There seem to be quite a few posts recently asking about esoteric workout formulas to improve ring performance, eg “how do I get more explosive biceps,” “will big squats make me better at MMA,” or “should I be doing 5/3/1, Westside, or Secret Punjabi Ninja to get better at fighting?”
Look, most of you are overthinking it. I know, everyone on this board wants to believe they’re that peak combat athlete who needs the top 1% of training programs for an edge. One or two of you may even be at that level, but none of you are asking these questions.
Most of you are young amateur or prospective amateur fighters. And that’s awesome. I wish I had gotten into full contact fighting (instead of point TKD) at a much younger age myself. But you’re making this more complicated than it needs to be. You want to get better at fighting? Fight more. Roll more. Then do fight-specific training (shadowboxing, bag work, etc). THEN pick a strength and conditioning workout, and work on your power and your gas. I gauran-freaking-tee that as long as you pick a real strength program and do your road work on a regular basis that, when combined with a lot of fight training, you will see across the board improvements. Almost none of you are at the point where you have stopped adapting to fight specific training, and the ones that are all have coaches who got them there and know how to push them further.
Now get out there and kick some ass.