Mixed martial arts is an activity that will whip you into shape no matter whether you plan on fighting professionally or just want to learn some striking and grappling and go to class a few days a week. Numerous men and women have reported losing large amounts of weight and turning their lives around just by training in mixed martial arts. The great thing about this sport is that with a little knowledge and hard work you can get in shape just like the professional fighters (if that be your wish). It won’t come easy and will take quite a bit of dedication, but the rewards are worth it whether you are going to make MMA a career or just want to be in the best shape of your life.
If you want to start training like professional fighters then there are loads of exercises that you can do, but none better than those involving weight plates. Weight plates are a very versatile piece of MMA training equipment that can be used by the beginner as well as the advanced UFC professional fighter. They will also work with your current fitness level and can be transported anywhere; home, the gym, a location for an out door workout. Numerous professional mixed martial artists use weight plates to increase strength and build muscle mass. Weight plates are the ones used on the bar for squats, bench press, and other exercises (in case you were wondering).
- Plate carries are a killer exercise that will develop your strength, stamina, and overall endurance. It doesn’t require any additional fancy equipment and can be done anywhere by any level of mixed martial artist.
- Stack your plates at the starting line. This could be one plate of each size from 2.5 up to 45 pounds, several 25 pound plates, or any mixture depending upon your strength and current level of fitness.
- Now pick up your first plate and sprint 40 yards down the field (or whatever the length you decided on).
- Set the plate down and sprint back to the beginning.
- Grab the next plate in the stack and run down to the 40 yard line.
- Continue to do this until you have taken each plate to the 40 yard line.
- Rest for 30 to 60 seconds and then begin again. Once again rest time will also vary upon fitness level and the better you get the less rest time you will need.
This is a great addition to any mixed martial arts workout because it gives you a lot of flexibility and can be designed around the individual. If you are looking to take it to the next level then you can add additional weight or even use the weight plates for suicide drills. Weight plates are a part of almost every professional fighter’s routine so it only makes sense to add it to yours if you desire the same fitness level. If you want to be the best mixed martial artist possible even if you don’t plan on fighting professionally then you need to look into adding weight plates to your regimen and find as many drills as you can to make you stronger.
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