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Atlanta MMA: Superb Strength Training Tactics For MMA Fighters!

Atlanta MMA: Superb Strength Training Tactics For MMA Fighters!

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Atlanta MMA Strength And Conditioning…

If you are a fighter or train in the world of MMA then you understand the physical demands that you undergo when in training and especially when competing. The real way to kick butt and take names in the sport of MMA is making sure that your strength training program is sound and solid my friend. Keep on reading if I have your attention.

MMA Strength And Conditioning

Having been a strength and conditioning specialist in Atlanta, Georgia now for over 10 years I have had the opportunity to work with many athletes at many levels of athletic competition.  Now having said that I will say that the word “talent” is way overrated! The truth is that the very BEST athletes are both physically gifted and consistently pushing themselves through very tough and very well designed strength and conditioning programs. In the world of MMA this is an absolute crucial factor concerning your athletic success.

Speed And Power:

Speed and power are physical attributes that I like to stress within the scope of my MMA strength and conditioning program.  The development of both of these characteristics allows any fighter or athlete to gain an edge on his or her competition. However, the key to developing these traits involves the implementation of lifts and drills that require a maximum output of effort.  Explosive lifts such as barbell cleans, kettlebell snatches, and sandbag throws would all qualify as power building drills for helping you with this category of athletic performance.


I love developing power in all of my athletes, but not at the expense of their functional mobility!!! Being mobile is the key to being fast and powerful. Without the element of mobility a fighter’s ability and performance is compromised, thus potentially setting that athlete up for either an injury or for a loss. Proper pre and post stretching is a must for an effective MMA strength program along with stressing the flawless execution of basic lifting technique.

I am basically an all out “dictator ” to my athletes when it comes to proper lifting and training techniques. Mobility strength drills such as dynamic stretching, kettlebell turkish get ups, and functional body weight drills are all a regular part of making sure my athletes maintain optimal joint mobility and stability within the scope of their training.  Training hard is fine, but training hard and smart at the same time is even better!


Conditioning is an obvious trait that goes along with any athlete’s training program, but this is something I know all MMA fighters can relate to. You see the thing is that any SMART strength and conditioning program should stress the element of cardiovascular conditioning.  In addition to this if the program is structured in the right way this particular element can be obtained specifically during the “strength” portion of the training.

By exerting yourself during your strength lifts you can adequately elevate your cardio and respiration. This can be intensified further by designing your strength training sessions to include bouts of intervals, supersets, and even circuits. You can also include sessions “specifically” for the focus of conditioning and quickness as well. The possibilities are endless, but the key to developing a sound MMA strength training session must involve structure! You’ve got to have an objective, but you’ve got to have the structured plan in order to help you to achieve that objective.

In order to be successful in MMA or any sport for that matter you have got to have an effective strategy for your strength training program. This is where I can help you out and if you want to learn more great strategies and tactics then sign up to join my emailing list here for FREE! Along with joining my list you will receive tons of FREE training tips, my FREE newsletter, and my FREE training guide the 10 Step Method To Strength: Mastering The One Arm One Legged Push Up!



I'm a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and author. I have had over 17 years experience in MMA fitness, strength and conditoning, and athletic performance for most every sport. As an author and specialist I've written close to a million words on fitness and strength. I'm also a Muay Thai practictioner and enjoy helping others to reach their peak potential through fitness and performance.

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