There’s great value in being able to put together your own workout plan, especially if you can combine strength training and cardio in just the right mix. But there are also significant benefits to getting some expert help along the way.
Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Joe Louis. Some of the greatest boxers who have set foot in the ring have transcended the sport to become cultural icons. Even boxing’s silver-screen characters become larger than life and part of our regular lexicon (“Adrian!”).
Functional fitness is a manner of exercise that simulates movements used in everyday activities. To supplement some of the workouts in a functional fitness routine, equipment can be used to make it more challenging and even funner. Here are some of the most effective pieces of functional fitness equipment being used in gyms today.
Are you on the fence when it comes to joining a mixed martial arts (MMA) class? Perhaps you’re unsure or unfamiliar with the sport. Or maybe you feel the classes might be too extreme for you. They’re all legitimate concerns, but keep in mind that an MMA gym class, at its core, is a full-body workout that is meant to put you in shape. And like every workout you perform, you should go at a comfortable pace to stay with the class. Here are four reasons why we think you should consider an MMA class as your next workout:
As a beginner to any gym, it can be challenging to find your routine. You’ll question what workouts you should focus on, how many days and hours you should attend, and what classes, if any, you should take. That’s why here at UFC GYM, we’re firm believers in starting off with a bang.
Getting your kids involved in exercise can have significant benefits that can last a lifetime. Not only will they likely be more physically active as they age, but fitness has been shown to have a ton of other advantages, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Everybody wants abs. Even MMA fighters. Sure, MMA fighters are less concerned about the aesthetics of a six-pack and more concerned about developing massive core strength to twist, move, and grapple for a submission.
“If there's one thing that an MMA fighter must have when they get in the cage, it's strong abs,” says strength coach Jeff Cavaliere.
So maybe you’re not planning to go all five rounds in the Octagon. But you can still use an MMA ab workout to develop core strength and tone up.
If you’re pressed for time, carving out 60 to 90 minutes a day for a workout just might not jibe with your schedule. So then what? Skip it, grab a bag of chips, a carton of ice cream, and the remote? Not so fast. You might not have the time to fit long workouts into your schedule, but you can still crush a 20- to 30-minute workout and get results if you do it right.
Want to know how to shred it quickly? Hustle your way through a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) cardio workout. If you’ve been a believer that you can only get results by pushing through longer workouts, take this as a challenge. A HIIT cardio workout CAN help you burn fat, become stronger, build endurance, and improve your physique and your health.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is the best way to train, period. In order to prepare for what fighters go through inside the Octagon, mixed martial artists have to build on every facet: strength, cardio, endurance. Elements from various forms of martial arts (Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, judo, and more)—these practices combined have created a unique and effective training experience for all ages and all levels of expertise.
Ladies, do you shy away from the heavy lifting when you’re in the gym because you’re afraid of getting too bulky-looking? Fear not! Lifting weights will not make you look masculine; in fact, it is one of the most important components to include in your workout to get a lean, toned shape. If your triceps are starting to feel a bit soft, or you are looking to get great defined shoulders or increased strength in your biceps, these are the five best arm workouts you must have in your training arsenal.