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Cieciwa: The final week of an MMA training camp

Jordan Cieciwa, TSN Radio 1290
4/8/2013 2:21:55 AM
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With help from a variety of experts in the MMA world, including UFC fighter Tarec Saffiendine, TSN Radio 1290's Jordan Cieciwa is on the final week, as he tries to get himself "Fight Ready".

With the end in sight I honestly can't imagine a career in professional MMA being anything other than grueling. 

My career as a strength coach and weight loss expert has had me work with a multitude of different people. I have tried every kind of workout, pushed all sorts of limits and broken through plateaus in training on a regular basis.  My goal, never ask an athlete to do anything I can't do myself. 

What I found with this last six weeks, I can do all the training routines I ask.  I can even do them wearing an elevation training mask.  What I couldn't accomplish is doing it with the sparring, and with the right amount of calorie restriction. 

My numbers at the end of this are as follows

-Body weight 228 pounds, down 18.

-Mile and a half run time 9:55. 

-61 pushups in 60 seconds as counted and timed by Doug Drobot at Snap Fitness River Heights

I also managed to jump over a hurdle set at 38 inches. GSP does 48. 

I am still going to continue my eating habits.  The point of this was to get my health and high performance lifestyle back on track.  The energy I feel after having a smoothie almost every morning has been fantastic. 

I also have pretty much killed the cravings for low nutrient foods, and I am pleased to be looking the leanest I have in a year. 

So I owe a big thanks to Lew Polley for giving me a bunch of his tips and tricks learned over an entire career, and usually things he saves for paying pro MMA fighters.  It was also fun to keep the pace of former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine.

Where I had the most fun was using the Nexersys to simulate the sparring aspect of the training.  It required reaction, and speed work that increased my heart rate and kept me engaged. 

The iTrainer aspect of the Nexersys also showed me a lot of progress in stamina, and accuracy of strikes.  Those traits kept me coming back and bettering my score. 

As I progressed my scoring, I put more effort in.  I burned calories having fun, and you can't go wrong with that.

This was an exercise test like none other, and I recommend whole heartedly that any fight fan try it.  Support local talent and head to an MMA gym, or be like me and take your circuits to a neighborhood gym.  I had fun putting on my own circuit classes at Snap River Heights in Winnipeg.  Something the ownership and I are now adding into the classes offered. 

I hope it takes off in time for people to get Fight Ready for UFC 161.  We have a fantastic Canadian pay-per-view coming to Winnipeg.  My hope is fans find out what goes into these athletes actually competing and making weight.

If MMA is a way of life for you, try adding some of the fitness components to your life.  North America is in need of a fitness makeover, and this is the kind of inspiration we need. If you are a hard core competitor my hat is off too you, it's not that anyone part of the sport is impossible.  The sum of all that goes into it makes it something that truly requires a focused, warrior spirit. 

So to all those unsung heroes out there grinding away in the ranks outside the UFC.  Thanks for building this sport, it's tough beyond words. 

For all those wanting to try training at the highest level, share this on Facebook and Twitter, tag me @fitcityjordan.  I will randomly select two fans and send them an elevation training mask (Final entry midnight April 23rd. Draw April 24th).

I feel it's the best way for me to get some love for how hard I worked… even though I didn't make weight.   

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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