Opened to read the Delhi times this morning and attached with it was a pamphlet of a local gym promising to get you a six pack in 3 months. This promise came with a money back guarantee which got me thinking…
Introspecting that while even at the highest level of their mixed martial arts careers personalities like Chuck Liddell or Mauricio Shogun Rua weigh in at their UFC world title fight without a well cut mid region. Does this mean that MMA training is incomplete and a local gym run by an amateur or semi-professional is more suitable for your dream physique?
The reality of the matter is that genetics play an enormous part in deciding whether or not you are blessed with a six pack of abs. If you have genetics on your side, a moderate level of workout and lifestyle change you can get the desired results. If genetics are against you, it will be battle against all odds for you to get that all elusive core.
Very often gym owners and fitness programme makers themselves believe that a certain workout got them at a certain physical shape and therefore the same programme could also lead others reaching the same level. If the road was easy for them, it was perhaps genetics, and they perhaps had no idea. They believed wholeheartedly in fallacies like ‘treadmill is a waste of energy and should only be used as a warm up and the real workout happens in the weights room’.
Boxing, kick boxing/Muay Thai, or even jiu jitsu (bjj) training sessions by themselves, let alone mixed martial arts (MMA) training which combines all the mentioned fight techniques, are very gruelling and are surely more gruelling that an average day in the average Joe’s gym. When weight training and strength and conditioning is added to a typical MMA programme, the results are extraordinary. We would go out and say that it is perhaps the best workout that you can get.
Even then we would not promise you a six pack or a 20 inch bicep because yes MMA training will make you look and feel better than you have ever felt before but MMA training is not just a cosmetic relief, it’s a way of life, it’s a lot of fun and it leads to an enhancement of all aspects of life.
If a six pack comes along with it then so be it… 🙂