5 UFC Training Tips
Here are 5 UFC training tips to incorporate into your workouts. If you intend to compete at a high level like the UFC, you will need to commit yourself to more than just intense training. You will have to maintain a proper diet and get enough rest at night. UFC fighters are some of the most highly trained athletes in the world, so you will have to find sparring partners that push you beyond your comfort zone. If you are just starting to increase your workout intensity, pace yourself to avoid injury. Once you are accustomed to the physical punishment of UFC training, gradually add more elements to your workouts until you achieve your goal.
- Do some circuit weight training at least once a week. Write down a list of the weightlifting exercises you want to do, and then do repetitions at each station for one minute. Move to the next weight training exercise after a brief rest. Continue to circuit train until you are unable to effectively perform the next exercise. Once you have reached this point of failure you will know you have a solid circuit training program in place.
- Hit the heavy bag. Work on your punching and kicking technique, and alternate your strikes. Move around the bag and pretend you are fighting a live opponent. Remember that since you are not getting hit or working on the ground, you will not be as tired as you will in an actual UFC fight. Do at least five three-minute rounds on the heavy bag, or more if you are able.
- Work on the speed bag. Focus on your technique, and work on getting faster. Alternate between working the speed bag first one day, and the heavy bag first the next. This way your arms will constantly be forced to adjust to the different pain levels.
- Do some roadwork or ride a stationary bike. Building your endurance will help you maintain your energy in the later rounds of a UFC fight. Do not just run for distance every cardio workout, mix in some sprints. For example, jog 100 yards at a slow pace, and then sprint 100 yards with no rest. Repeat this for a full mile, and you will feel the effects.
- Spar with a training partner who will push you. Practice your submissions and also have your partner put you in various holds to work on your escapes. Work on your kicks and punches, but do not go all out unless your partner agrees. Wear some headgear when you spar, and use a mouthpiece. If you can easily defeat your partner, find another one who will push you at a UFC level.