Back in Training – Ultimate MMA Strength and Conditioning Program

Getting back in the gym with the Ultimate MMA Strength and Conditioning Program

Hey guys, I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything, and honestly, it’s been a long time since I’ve really been hitting the gym like I should be. I would work out here and there, but nothing consistent, and I wasn’t really following a specific plan. Well, after a long hiatus of being out of action, I knew I needed to make a change. So I started hitting the gym again using Eric Wong’s Ultimate MMA Strength and Conditioningprogram. Now seeing as I hope to get back into kickboxing competition by next summer, there were a few goals I had in mind:

  • Increase my power per pound of bodyweight
  • Keep muscle soreness to a minimum
  • Extend my muscular and cardio endurance
  • Not gas out in my next sparring session
  • Reduce my risk of training injuries

Ultimate MMA Strength and Conditioning

Now, I know that I’m a bit out of shape, so I had to take it a little slower. So I opted for the 16 week plan to spend more time on the correctional phase to rebalance my body and reinforce my stabilizers to strengthen the complex motions of MMA and reduce risk of injury. Well, I just finished my first phase, and I have to say, that first few weeks kicked my ass. And it is not just because I haven’t lifted in a while. The correctional phase had me working on balance, core strength, and stabilizer muscles that don’t normally get worked in your average lifting session. At the end of the first workout, you may be sore in places you never felt before. That’s how you know the program is working.

So after working this program for a few weeks, I haven’t noticed any change in my body weight. I’m still sitting around 210. However, I’m noticing my performance increasing significantly, and my body FAT has been decreasing. So what does this mean? It means I’m gaining strength and lean muscle, while losing fat at the same time! Most body builders and trainers will tell you this is not a realistic goal, but it was definitely an unintentional bonus. But I did using this program.

So how did I burn fat and build muscle while using the Ultimate MMA Strength and Conditioning program?

I’ve also spent the past few weeks clearing out my cupboards from all the quick meals I’ve been eating. Following Eric’s Nutrition-itsu nutrition guide, I’ve cleaned up my diet to increase my energy levels and get the most out of my workouts. Personally, I think that by clearing out the garbage in my kitchen (and therefore my body) I’ve jump started my metabolism again. Again, this is an unintended effect, but it’s part of living a healthy, disciplined lifestyle, which the core of a successful fighter’s mindset. I’ve taken some “Before” pictures, but I’ll post them when I’ve completed the program.

So what is next on my list in the Ultimate MMA Strength and Conditioning Program?

Now I’ll be moving on to the base conditioning phase to build up my foundation for muscular, tendon, and ligament strength. Now I’ll be really be hitting up the muscular endurance phase of the workout. I’ll post my results from this phase soon.

Be Well,

Tim Parisi

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