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.
Even with a gym full of the latest equipment and fitness classes galore, there can be significant value in adding personal training sessions to your workout mix, especially if you sign up with experienced and insightful trainers.
We’ve done our homework and the answer is clear:
Good food = good students.
We also know that keeping kids active is not only good for their body, but also their mind.
Getting kids to eat a healthy meal at home is hard enough. Making sure they get a proper lunch at school, with the siren call of recess and the pandemonium of the cafeteria all around them, can seem almost impossible. Sun Basket’s Registered Dietitian Kaley Todd shares some of her findings and offers real-life lunchtime solutions.
Whether you’re just starting on your journey toward new fitness goals or you’re looking to speed up your progress, it may be worth considering some group activity to get the results you want.
Group exercise can take several forms, from doing a group training session to joining group fitness classes. Here are some reasons why ditching the solo workouts—or at least mixing them up with some group time—may get you fit faster:
Let's face it: Life can be hectic sometimes. With going to work, picking up the kids, and running errands, you don’t always have time for a full workout. So how can you get an intense cardio circuit workout when you’re short on time? By combining body parts in a total body circuit, or through pairing opposite muscle groups together in a superset (when one set of an exercise is performed directly after a set of a different exercise without rest between them), you can conquer your workout in as little as 15 to 20 minutes. You might also add active rest (which involves lighter exercises that stimulate the recovery process) in between strength training to ramp up the calorie burn. Here is an example of intense cardio circuit workouts combining these ideas: