Mixed Martial Arts

Cieciwa: Week 5 of an MMA training camp

Jordan Cieciwa, TSN Radio 1290
3/22/2013 9:52:17 PM
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With help from UFC fighter Tarec Saffiendine,  TSN Radio 1290's Jordan Cieciwa is on Week 5, as he tries to get himself "Fight Ready".

I got brand new clothing this week. I'm not talking about a sweet blue shirt and black shorts. This week came with a brand new Elevation Mask, version 2.0.

Up until now, I had been using the old gas mask style elevation mask, but now I join the ranks of the top pros in MMA. If you are into High Intensity Training this is a must try! There is a reason they are on the shorts of everyone who wins.

The lesson for this week is how to gradually increase intensity to avoid injury and get the best results. I am losing weight, my endurance is through the roof, and doing plyometrics I can jump higher. The intensity has been high and with UFC on Fuel 8 right around the corner, and I am excited by these results.

I started building my cardio base with sprinting and bike work, as well as circuits. Now I am adding the Elevation Mask to make those events harder and it's working.

The science behind the last leg of training is to increase the intensity to a maximum, and leave the gym as soon as possible.  That means I get the most recovery time.  Adding a Elevation Mask does that.  It improves the function of my diaphragm and intercostals muscles.  Muscles get stronger and produce more force when resistance is introduced.

Getting my weight to drop has been another thing. I wondered why Tito Ortiz, Dan Henderson, Sokoudjou and many other's head up to seclusion at Big Bear. I am sure it's to avoid friends and family and the temptation to eat all sorts of great food. Every time I eat high fructose corn syrup, or refined sugars my workouts and recovery suffer.  Training at this much intensity shows just what a fine tuned machine the body actually is.  Without vitamins, minerals and water present, the body cannot produce high performance results.  MMA fighter, or business professional, everyone should try this, because it proves the point of how we typically neglect the body and how much better we could function with high quality food. 

My buying practices at the grocery store will forever be changed.  Most of my time will be spent in the fresh produce, and protein section. My grains will consist mainly of quinoa and the “ancient grains”.

The only thing left saving me right now is routine.  I cannot imagine what it must be like for athletes like GSP, Jon Jones, or others with a hectic media schedule. The demands on the body, and the need for rest is absolutely amazing.  The volume and intensity of work that this requires would be nearly impossible at their level with all the demands.  Somehow they do it, and my training mask is off to them. 

Get to your local MMA gym and give some of this a try.  The circuits and workouts for plyometrics and conditioning days can be done at any gym out there.  I have been causing a raucous at Snap Fitness River Heights in Winnipeg.  Getting people to try the circuits with me. It's the joy of being one of Winnipeg's top strength coaches, I have access to a lot of “victims” to get this type of training into more people's regimes.  I figure if it is good enough for Drew Tate, and Chad Owens, more athletes should be trying it.  Head to toe, this is the best shape I have been in athletically in my life. Not bad for a 32-year-old, and I have three more weeks to go.  I don't think I will stop, just slow down the two-a-days.

Let me know if you are getting Fight Ready, @fitcityjordan , love to hear your story.

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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