MMA Fight Prep 1
If you know anything about contact sports, you probably agree that having a
strong mid-section is not a terrible thing. Core strength is a must in MMA and coaches and athletes all agree that your core cannot be too strong.
Here are core training exercises for fighters. These specific drills are high-tension drills. Be careful not to perform excessive volume or you’ll be sore for days.
Here are some cues for suitcase isometric holds:
- Start with a kettlebell or dumbbell in one hand.
- Stand with your feet together, posture tall, shoulders back and down and ribcage centered over your pelvis.
- Pull the weight slightly off of your quad about about 1-2 inches. (When doing this, nothing should move!)
- This exercise is excellent for your grip, forearms, obliques, lats, triceps and opposite QL.
A great starting point for men is a 24k kettlebell and woman a 16k kettlebell. Obviously, if either of these weights are easy or incredibly tough, adjust accordingly.
Perform 3-5 sets of :15 holds on each side.