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MMA Workouts

Mixed-martial arts workouts involve intense explosive-power and core-strength exercises that aren’t normally used in traditional martial arts schools. Typical MMA workouts involve the fighter practicing several stand-up fighting methods with grappling and ground-fighting exercises. Because the fighters are studying to compete or train in self-defense, these exercises also help them work on their mindset—no matter who the opponent, the MMA fighter battles until his opponent is defeated.

Other popular MMA workouts include dragging weights, lifting kettlebells, throwing medicine balls, hanging from ropes, sprawling, sit-ups and more when combined with striking or kicking.

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  1. MMA Workouts Video: Airborne Lunges From Scott Sonnon’s Ultimate Conditioning Program for Kickers

    MMA Workouts Video: Airborne Lunges From Scott Sonnon’s Ultimate Conditioning Program for Kickers

    Improve your MMA kicking with body conditioning through exercises such as the airborne lunge, demonstrated by John Wolf as instructed by Scott Sonnon in this NEW excerpt from his Ultimate Conditioning DVD series.
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  2. Scott Sonnon Shows You Kettlebell Routines and Other MMA Workouts (Including Clubbells!)

    Scott Sonnon Shows You Kettlebell Routines and Other MMA Workouts (Including Clubbells!)

    Your overall physical conditioning may dictate victory vs. defeat in an MMA match. Fitness expert Scott Sonnon previews the exhaustive (and exhausting!) regimen he designed for his Ultimate Conditioning DVD series in *three* exclusive videos!
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  3. MMA’s Bas Rutten, Don Frye, Kim Couture, Jamie Yager and Herb Dean at LA Fitness Expo January 19-20! SAVE $5 with EXCLUSIVE COUPON!

    MMA’s Bas Rutten, Don Frye, Kim Couture, Jamie Yager and Herb Dean at LA Fitness Expo January 19-20! SAVE $5 with EXCLUSIVE COUPON!

    Black Belt will be there! Will you? Print your FREE coupon to save $5 on admission to this event featuring Brazilian jiu-jitsu, sumo, CrossFit, MMA fighters, bodybuilding gurus, bikini shows, group workouts and much more!
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  4. Learn 3 Grappling Techniques From UFC Star Chael Sonnen

    Learn 3 Grappling Techniques From UFC Star Chael Sonnen

    Chael Sonnen isn’t your typical politician. For one, he actually answered our questions. But more important, the All-American wrestler from Oregon taught us some of the best tricks from his playbook.

    Despite his reputation as one of the UFC’s loudest stars, he doesn’t have a bad word to say about
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  5. Bench Dips on Stability Ball for MMA Training

    Bench Dips on Stability Ball for MMA Training

    Fitness expert Kevin Kearns was interviewed for the article “Fighting Fitness 101″ in the October 2010 issue of Black Belt. In this exercise tutorial, Kearns shows you how to execute bench dips on a stability ball.


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  6. Agility-Ladder + Bodyblade Drills for MMA Training

    Agility-Ladder + Bodyblade Drills for MMA Training

    Kevin Kearns is the creator of the Burn With Kearns conditioning system for MMA athletes. In this exercise tutorial, Kearns shows you how to use the agility ladder and Bodyblade for a variety of challenging conditioning drills.


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  7. Shoulder Roll with Stability Ball (Kevin Kearns)

    Shoulder Roll with Stability Ball (Kevin Kearns)

    Fitness expert Kevin Kearns was interviewed for the article “Fighting Fitness 101″ in the October 2010 issue of Black Belt. In this exercise tutorial, Kearns shows you how to execute shoulder rolls with a stability ball.


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  8. Tattoos and Training for MMA Film: Undisputed III

    Tattoos and Training for MMA Film: Undisputed III

    Scott Adkins, star of Undisputed III: Redemption, was featured in the February 2011 Black Belt issue’s cover story about what constitutes the 21st-century martial artist. He’s a student of judo, wushu, Krav Maga and gymnastics, and used all of them in his role as Russian inmate Boyka for the two
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  9. Dumbbell Uppercuts for MMA Training

    Dumbbell Uppercuts for MMA Training

    Fitness expert Kevin Kearns was interviewed for the article “Fighting Fitness 101″ in the October 2010 issue of Black Belt. In this exercise tutorial, Kearns shows you how to execute dumbbell uppercuts.


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  10. Sledgehammer Punches for MMA Training

    Sledgehammer Punches for MMA Training

    Fitness expert Kevin Kearns was interviewed for the article “Fighting Fitness 101″ in the October 2010 issue of Black Belt. In this exercise tutorial, Kearns shows you how to execute “sledgehammer punches,” an exercise that’s excellent for shoulder strength!


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