Mixed Martial Arts

Week 5 - A good trainer will push you, keep you from injury

Jordan Cieciwa
3/10/2014 7:53:55 PM
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Another week is in the books.

I've said it before, I've worked with top pros and I could have made my own program. Folks, I'm learning why top pros bring in people like me. It's the demand for something more. If it was up to me, I'd stop at about 385 feet on the Jacobs Ladder. The mission is 500 feet, with a coach there, I don't get to stop.

This week's lesson in preparation was in setting goals, and achieving measureable results along the way.

At 33-years- old (January 26th was my birthday), I'm just barely old enough to be an expert.

I like to consider myself a smart expert.  Meaning, I have a mentor who's got more knowledge and more important, experience. This is the reason I'm at Elite Performance. There is no replacement for the learning I am doing while working and training under Jeff Fisher (Fish).

This is how the strength and conditioning world will grow, young coaches getting to benefit from someone who has created champions over the decades. I've got an old school coach, who is current with the latest science and technology.  This is what is leading to better and better athlete training.

Fish knows what the human body is capable of, he also knows what it has to do to be in championship form. That means each week, we plan to make me push a little harder. It's like walking the edge of a cliff. I'm getting the best view, and I'm safe because my spotter knows what he's doing.

You see a lot of training injuries in MMA. It's the hardest sport to get an athlete to the game in working order. Those need to be reduced by strength and conditioning. I'm doing a lot of work right now, and most pros do as they go through to ensure muscle balance and flexibility.   That in addition to short bursts of sprinting ensure safe conditioning, the only danger in training should be during sparring.

For fans reading and wanting a bit more of a taste of what it's like to do the strength training side. Set some goals this week. Select a weight you want to bench press, squat, and dead lift. Also, set a time to run a mile and a half in, and something like how many burpees you want to do in 60 seconds. Give yourself a 90-day time frame and work to reach those goals. If it's 40lbs more on the squat, that's only 3.5lbs a week. That's doable

Consult with a professional for two reasons. First, you need the push. I'm in the best shape of my life and it's solely thanks to the environment I train in at Elite, pro athletes, and motivated people take everyone's training to the next level. Second, you need to set goals that are achievable, safe, and will take you to your goal. You have to keep fitness fun for you, and make you appreciate the effort that goes into getting fight ready.

The push is on this week, and my next goal is going to be jumping higher in plyometrics. Exercise is fun again, I've found a challenge, and like the pros I'm training next to, I'm getting better each day.

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