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Workout Routines

The basics of physical fitness include flexibility, strength, power, speed, muscular endurance, balance and cardiovascular fitness. Each martial art has developed its own workout routines to cultivate the body type and mentality that’s best for the art form.

Following the aerobic-exercise fad of the 1980s, it became increasingly popular to integrate martial arts training into non-martial artist workout routines. The 1990s saw the advent of the oft-ridiculed Tae Bo. Tae Bo was not a self-defense system, yet many misled individuals thought the exercises could be applied to self-defense scenarios. However, this was an important development because mainstream America saw new value in learning martial arts. Today, more people practice martial arts in the United States than ever before.

More recently, elements of mixed martial arts training have been incorporated into workout videos. Champions like Chuck Liddell, Frank Shamrock and Mauricio Rua have released DVDs that demonstrate exercise routines with an emphasis on conditioning for fights.

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  1. 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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  2. Kettlebell Military Press with John Spezzano

    Kettlebell Military Press with John Spezzano

    A 30-year veteran of the martial arts, John Spezzano is a full instructor of Jun Fan gung fu / jeet kune do concepts and the Philippine martial arts under Dan Inosanto. Spezzano is also qualified to teach maphilindo silat (under Inosanto), wing chun (under Francis Fong) and muay Thai (under
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  3. Kettlebell Exercise: One-Handed Swing

    Kettlebell Exercise: One-Handed Swing

    A 30-year veteran of the martial arts, John Spezzano is a full instructor of Jun Fan gung fu / jeet kune do concepts and the Philippine martial arts under Dan Inosanto. Spezzano is also qualified to teach maphilindo silat (under Inosanto), wing chun (under Francis Fong) and muay Thai (under
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  4. Kettlebell Exercise: One-Legged Deadlift

    Kettlebell Exercise: One-Legged Deadlift

    A 30-year veteran of the martial arts, John Spezzano is a full instructor of Jun Fan gung fu / jeet kune do concepts and the Philippine martial arts under Dan Inosanto. Spezzano is also qualified to teach maphilindo silat (under Inosanto), wing chun (under Francis Fong) and muay Thai (under
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Single-Leg Dead Lift for MMA Training

    Single-Leg Dead Lift 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 a single-leg dead lift.


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  8. Chest Press on Stability Ball for MMA Training

    Chest Press 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 the one-arm chest press on a stability ball.


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  9. Kevin Kearns: Lunges for MMA Training

    Kevin Kearns: Lunges 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 lunges.


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  10. Alternating Chin-Ups with MMA Trainer Kevin Kearns

    Alternating Chin-Ups with MMA Trainer 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 alternating chin-ups. For more information about training with him in person and via DVD visit BurnWithKearns.com


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