Training Advice from the Pros

The best advice comes from the pros. Looking to get fitter, stronger, better? Then look no further – here are some great pieces of advice from some of the best fighters around.

Frank Mir – UFC
Frank Mir is one of the best people to take advice from, not only because of his skill in the octagon but because of what he’s had to overcome to get where he is. After suffering a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 2004 he was told that he might never walk again. Fast forward four years and he’s beating down Brock Lesnar at the UFC 81.
Out of all the advice that Mir could offer this just might be the most valuable, “I’m constantly in the gym because I enjoy being a martial artist. Who doesn’t love to go to the gym and train if you’re into martial arts?” What Mir urges here is that any aspiring fighter must first be in love with the sport. Passion is what helped him overcome potentially career-ending injuries. Even if you’re not aiming to be one of the great fighters of all time, evaluate why you’re lacing up your Muay Thai boxing gloves and hitting the gym. It’s the joy that you derive from doing something you love that will drive you on to become stronger and better.

Frank Shamrock – UFC
The former UFC light-heavyweight champion offers his opinions on how to get started with fight-orientated training in MMA for Dummies. He recommends that those with minimal equipment at their disposal do simple full-body exercises, a circuit for the body, and that you focus on building up your number of reps. He advocates getting back to basics by implementing squats, push-ups, leg lifts, and sit-ups into every workout. What’s so appealing about this style of workout is that it doesn’t require joining a gym. All of these exercises can be completed in a short period of time and all from the comfort of your living room. Just because you may not have access to a gym doesn’t mean you can’t train. As long as you’ve got the desire, you can begin your training regardless of the venue.

Carl Froch – Boxer
Boxing is often thought of as a sport with heavy punches and constant manoeuvring. But what about the stamina? Without it, fighters wouldn’t be able to get past two or three rounds. Carl Froch lets novices know that if they hope to be competitive they’ll need to put in some unexpected work, “I hate running, but when you get to this level, if you aren’t prepared to become a semi-professional runner, you might as well quit.” Froch says that he runs five times a week doing everything from 80-metre sprints to 10k jogs.
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