There are many aspects to becoming a successful Mixed Martial Arts fighter. Elite MMA fighters will train in several fighting disciplines. Many successful MMA fighters started their fighting career in one fighting style and through training have successfully evolved into a more complete fighter through several disciplines. An example would be a former collegiate wrestler will cross-train in boxing and other martial arts to compete at the highest fighting levels. However, it doesn’t matter how good your skills are at wrestling, boxing or any other martial art if you are lacking cardiovascular endurance. Great fighters can become virtually defenseless if they run out of steam during a fight. Without proper oxygen to the lungs, it becomes difficult to simply hold your hands up. Cardio training is an important ingredient in any fighters training regimen.
Sparring Workout Routine for Cardio
The first basic training principle is sparring. This is essentially fighting in a controlled environment. This type of training allows the athlete to improve the relevant fighting skills and at the same time increase cardiovascular endurance. The key element to improve cardio through sparring is time and intensity.
To increase cardio, the MMA fighter must spar for a longer amount of time than scheduled during the actual bout. If the fight is scheduled for three rounds, consistently spar five to eight rounds. It is vital to increase the duration of sparring during pre-fight training, while at the same time maintaining a high level of intensity. A high level of intensity during training will help the fighter mentally prepare for fight day jitters. Always keep the idea in the back of your head that you need to train harder than your opponent.
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