Posts in category "flexibility"

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 »

Tight Shoulders & Pecs Slowing Your Punching Down?

Once you are in place, then use the opposite hand to help rotate the body off the floor as if to turn towards the ceiling.  This stretch is very intense.  Push slowly at first and do not be surprised if you can not roll much of your chest off the ground.  It will help to take the leg, as you see in the picture and reach it back towards the arm that is stretching.    Hold for 15-30 seconds at a time.  Warm the shoulders up first before doing this stretch.  It is ideal to use this stretch throughout your workout.
Tight shoulders are hardly unique to boxers or punchers of any kind.  All types of athletes experience lack of range throughout their shoulder joint which ultimately leads to poor sport performace.  This is certainly happening during this fine Spring season as baseball has begun.  Mike Pelfrey from the New York Mets has been experiencing shoulder... Read more »
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Muay Thai Boot Camp for All Levels Saturday the 16th

Said Hatim, a Chicago MMA and Muay Thai/Kickboxing Coach is holding a boot camp workout that will feature Muay Thai’s very best training tactics.  This 3 hour workout is being held Sunday, May 16th at 11am to 2pm .  It will be held in the West Loop at POW! Mixed Martial Arts, 312-829-7699.  All levels... Read more »

Can You Do MMA Without Fighting? MMA Training Amazing Exercise

I have been approached by several media outlets over the past year asking if the popularity of MMA, bred by reality shows like, The Ultimate Fighter  ( on SPIKE   http://www.spike.com/show/22307 )  and Fight Science (on The National Geographic channel  http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/fight-science )  has driven more students to train MMA.  The answer is Yes!  Every couple of years... Read more »

Feel Stress or Tension? 8 Stretches, 5 minutes for Work

Although there are so many reasons we feel stress and tension throughout our body, helping to relieve it can be solved by 5 minute stretching breaks throughout your work day. Stretching is important because it helps to reduce the tension we feel in the muscle by increasing the length and even stimulating blood flow. As a... Read more »
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Best MMA Exercise 5 of 5: Armbar

Armbars on the Rope The final exercise in the Best of series of MMA exercises is the Armbar on the rope.  At first glance, or without having a jiu jitsu skill set, this exercise looks like a double leg lift.  This movement is similar to several acrobatic training drills.  I have actually taken a few... Read more »

Best MMA Exercise 4 of 5: Bear Crawl with Resistance

Bear Crawl with Resistance We are on the fourth day of MMA’s Best 5 Exercises.  Each exercise that has been given integrates some form of explosive training and offers a nice twist on core work and increasing body strength.  This picture is awesome because it shows how some guy added resistance to this drill when... Read more »

Best MMA Exercise 2 of 5: Ground Training on Heavy Bag

Heavy Bag Ground Training A great addition to my series this week on MMA’s best exercises is grounded heavy bag work. This exercise is great for anyone who wants intense explosive training that works the upper body and core.  It is very comprehensive and can be done by even the hard-core exercisers who is just... Read more »
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Best MMA Exercises 1 of 5 : Guard Sit-Up

Andrei Arlovski Performing Guard Sit-Up with Elbow Strikes. Each day this week I will post a new exercise that should be part of an MMA training program.  These exercises require an integration of explosive power, core work and strength.   If you are not an MMA fighter, which most of you are not, these are still... Read more »