Dropping a Weight Class

I want to share my experience with those who are thinking of dropping weight class in combat sports. Well, it is not easy at all and a long process in your career. Regardless of the reason behind a fighter dropping a weight class, things will need to change for him, but hopefully for a little bit. Once a fighter successfully moves down a weight class then you can start to tweak the program to improve strength and optimize muscle mass.

Hit some Swings

I love to do kettle bell swing for my conditioning. My body get well trained by it and I feel great after training. I think range of hip motion is the most important thing for MMA fighter. Kettle bell swing trains hamstrings too. I mean pretty much every part of my body. I am focusing on explosiveness when I make snap on hip.

MMA Fight Prep 5

These will leave you a bit sore, but they are definitely one of my favorite drills. I always suggest starting with a kneeling variation then you can progress onto some standing variations. Similar to how I mentioned in the other drills, we want to keep the distance from our ribcage to our pelvis short.

Here are some cues on the ab rollout:

MMA Fight Prep 2

Let me preface this by pointing out that this isn’t a silly 30-minute plank challenge, I personally find no use in that, but that’s another discussion for another day. I will also add that those long duration, zero tension planks will have very little carry-over in helping you stabilize your torso/spine in a heavy squat or deadlift.