Adaptive Resistance Training for MMA, Powertec Style
Sports have been one of the most acknowledged American pastimes. Whether youactually play the sport or happy to be on the side lines, watching your favorite team andplayers go at it makes your heart stomp, your adrenaline rushing, and your passionsometimes getting the best out of you. It brings the competitive spirit within you, andpromotes discipline that you can apply in real life. Combat sports and martial artsincluded.For years, there have been numerous disciplines that we invest in for self-defence.Karate, Tae Kwon Do, or even Boxing, are some of the sports we want our kids, or evenourselves to engage in just to survive in the concrete jungle. 18 years ago, a sportshowcased the effectiveness of each martial art, pitting one discipline against another tosee who the ultimate fighter is.Fast forward to present day, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is the youngest mainstreamsport today. And its flagship organization, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)hasn’t even turned 20 yet. But its meteoric rise from holding 2,000 seats in Denver,Colorado back in 1993, to hosting an audience of 55,000 across the border, withmillions of paying viewers worldwide.What makes people get hooked on MMA? Is it the gore? Maybe a more dynamiccombat approach compared to boxing? Is it the next best thing to a street fight? Orother interesting stuff we can learn in the cage? While other sports like basketball andfootball require lots of running, MMA has the best athletes in the world, with all musclesand aspects of fitness utilized during the match. 5 minutes of constant moving is moretiring than 10 minutes of running and stopping for a breather. You punch, kick, grapple,carry, slam, backpedal, sprint, twist, move laterally, jump, take a hit, and what not; MMAfighters can do it all! Just like what UFC President Dana White would always say, “So you want to be aF*@#$&! Fighter?” Back then, people were too afraid to train MMA due to its no holdsbarred nature and a bloody nature. With athletic commissions implementing sanctioningbodies and more rules applied to make it mainstream, we now consider MMA to be fun,safe, a perfect fitness outlet, and can be used for self-defence outdoors.While we spend tons of cash enrolling in MMA classes, it’s hard to deny that, with abusy schedule (unless you actually train MMA as a profession), it might be a difficultlong-term investment to commit weekly sessions in local MMA gyms. Sometimes, wewish to improve our strength at home. However, do you really think you can improvepunching power with a heavy pair of dumbbells, or even kick with dumbbells? Or howyou can strengthen your chokes?
Actually, you don’t need dumbbells and barbells to improve your striking and grappling power. Thanks to the design of the Powertec Functional Trainer, you can now train various disciplines through Adaptive Resistance Training (ART), a form of Functional Training. ART represents what really happens when you modify strength training for real-life functional application. For ART training, you need to work against resistance. Although free weights and other options are available, many are limited in what you can do with them, relying on gravity alone. The Powertec Functional Trainer has adjustable cable attachments, depending on what type of strikes you need to develop. If you need to improve your punching power,make sure you adjust the pulleys near shoulder level. To increase your kicking power,position the pulley on ankle level, since you generate your kicks from the ground up.Whether you want to pick-up and slam from the floor, or throw that haymaker fromabove your head, the Powertec Functional Trainer presents multiple angles and rangesof motion, depending on the situation that you want to apply in Mixed Martial Arts.With the Powertec Functional Trainer, you can now take your MMA game to a wholenew level. Your power, technique and ease of movement in the cage will improve in notime, as your conditioning and confidence soaring big time. Now get that kick-assequipment, train hard at home, and kick ass out there! Ian Lauer, CSCS www.ianlauer.com
About the AuthorIan Lauer is an Actor, Fitness Model and a Certified Strength andConditioningSpecialist via the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association)as well as Certified Spencer Pilates Instructor through NESTA (National Exercise &Sports Trainers Association).Ian graduated from The College of Wooster with a degree in Chemistry with a minor inTheatre. After graduating, he acted professionally and performed in a number of stageproductions. He went to graduate school and earned a Master’s degree in Acting atWayne State University.Ian is now the Asst. Fitness Director of Cooking Me Skinny, a new national weight lossprogram launched fall of 2010, Team Powertec member, and a sponsored athlete ofTeam Sci-Fit.Powertec is a trusted brand in Weight Training and Fitness Home Gym Equipmentbased out of Los Angeles. Powertec manufactures an entire list of strength equipmentfor both domestic and commercial use, from basic weight lifting to look good and livehealthier, to functional training development being used in improving athleticperformance. www.powertecfitness.com mag.powertecfitness.com forum.powertecfitness.com