Monday, 11 January 2010

Increasing Your Muscle and Strength for MMA

The following is a guest post provided by Tony Macraft of The MMA Zone. It provides information regarding building muscle and strength for MMA. Hopefully it will be of value to you.

Every MMA fighter or even those who just want to get in great shape face this obstacle at some point in their training - How to achieve the biggest gains in muscle and strength? If you are just starting training you may feel that you are not making the progress fast enough either in losing unwanted fat or in building muscle, and many people just blame this on their metabolism and think they cannot change it. Don't worry, it will come, the better shape you are in and the more muscle you have the better your metabolism will get helping you to burn fat faster and pack on more muscle.

For fighters and fitness fanatics that have already been training it is common for you to reach a point where you feel like you have hit a brick wall and are not seeing any more gains in muscle and strength. This often occurs when you hit a plateau in your training, normally from repeating the same exercise routine over and over. This results in your muscles becoming accustomed to your training program and are no longer being pushed and tested in the right way to boost growth. The way to get over these plateaus is to work on muscle confusion. There are a number of ways this can be applied to your training regimen. Work on continually adding more weight during your gym workouts even it is in small increments, building maximum muscle and strength is best achieved by high weight and low reps, but change this up too. Change up your weight lifting workouts either by adding new exercises or using different machines. For example if your have a routine which works your different muscles on different days; one week use machines and cables for biceps and the next week use free weights. Or you can switch workouts all together by adding a new form of exercise like power yoga or going on a jogging trail once a week that has various exercises mixed in.

Diet and supplements are also a major factor in building muscle and gaining strength. You should look at Diet and nutrition as important as your MMA Gear you train with. Make sure you on a good diet especially one high in protein. You should be eating at least one gram of protein for every pound you weigh each day at least. There are many energy and pre-workout supplements available these days to help you get the most out of your training time, but what you do after your workout is just as important. Taking creatine and other post workout supplements can help muscle recovery and you have about 30 minutes after your workout to digest a good amount of protein to prevent muscle breakdown. Remember taking a rest day to allow your muscles to recover and grow is just as critical as your days in the gym.

This article was written by Tony Macraft from The MMA Zone. The MMA Zone is a leading online e-tailer of martial arts supplies including; uniforms, sparring gear, and weapons.

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Bill Montgomery said...

The gym and ring must be balanced I believe to make the best martial artist. Good article!

Rich Pinnell said...

Usually I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this article really forced me to do so! Thanks, really nice article.

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