I know it's big in the combat sports. Boxers do it. Thai guys do it.
I'm curious what about it actually helps you with a ring sport. I'm not convinced that running (steady stake, distance running) is really all that helpful for conditioning you for 3-5min rounds.
Running is aerobic. Any pace you can maintain for miles on end is going it be moderate intensity at best. So totally aerobic, primarily fat-for-fuel-burning activity.
Fighting (ring sports) are highly anaerobic, intense, glycogen-burning activities.
So how does going on little runs help with that? Everyone says do it, but I really feel like it's kind of an "old school" carryover from guys who don't really know much about the mechanics behind it, they just know guys who've done it won.
It seems like sprints/intervals are the only way to really get much out of running.
So can someone explain what low-moderate intensity steady-state cardio is at all useful for these sports?
It's nice out, so I've recently re-introduced running outside back into my routine, but only doing sprint intervals.