely a full body workout.

High Intensity + Timed MMA Workouts = Weight Loss

All our MMA workouts at Trident Academy of Mixed Martial Arts in Woodbridge VA, last from an hour to an hour and a half.  The training time is important to ensure you are tapping into that reserve (fat storage) for energy.  Not only the training time, but the intensity of the training is what makes it different to regular gym workouts or aerobics classes.  Training time and intensity are crucial elements toward achieving weight loss and body transformation.

Body Transformation

If you want to look and feel like a MMA Fighter, you have to train like one. Transforming your body takes time, determination, and adapting your lifestyle.  You have to train at least three times per week, and that doesn’t mean you have to spar full contact three times a week.  Sparring is a big part of it, but there’s a ton of development and fine tuning to do before you should “jump in a cage.”

Types of MMA Training

Punching training mitts, kicking a heavy bag, floor drills, shadow boxing and getting up and off the floor are some of the ways you will train in a MMA Class.  The human body was made to work on and off the feet.  Those that are new to MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu type training often feel the challenge of the ground training leading to initial frustration.  And often the frustration comes because we simply just aren’t used to it.  That doesn’t mean it’s NOT for us, that means the body is being asked to transform.  “Getting used to it” equals body changes, and body changes are what we want!

A Mix of Martial Arts that Blend Together

Once you understand that MMA can be broken down into a combination (mix) of the striking arts, wrestling and grappling systems and time-tested boxing and wrestling styles, you begin to realize that each part of the fight game needs its own focus.  Focus first in a part (ingredient) of the training and then start combining it all together for the final product.  Some of the striking arts that are popular today are Muay Thai, Western Boxing, in addition to your traditional arts like Karate or Tae Kwon Do.  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is one of the most popular submission grappling systems.  You also have Russian Sambo, Catch-as-Catch-Can, Judo, JuJitsu.  When BJJ and other effective submission wrestling art are combined with freestyle or folk wrestling (like the high school sport), you get the advantages of each, enabling you to adapt and maneuver amongst different styles.

Training Options in Woodbridge, VA

If you are ready to try something completely different that has yielded tremendous results for others like you, sign up today for two free classes.  You can train any day from Monday thru Saturday from 6:30PM-9:00PM.  We offer day classes for the striking arts which are a great way to start your afternoon.

Ben Gilbert

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Program Manager and Instructor of Trident Academy of Martial Arts
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