Posts in category "Great Exercises"

Solution to The Thanksgiving Belly - The Christmas Crunch Challenge, 25 Days of Core

Solution to The Thanksgiving Belly - The Christmas Crunch Challenge, 25 Days of Core
No doubt the holidays are a joyous time. With that joy comes more parties, festivities and celebrations.  As the end of the year closes in, our waistlines expand.  Join in POW!’s Annual Christmas Crunch Challenge, 25 Days of Core Training.  Instead of finding yourself welcoming 2015 with a new pant size, commit 4-7 minutes each... Read more »

Avoid shoulder injuries in 2014 from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Avoid shoulder injuries in 2014 from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Are you addicted to ground training?  If the mat is your second home, invest 3-5 minutes on each training day to properly prepping your shoulder joints.  Kimuras, omoplatas and Americanas are unavoidable when practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Even if you have respectful training partners, the shoulder can be susceptible to so many different types of... Read more »

Diary of a POW MMA Intern: Dealing With My Tight Hips

Face a wall or a pole and lean against it. Don’t be perfectly upright; this will prevent you from correctly swinging your leg. Get up on the ball of one foot and with the opposite foot, swing the leg side to side, passing the planted leg one direction and getting the thigh as high as possible without compromising your form in the other. The goal is to keep your swinging leg straight without overdoing it.
Piotr Lewkowski has been an intern at POW for about 6 weeks now.  He has been sharing his experience as a newcomer to MMA training -primarily learning ground fighting skills and stand up.  Piotr is also focused on gaining experience in the practical application of exercise for a sport like mixed martial arts.  He comes... Read more »
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Killer Leg Exercise: Power Lunge & Plyo Series

Robbie Cole is offering a great leg strengthening exercise in the video below.  Robbie, a Muay Thai instructor shares one of his favorite exercises.  I have done this drill and love it.  If you are suffering from a bad lower back you should remove the jumping portion of this exercise.  Other important safety tips include:... Read more »

A Basic Open Guard Pass with Dino Costeas

If you practice Brazilian jiu jitsu you know that the guard can truly define a practitioner. Open guard passes are not easy. Dino Costeas, a diversified and respected jiu jitsu instructor has an intuitive know-how when it comes to passing, not to mention a brilliant guard. He is an amazing coach.  Here is Dino instructing... Read more »

Upper Body Power Training

Here my client using a 14 pound mecine ball.  The starting position should be either in a fighting stance or a shoulder width position.  Unless you are doing it from a fighting stance, in which case your elbows will be alongside your body, I like this drill with the elbows out.
This is a great exercise for building upper body power and strength.  It is fundamental to those who train in the combat sports.  This plyometric also builds coordination and helps to reinenforce the concept, ‘keep your hands up.’  If you seek more punching power, give this exercise a try.  I do series of 30 second... Read more »
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Tire Training, Achieving the Perfect Fighting Stance

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This drill is a cool variation on shadow boxing. I use a tire sometimes to work on balance and maintaining my center of gravity. This tire is the perfect size for me. It is also a great way to work on circular movement. It can help you learn how to move right and left. If... Read more »

3 Great Footwork Drills

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This movie includes 3 footwork drills. They can easily be incorporated into any type of combat sports class. They are excellent for classes that have circuit work. Of course you can hone your stance and footwork on your own by doing these solo. As your footwork becomes more fluid, you will reap the benefits of... Read more »

Punching Power for Boxing/MMA A Simple Cable Exercise

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There are so many great exercises that enhance punching power.  Squat jumps for example will make your punches more powerful.  The power of a punch is generated from the legs.  In fact, the biomechanics of the punch begin with the muscles in your feet (off the ball of your foot) firing through the calf and... Read more »
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Develop Punching Power: Great for Cross-Training

There are so many fantastic sport specific exercises for boxing, muay thai, MMA and kickboxing.  I consider this to be a fundamental exercise.  It offers a true application of straight punches.  The difficulty with this exercise is that you need to know how to punch before adding it to your routine.  This exercise expects you... Read more »