First off, I hope this is the right place to post this. If not, I apologize up front.
I’m looking to strip away this fat I’ve gathered up over the last year, and I’m considering doing it by training with an MMA group here in town. A little background about me: I’m fresh out of college. Always played sports through high school (football, wrestling, baseball, a little judo), and I love to hit the iron. In the last year though, I’ve become a lard ass. Between getting engaged, being accepted to medical school, and killing myself first at school and now at work, I’ve let myself go. I’m 5’11, 230 lbs, and probably 20% BF or more. I feel terrible, I’ve developed acid reflux, my blood pressure is high, I’m a slob. I just started lifting again, and thankfully I’ve retained much of my past strength. My stats:
Bench: 235 (weak I know)
Not great numbers, but I could definitely be worse. My natural weight is between 170-190 lbs (I wrestled at 174 in high school). I hate running, so I’m thinking about doing MMA pretty much just to lose weight. Is this a good idea? I have no desire to get in a cage for real and fight, but I want a good way to exercise and strip this fat off. I have no desire for someone to try and take my head off (I’ve been hit enough there, lol). But, the workouts, the standing skills and grappling skills, and the intensity all interest me a lot and seem like a great way to lose fat. Is it worth it to do this? I think losing weight would help me really get rid of the acid reflux and just be healthier. My future wife deserves more than my current slob self. Or should I look for another hobby and leave the MMA for those who want to fight? The owner seems fine with me wanting to do it for weight loss, but he does train fighters as well.