Posts in category "gym workouts"

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 »

5 Back Exercises You Can Do at Work

Lay flat on the floor on your stomach.  Fully extend your arms and legs.  While keeping your forehead flat on the ground, slowly lift the opposite arm and leg off the ground.  Do not bend the knee, imagine someone trying to pull your shoe off your foot as you lift the leg.  Your hips should be pressed on the ground and your gluts should be tighten.  Do not kick the leg up.  (The movement is similar to the doggie bridges)  Do 10 reps slowly at 2 - 3 sets, two or three times per week.
An achy back, is no unusual experience. Regardless of the sport you practice, lower back pain is common among them all.   All sports require you to move through flexion and extension  (bending forward and leaning back), lateral flexion (side bend movement) and rotation (turning at the waist).  These ranges of motion are mandatory for movement.  ... Read more »

Heads Up! The Chicagoan Next To You Does MMA

  The people of Chicago are progressive and forward thinking, yet welcoming to visitors and in tune with family values.  We sometimes get a bad wrap, that we are not trend-setters or cutting edge like our east and west coast metro-cousins.  I have begun to feature cool Chicago peeps that train in MMA; which is... Read more »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

Greetings From Las Vegas, Center of MMA

One of my favorite perks of being a writer has always been visiting other trainers and martial arts schools all over the world. For over 10 years, I wrote for print, which is much harder than writing for the online audience. There is so much planning that goes into a print story.  Covering an event... 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 »