Just wanted to get some opinions from greater minds than myself…
At the first of the year I am 90% sure that I am going to undertake a year long program of Olympic lifting. I’m not going to fight next year so why not. The goal is to get IMMENSLY stronger and faster. Training in this manner seems like one of the most appropriate ways.
Reasoning is that everytime I’ve ever trained olympic lifts specifically all my other lifts go up. Bench, Squat, Dip, Deadlift, Curls, everything. My flexibility is improved as well…
Olympic lifters are notoriously stronger, fast, and flexible. If you’re a strong man you have to practice SOME olift variations, and some of the more successful strongmen were previously O-lifters. Bloody Hell the benefits are too numerous.
In addition to lifting weights…I train MMA 2-4x a week depending on whatever else I have going on.
That is probably going to be conditioning enough and the rest of what I’ll be doing is just drilling technique. I’m conditioned as HELL now and I believe that simply by the pace I work at when training will keep my conditioning the same. Also if I keep a large workload, my capacity for work will not diminish and when it is time to switch up and emphasize more on conditioning I’ll be able to jump into an intense program rather than ‘work up’ to a certain level again (in theory).
The QWA program notes that it doesn’t include conditioning work such as abwork and implies that something should be designed in its place.
I plan on implementing several types of exercises in order to fufill what I feel are holes in the program (as it applies to mma…for olympic lifting its perfect). These are how I see them playing out currently, they perhaps will not even occur depending how I feel while I’m using this training methodology.
Implementing the extra workouts/exercises will depend largely on how rested I feel. This is really a play by ear type thing that I"m just having prepared in advance.
Planned Assistance Work::
1 arm dumbbell overhead squats
over head squats
zercher shoot lunge
plate scoots across floor
bilateral work (legs & upper body)
torso training (obviously)
assorted grip work
MMA specific Conditioning
Dumbbell & Barbell Complexes
Movement efficiency (ladder drills,etc)
My questions are as follows::
1- Is this an effective method of becoming a more powerful mma athlete.
2- Could my time be better spent as far as developing strength specific to MMA.
Keep in mind that I’m not considering conditioning work (as i noted above) and technique training which I will address on my own time. Just being able to hit harder and move faster is my entire goal.
Comments, help? I’m having second thoughts as I can see perhaps better methods, but the QWA program is so sound I really don’t see why not use it. Especially if overall power development is the goal. Especially if the other, “better” methods can be subbed in or still utilized concurrently.