What is WARRIOR ATHLETE Fight Conditioning?
Ask yourself the following:
- Do I feel strong in certain areas, but weak in others?
- Have I been experiencing a diminishing capacity to improve my speed and power?
- Do I look soft in spite of training hard?
If your answer to any of the above question is YES, then most likely you have not been training properly and consequently your fight conditioning is inadequate!
What is fight conditioning?
The term “fight conditioning” needs to be examined – is it about learning and improving fighting techniques, or is it about something beyond this? Obtaining a peak fighting shape is not an easy task. It requires total mind and body recruitment and a special training approach substantially different from any other sport conditioning program. Unlike sport specific exercise programs, which are exclusively geared toward sport specific needs, such as strength conditioning for power lifting or endurance conditioning for long distance running, fight conditioning is about improving all performance capabilities – strength, speed, velocity and endurance, all together. The conditioning of a fighter is NOT about teaching fighting techniques, but rather about building a fighter physique. Being a fighter is a commitment for a warrior lifestyle and fight conditioning should be an integral part of this package – but is it indeed?
Can resistance training benefit a fighter?
It is highly popular today to incorporate resistance training as a means to build muscle mass and strength. Strength coaches have been hired with the mission to strengthen athletes including competitive boxers and marshal artists. Does sheer resistance work? Maybe for body builders, but not so is the case with boxers and marshal artists. Fighters have been paying the consequences of incorporating wrong strength training routines. It is common to see fighters (amateurs and professionals) with great fighting techniques but with very little or no capacity to sustain strength over a few minutes of fighting.
The truth is that many great fighters do not even look like fighters. Inadequate training regimens and nutritional blunders have been compromising the physique and performance of many of today’s warriors. Lifting weights may help increase muscle size but at the same time may severely compromise speed, velocity and most of all – endurance. Virtually all progressive resistance training programs today are based on isolation of body parts and the methodical separation between “upper body” and “lower body” training days.
Unfortunately this method of isolation can not and NEVER will benefit a fighter, and here is why: Strengthening of body parts does not translate to real life fight activities. Let me explain. The ability to fight or flee is inherent to all of us, this is a primal survival mechanism encoded in our genes. The “fight or flight” mechanism is a biological program that has kept our species and other species alive on this planet since primordial times. But here is the point: What’s unique about our fight or flight apparatus is its “total body recruitment” impact. In other words, we are inherently programmed to develop a total body fighting machine and NOT a collection of body parts. We can not achieve a peak fighting shape by strengthening body parts!
There is growing evidence to the critical part of the brain in improving our physical and mental performance. Scientists are finding astonishing evidence to the fact that our brain and muscles DEVELOP simultaneously when proper physical and nutritional stimulation are applied. The more we challenge our neuro-‐muscular system, the more likely we’ll become physically and mentally advanced by increasing our neuro-‐wiring and muscle fueling efficiency – to becoming faster, stronger and tougher all together. And vice versa – the less challenging our training is and the less committed our neuro-‐muscular system is, the more likely we’ll face a training plateau upon which our brain and muscle will fail to continue developing and improving. For a fighter, the inability to improve and adapt is a recipe for stagnation, failure and defeat.