In all top gyms in cities like Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai circuit training is the new fad. We investigated whether circuit training works in mixed martial arts (boxing, kick boxing, muay thai, bjj- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu etc) or not. If you are confused about whether or not circuit training is for you then this is the article is just for you.
Circuit training is actually a great form of exercise to acquaint yourself with if you plan to compete in mixed martial arts. It allows both men and women to work on strength and cardio at the same time. In addition to that, circuit training has the potential to burn an amazing amount of calories, so if you are looking to drop some weight these are the exercises for you.
What is Circuit training?
Circuit training is a form of conditioning in which you string together a number of exercises completing one after another without rest or with minimal rest. The exercises that you string together form what is called the circuit.
How to do it?
There is a huge amount of room for creativity when it comes to creating a circuit. You can vary the overall length of time, the time spent on each exercise, the time in between exercises, what exercises you use, how much weight you use (if you are using weights), etc.
Let’s take a look at some of the things to consider when creating a circuit training program to improve performance in MMA.
Time length – This one is pretty easy. You will usually want to try to mimic the length of time you will spend fighting and resting during a mma fight. For example, if you have a 3 round fight with each round lasting 5 minutes with 1 minute rest in between, then you would want to create a circuit that uses those times. Of course there are instances that you may not want to do it exactly that way. For instance you may want to increase the intensity of the workout beyond what you will experience in the fight e.g. less rest and longer periods of activity.
Exercises – Well, I’m a big fan of exercises that use large muscle groups, since that is usually what you use in a fight. Think pull ups, push ups, bent over rows, and squats. Not exercises that isolate one part of the body like one arm bicep curls, calf extensions and tricep extensions. Also try to make the exercises as sport specific as you can. For instance, rather than doing squats, grab a partner and practice shooting in for a double leg, then pick him all the way off the ground, then repeat. You can replace wind sprints with an intense round of kicking the thai pads. That being said, you can pretty much use any exercise you want in your circuit providing it is safe and will push you in the direction of your goal.
How often? – This is not an easy question to answer because it will vary from person to person. But it’s definitely an important one to ask so that you can prevent over or under training. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to get a better idea of how often you should be trying to fit this into your routine.
Am I gearing up for a fight or just trying to maintain the fitness level I already have?
How intense is the other training I am currently doing?
Have I recently had a fight and need to recover?
How intense is the circuit I created?
The answers to those questions will hopefully give you an idea of how often to implement circuit training into you conditioning program. Other than that, just make sure you listen to your coach, he is there to monitor your training and make sure you neither over nor under train.
No good article on circuit training would be complete without a demonstration. So I will turn it over to Randy “The Natural” Couture to give us a demo of a circuit.
If you live in Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai and wish to learn MMA (mixed martial arts i.e. boxing, kick boxing, bjj- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, wrestling, Judo , Karate etc) and have not been to a circuit class then this is your opportunity. Do try it….
Happy training everyone!!!!!