I’ve recently been introduced to the wonderful world of MMA via Army Combatives. Prior to about five weeks ago, the only exposure I have had is as a UFC spectator. My boss ‘voluntold’ me into a competition late March. I have a lot to learn in the next few weeks, this should be fun.
The meet will start with several rounds of grappling, with striking allowed in the finals. Preliminary matches will be one 6 minute round, finals one ten minute round.
It is hard to say what my competition will be like. I expect many will have limited experience like myself, some may have done this for years. I expect to be stronger than most in my class, but shorter, fatter and slower as well.
30 years old. 5’8, @205-210lbs. 15-18% BF. I will be competing under 205 (class is 185-205)
High School Wrestler, have forgotten most everything. (Which seems to be a good thing, old habits have got me on the wrong side of the rear mount to many times already)
Strongman training base
Well equipped home gym; kettlebells, cage, freeweights, heavy dumbbells, tires, sandbags, sledge, sloshpipe, heavybag, blaststraps, prowler, grip tools.
My schedule varies every week, but here is an example of my training:
Combatives 2x weekly (instruction and rolling, more sessions not possible)
Conditioning Circuits 2-3 times weekly(several stations, currently 3 minutes work, 1 1/2 rest, working on improving those times and ratios) or Barbell Complexes. 45-60 minute sessions
Army PT 1-3x weekly (pushups, situps, running)
Strength Training 1-2x weekly.
I have modified my strength training and am trying something new (to me), inspired by EDT. 3 lifts a session, 10 minutes each, as many as possible in 10 minutes. This is followed by another 10-15 minutes of accessory work. All numbers completed before repeating, which will turn out to be @10 days. Weights are @5-6 rep maximum (higher reps on backsquat and blast straps)
1 a. deadlift b. DB Bench c. DB row
2 a. frontsquat b. dumbbell push press (may be replaced with dumbbell snatch) c. pullup
3 a. back squat b. blast strap pushup c. blast strap row
4. a. clean b. barbell overhead press (may be replaced by OHS) c. weighted chins
I don’t have any specific questions. Short of more time needed on technique, I think this is a pretty solid set up, on paper anyway. Time and experience will tell. Those of you who have been down this road may see the flaws in my thinking. Any thoughts, comments, critiques, pointers, etc would be appreciated.