Mixed Martial Arts

Cieciwa: Week 3 of an MMA training camp

Jordan Cieciwa, TSN Radio 1290
3/8/2013 6:27:23 PM
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Fatigue develops from compounding mistakes.  At this point in my training, I am feeling every missed meal, and every single give in to craving.  I am learning that high level performance is based fully on consistency.

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Here is the Schedule: It mirrors Tarec Saffiendine's prep for a fight. After talking with Tarec on the phone, he informed me that he runs three to five miles daily as well. Most fighters don't put that in their training logs as they just “do it”.  I have been doing a daily mile-and-half run, eight 30-second on, 30-second off sprints, then a half-mile jog.  Then I move to the bike and do ten sprints 30/30.

10:30am: Pro practice sparring MMA (big gloves) – I am going 8 rounds on my Nexersys
5pm: BJJ/No gi or wrestling – Finding different gyms to take intro courses at in Winnipeg
10:30am: Pro practice MMA
5pm: Conditioning – This is my specialty. As a strength coach I am having fun going through what I put my athletes through.
10:30am: Grappling/wrestling
5pm: Pads muay thai – Currently up to 6 hard rounds with a eight minute warm up skip. By the end I need to be at 8-10 rounds. Literally almost throwing up in the sixth round right now.
10:30am: MMA (little gloves) sparring.
5pm: Conditioning
10:30am: Muay thai sparring and technique
5pm: Wresting or grappling
Wrestling – I have been doing another conditioning as I can't find time to get on a mat thanks to my TSN 1290 Radio show.

This week was busy, and I had a brainstorm.  Since I want this to be for the fans, and because I want people to join me on this mission and gain an understanding of what goes into a fight camp, I should find a few things to try at home. I want to give readers a reason to follow, and way to follow.

For the way to train at home, enter Rush Fit. It was billed as a training camp, and the workouts deliver. The program is difficult and worth trying. I used the Rush Fit system on one of the busier days I had thanks to the UFC announcement. I didn't have time to drive to the gym and make one of my classes, so I set up shop at home.  I definitely got a sweat going. If you love MMA, and want to try a professional level program, pick this up.  Just know that you get what you put in, and without a class around you, it has to be your decision to work hard.

I also got a lesson in how tough it is to be a fighter when I did a few seminars and appearances for Fareconnect.com. We are giving away a trip to a Sandals resort. As part of that giveaway, I did a few seminars on weight loss, and fitness at their Winnipeg Store, The Travel Mug.  Great success and fun meeting people, but I was exhausted after training and working all day.  It made me realize how tough it is on the top fighters.  Demands on time for non-training and non-sport reasons take the focus away from staying in peak physical condition.

This week I focused on the mistakes that get made in most rookies training camps.  I have a lot of weight to cut, most new guys to MMA do the same, they don't stay healthy.  They cut all kinds of weight in the training, then gain it back.  Similar to the situation in fitness modeling.  The trick is to stay fit and near weight all the time. That means you can spend your time in the gym training and working on the technical and tactical side of the game.  Trust me though, this training takes weight off FAST!  My smoothie and eating plan are all on my www.onefitcity.com blog.

I stepped on the Scale on February 16 and weighed 246-pounds.  Today is weigh in Friday, and I was 234-pounds. This week coming up I will be cutting more calories. The goal at the end of next week is to be 225-pounds.  By UFC on Fuel 9 on April 6, I plan to be 220-pounds. 

When I worked with Krzysztof Soszynski he would cut to 205-pounds, from 220-pounds.  So the week of April 1, I will attempt a full weight cut from 220-pounds right down to 205-pounds.  So I need to stay focused, and that's where rookie mistakes get made. 

By mid next week I am sure “skipping” a workout may look like a great option, but if I plan to hit the goal, I can't do that.  If you want to understand what goes into a fight, I suggest you try this program and get involved in a local MMA gym. It will change the way you watch fights. It's the diet, the exercise consistency, and doing something you love that will get great results.

Jordan Cieciwa can be heard on TSN Radio 1290 every Saturday at 11:30am ct with his show The Weigh-In. You can also follow Jordan at www.twitter.com/FitCityJordan and get all your fitness tips at www.onefitcity.com.

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