A few years back I decided to train in Golden Gloves. I had training in other martial arts and I thought that boxing would round out my ability. A few weeks into training my coach put me in the ring for some real life sparring. Mid second round I was gassing. My arms were falling and my opponent took every opportunity to capitalize on my fatigue. He hit me with a right, then a left. I felt like someone dropped my brain in a bucket of water and I was out. I quickly realized the level of conditioning that top fighters need in order to perform at the highest levels. The below are MMA Workouts that are totally intense. These UFC fighters train like there is no tomorrow and use unconventional training methods.
The popularity of Mixed Martial Arts or MMA has taken the sport world by storm. UFC has quickly risen to be one of the most watched sporting events on Pay-Per-View. What I find most fascinating is the conditioning of these athletes. The training that they need to go through in order to compete at that level is superb. MMA Training is impressive. MMA Training unique. But most of all, MMA Workouts are tough as nails.
MMA Workouts and Training Styles
Many athletes have admired the way MMA fighters train. They use unconventional training methods like swimming pools, ropes, kettle bells and other tools. I have put together this list to show you how some of the top MMA fighters train. Use these workouts to inspire you to reach further and higher.
1. BJ Penn Workout
This is a great video of BJ Penn jumping out of a pool. He certainly uses his fast twitch muscle fibers here to get enough lift to jump straight out of 3 feet of water.
Pool Jumping Workout
Rising Pool Jumps
I love watching this workout by Vitor. He uses rope training to strengthen his arms. This is a great conditioning exercise.
3. Tito Ortiz Workout
Tito is the man. He knows how to incorporate altitude training into his workouts. This video shows his camp in full training mode, getting intense workouts in at a high altitude.
High Altitude Workouts
4. Brock Lesnar Workout:
This video shows Brock Lesnar working out using all sorts of different exercises. The below list shows the exercises. See if you can incorporate any of these into your own workouts.
Medicine Ball Tosses
Stairs w/ Dumbbells
Straight Legged Holds
Punches with Weights
5. George St. Pierre Workout
This video is actually a promo video for Rush’s new exercise workout system. It gives you a glimpse of how the GSP trains. Pretty intense.
Squating Military Presses
Kneel to Stand Jumps
Static V Holds
6. Rickson Gracie Workout
Rickson Gracie has inspired me for a long time. He certainly uses unconventional training in his routines. This video is a small portion of the full length film “Choke”.
Yoga/Body Weight Workout:
Cross Sit Ups
Happy Man Pose
Resistance Neck Pulls
Abdominal Breathing Exercises
7. Rich Franklin Workout
Rich Franklin knows how to tear it up. In this workout video, he moves from each exercise without stopping.
Non-stop Machine and Body Weight Workout:
Smith Machine Chest Press
8. Randy Couture Workout
Randy Couture is one of the most inspiring UFC Athletes in the game. He is older but still can tumble with the best of them. This video shows his workouts. They are extreme even at his age.
Resistance Running & Plyometric Workout
Medicine Ball Tosses
9. Chuck Liddell Workout
I love watching Chuck Liddell. He has some intense power in his punches and it shows. This workout video shows how he can get so much power into his game.
Partner Leg Pushes
Heavy Bag Work
10. Forest Griffin Workout
Forest Griffin definitely goes through intense workouts. Here he is working with his trainer on speed, coordination, and power.
11. Frank Shamrock Workout
Frank Shamrock is one of the most dynamic fighters in the game. In this workout, he uses a pilates ball and medicine ball to simulate rolling on the mat with an opponent.
Stability and Medicine Ball Workout:
Rolling on Medicine and Stability Ball
MMA Workout Resources:
More MMA Training Stuff
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I love these kind of videos, this is a great collection. These are great workout ideas, even for people just looking to get fit who aren’t necessarily UFC fighters. Thanks for putting this collection together.
You are very welcome! And you’re right, they certainly can be applied to non-UFC fighters. I know I would love to invest in those heavy ropes like Vitor and do some sweet shoulder/forearm/hand strengthening.
Thanks for comment Crazy!
Wow great article, thanks for putting all these vids in one spot! Cheers!
Thanks for the comment Phil! Listening to the interview with Steve Kamb now!