Want Abs like Holly Holm? Try this MMA Ab Workout.
MMA athletes may have the most enviable abs in all sports. Thanks to incredible full body workouts, nearly every MMA fighter in the UFC has a strong core which results in a fit body and great results in the octagon. There’s no better example than UFC bantamweight women’s champion, Holly Holm.
In November of last year, Holm became the first person to put a dent in Ronda Rousey’s spotless armor, with a knockout kick to secure herself in the UFC record books. Of course, Holms’ abs weren’t the sole reason why she was able to topple Rousey, but her defined core was a reflection of her top notch training camp.
Holms’ training dates back to her days before the UFC and back to when she was a professional boxer. With a 33-2 win-loss record, Holm was considered as one of, if not, the greatest female welterweight of all-time, and that’s because fighters, particularly boxers run an unbelievable training routine that strengthens the entire body, and focuses a lot of attention on their core. Here are five classic fighter ab workouts you can start incorporating into your routine, where you can look as shredded as Holly Holm.
Note: if you already consider yourself hard in the core, do these routines with a higher repetition in mind. If you’re relatively new, aim for a 10 reps. If that’s too easy, escalate to a higher set.
Seating scissors kicks
Get in a seated position on a mat and lift your legs slightly above the ground and keep some space between your legs. Locked your hands in front of your chest. Lift your right foot while lowering your left and alternate very quickly. Make sure your legs mirror a scissors motion. Do not let either foot touch the ground. It won’t take long for you to feel the burn.
Seated cross kicks
Stay in the exact position as the previous exercise, but as an alternative, cross your legs in a crisscross motion at the same speed and height as previously mentioned.
Lay flat on the ground. Bring your legs up to a 90 degree angle. Reach towards your toes by lifting the upper half of you body. You don’t have to touch your toes, just go as far as you can go. Repeat the reach quickly in an up and down motion. Go for speed as the repetition will surely burn fat. Go back to the starting position with your shoulder blades touching the ground as a rest point in between sets.
With your back on the ground and your feet flat, point your knees skyward and keep your arms at your side. Lift your body slightly off the ground and bend your body quickly to the left and right of your sides as if you’re reaching towards your ankles. The motion should mimic a penguins’ walk. It’s a funny name to disguise the fat burning pain.
Sit up on the floor with your legs flat. Keep your legs together and lift them. Keep your hands under your shoulders for support. Create circles with your legs to the best of your ability clockwise using your hips. After some reps, change the direction of the wheel and spin counterclockwise.
If you think you’re ready to get the abs of a UFC champ, then go to your nearest UFC Gym and find your next ideal fitness routine.