Posts in category "good exercises"

Marathon Recovery Day 2- IT Band and Hip Pain?

As I mentioned yesterday, there are several phases to recovering and rebuilding the body after running a marathon.  I am featuring two activation stretches/exercises that you can do with the foam roller.  They are different than the typical foam roller exercises in that they are focused on the muscles firing properly.  In re-engaging this relationship... Read more »

MMA Meets Kettlebell Training, Part 5

This is absolutely one of the best exercises ever!  It is the perverbial ‘total body’ movement.  It requires balance, a strong core, focus, coordination and technique.  The actual movement even without the kettle bell is challenging and completely applicable to mixed martial arts.  The movement is biomechanically sound and depicts how to properly get up... Read more »

MMA Meets Kettlebell Training, Part 4

From the rotated position, press the kettle bell directly above your shoulder.  Engage your side body (side section of the ab wall) as you press the weight.
The kettlebell is quickly becoming the trainer’s favorite tool.  So many fitness professionals are incorporating kettlebells into their routines, as well as their cleints.  This exercise is a great one to add into any fitness program.  However, it is great for the martial arts practioner because is recruits many of the same muscles and used... Read more »
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MMA Meets Kettlebell Training, Part 3

Begin bedning at your waist.  As you bend with the weight, lowering it as low as is comfortable; lengthen the opposite side body.  Inhale as you com eup from the side flexion exercise.
Kettlebell training can be adapted in so many different ways.  Below you will see a yoga application of the kettlebell that happens to have great sport specific value for kicking.  The combination of having to perform this exercise while balancing on one leg makes it more than just a basic way to tighten the obliques.... Read more »

MMA Meets Kettlebell Training, Part 2

Stand up through the lunge, swining the kettlebell up towards your opposite shoulder.  As you lengthen your body upwards, pivot your feet to turn yourself in the opposite direction.  The kettlebell should swing as you make this movement, keeping the arms straight.
The Russian kettlebell can offer so many challenges. They offer a dynamic experience in any workout setting.  Since this week is dedicated to giving you one exercise each day, I will also give a little information daily on how kettlebell training is useful for the martial artist.   Kettlebells have a way of recruiting your... Read more »

MMA Meets Kettlebell Training, Part 1

Repeat the same motion as you did for the rear uppercut.
Kettlebells can be compared with other modalities of training.  There are several great functional exercises and tools that can be used to improve athletics.  Kettlebells are an excellent addition to a MMA workout routine because of their biomechanical muscle replication.  They can be used to recreate the body’s involvement when doing kicks, punches and takedowns.... Read more »
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Andrei Arlovski Train Like Him, Be Fight Fit by May 15th

Andrei Arlovski will take on Antonio Silva on Strikeforce’s May15th Showtime card.  As a Chicago resident, Arlovski maintains a strong local following from more than just the Russian and MMA community.  The Chi-town Belarussian has endured a career filled with dramatic upsets, his most recent to Brett Rodgers and Fedor Emelianko.  On the flip side,... Read more »

MMA/Martial Arts Training, Fast Way to Drop Pregnancy Weight, 3 Fat Burning Workouts

I had my third child on March 29th.  Although I was active throughout my entire pregnancy with punching, kicking, teaching, weight training, yoga and so on, I had concerns about losing my pregnancy weight.  This is a concern that equalizes all mothers-to-be.     Eager to get back at it all, I really went straight... Read more »

15 Minute Morning MMA Blast Will Burn Fat Fast!

Try boosting your metabolism by waking up 15 minutes early.  Even 15 minutes of training, if it is high intensity can have a positive impact on your physique.  You will see changes in your body in a fairly short period of time if you give yourself a kick in the ass when you wake up... Read more »
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Training Martial Arts While Pregnant: Exercising Pregnant Part II

Being pregnant presents a lot of new challenges if you want to keep up the same lifestyle from your pre-pregnancy days.  Whether it is working out, working, traveling, seeing your friends or socializing, your body will dictate to what degree you can maintain the same level of business.  I will say that having determination to... Read more »