[quote]mma lou wrote:
Thanks guys! I don’t really have a history with weights at all to be frank!I started training in kung fu over 3 years ago ,I have always been quite fit through running (road and hill) and cycling. My strength improved a lot doing the kf, doing a fair amount of body weight exercises and spending a lot of time using a heavy bag and pad work. I joined a gym last summer and started going quite regularly ,then it went a bit wrong there and I quit.
I started mma training earlier this year and joined the gym about 3 months ago as a weekend member, so had to fit everything in to a short space of time.I upgraded to full membership a month ago as I realised how my strength training is essential to progress both for my mma and for kf too.
I was given a programme by a trainer at the gym but realise it’s not great after talking to my kf teacher who also does personal training.
I have strong legs from training and also pretty strong stomach from my training but I need to work on my core. I have previous back problems, issues with my joints and also a recurring sacroliliac problem and hip problem which flares up after prolonged kicking sessions.
Having a look at the Cosgrove article, very interesting.
I have good speed as well as lower body strength and I think my cardio fitness is ok, my resting heart rate is about 63-65 and I am sure I can improve even further![/quote]
Hey mate. I personally love the weights but I also do some MMA and boxing on the side, twice a week. For MMA core training, I’ve found that big exercises have helped me most. People always comment that I’m a lot stronger than I look when grappling with them.
When I say the big exercises, I mean: Back Squatting (squatting with weight on your back), One arm dumbbell bent over row, barbell bent over row, dumbbell bench press, etc. It’s important to remember when doing these as a combat athlete that full ROM and good form must be maintained. I really don’t see the benefit for a martial artist, if they do quarter squats, or bench press with bouncing reps etc, whereas the average gym rat could probably still make progress or even need to utilise these (rarely) in their progression. (Edit: I just read up and you’re female. Girls usually lift with much better form than guys, so you probably have this mentality covered already)
Of course, moves like the deadlift and the snatch will probably benefit your explosiveness in the long term, but in the short term they present you with a challenge due to their learning curve.