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6 MMA-Style Conditioning Workouts that Benefit Everyone

6_MMA-Style_Conditioning_Workouts_that_Benefit_Everyone.jpgWhen you watch a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) bout, two things are on full display: super enthusiastic fans, and plenty of rock-solid muscles. Although it takes fighters years to get those hard bodies (and cheerleaders), you don't need to make MMA your full-time job to get high-level benefits.

With MMA-style conditioning, you gain the kind of skills that pro athletes rely on, as well as the advantages of full-body workouts, no matter what your fitness level. With maximum efficiency, and plateau-busting results, you'll be cheering your own progress. Consider workouts like these:

Brazilian Ju-Jitsu (No Gi)

For those looking for conditioning instead of qualifying for belt or stripe ranks, this program offers basic techniques and dynamic combinations. You'll learn fundamental takedown, self-defense moves, and effective escapes, among other skills.

Capoeira

Think of it as dance that kicks some serious butt. This Brazilian martial art combines acrobatics, dance moves, and music, and is known for quick and complex moves that build power and speed. The wide variety of kicks and spins is a killer conditioning workout, and appropriate for all skill levels.

MMA

This cornerstone class unique to UFC Gym gives you the best of the arts of boxing, wrestling, Muay Thai, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, and many other sport-based martial art systems. To win their fights, MMA athletes need power, strength, and endurance, which means that your training emphasizes those top conditioning components.

Parkour

Can you jump? Then you've got the skills for Parkour, a full-body conditioning class that has each participant negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, vaulting, rolling and climbing. Based on military obstacle course training, this all-levels class focuses on getting you from one point to the other using only your skills, instead of equipment.

Muay Thai

The combat sport of Thailand, this major martial art has been embraced worldwide for its ability to boost physical and mental discipline. Class emphasizes the "ancient art of 8 limbs," which means you use fists, elbows, knees, and shins in order to become a proficient full-contact fighter. At UFC Gym, classes are offered at three different levels, so you can progress at your own pace.

Krav Maga

A self-defense system developed for the Israel Defense Forces, this martial art consists of a blend of techniques inspired by aikido, judo, boxing, and wrestling. Derived from street-fighting strategies, Krav Maga is considered a highly efficient fight training practice, which means that you get plenty of conditioning along with new skills.

There are many other MMA classes and training options, so you can take a range of classes and find out the best fit for you.

With MMA-style conditioning, you have the opportunity to gain strength, speed, and agility, without preparing for a single bout. You can even put just a few MMA conditioning moves into your current workout to begin increasing your efficiency.

For full-body workout benefits, give MMA a try with a UFC Gym Free Pass and it's likely that you'll be your own biggest fan in no time.

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