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Strength and Conditioning Posts

Trying to create more explosiveness in your escapes and takedowns, or develop a crushing, unbreakable grip, or strong hips to execute lighting fast hip throws? How do you get there? Do you just keep training and hope that they magically manifest into reality over time? Let our library of combat arts strength and conditioning posts provide the "know-how" to transform you into the elite level athlete you want to become.

By Lisa Stone  |  26 May 2021   What is your ‘Fight Muscle,’ anyway?  Is it your fist? Your big guns? Glutes or pecs? Nope. Not even close…and yes, it really effing matters!Combat athletes rely on their fight muscle for punches, elbow strikes, uppercuts, blocks, takedowns…it powers their entire game. The fight muscle, better known as

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By Ryan Jansen  |  28 January 2021   Most combat athletes are forced to manage their time carefully as training demands, and the necessities of life must be balanced accordingly.  By implementing supersets into a strength and conditioning program, however, the combat athlete can simplify their workout, improve strength endurance, build muscle, and increase workout intensity

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By Ryan Jansen  |  23 January 2021   Power is one of the most valuable and determining qualities that a combat athlete can possess.  When power is applied properly it will allow the individual to hit harder, move quicker and react faster.  Explosive strength or power will supply the combat athlete with the ability to produce

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By Ryan Jansen  | 10 January 2021   The effects of COVID-19 have forced the combat athlete to change his or her routine.  Change however, can provide a platform for growth when it is accepted with an open mind and a sincere desire to improve.  While gyms are closing and workout resources seem limited, the combat

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By Ryan Jansen  |  13 December 2020   The aspiring grappler seeking to fulfill his or her true potential should recognize that the benefits associated with the practice of the grappling arts can and will be enhanced through the application of the right strength and conditioning protocol.Experience in live grappling situations will affirm that conditioning is

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By Lisa Stone  |  2 November 2019   Alternative advanced conditioning techniques are not for the faint of heart. They are tough. They will test your strength and commitment to the limit. But at the end of it all—you’ll be a winner. And that is a good thing. How Bad Do You Want It? Really ask yourself that

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By Lisa Stone  |  3 July 2019   Breathing is required for life, but breathing also gives many other benefits to the body and mind. Breathing cleanses and fully oxygenates the body, clarifying mind and emotions, and producing more energy for training. The power of breath control is benefit that everyone in the combat arts can

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By Lisa Stone  |  26 September 2018   An interview by Lisa Altobelli with UFC Hall of Famer Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell talks about his powerful experience when first confronted with alternative training techniques at The Pit. Liddell credits those crazy techniques with helping make him into a Force, along with The Pit’s owner, John Hackleman,

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By Lisa Stone  |  27 June 2018   Martial arts training will vary greatly from style to style, and even within a style, depending on training approach and focus. The martial artist who is training to be a MMA and UFC fighter trains differently than the traditional martial artist who wants to increase and maximize their

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By Lisa Stone  |  24 August 2018    “What do Conor McGregor, Rickson Gracie, Movement, and Kung Fu have in common? The use of movement drills to increase the mobility, reflexes, balance, strength, and speed in practitioners. This skill was nearly lost, but a few are bringing it back. Most recently with Conor McGregor and Ido

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