Mixed martial arts is a vigorous sport, and training can be brutal both mentally and physically. You have to be strong to be able to go multiple rounds in an octagon while someone is trying to submit or knock you out. Being successful in a fight or competition starts with a rigorous training routine. If you’re new to MMA, it’s important you’re prepared going into your first class. As you start this new lifestyle, here are seven basic necessities you’ll need to get the most from each training session.
Rest and Recovery Time
Making sure you are getting enough rest, both before and after workouts, is important for your body’s recovery. If you push yourself too hard and never take a break, your muscles can become extremely fatigued and may put you at risk of injury and make your training session less effective. Some ways to help your muscles recover faster are by getting massages, doing yoga, or taking ice baths.
Plenty of Water
You need to make sure you are staying hydrated, whether it’s a workout or rest day. Keeping track of your water intake is the best way to make sure you have plenty of fluids in you. On average, people need to drink about half a gallon of water daily, which can be more depending on gender, size, and activity level.
If you are not getting enough water, you could lose large amounts of energy, meaning you won’t be able to work out or train as well. Dehydration could also cause you to experience cramps or muscle fatigue too. You can help avoid this by making sure you always carry around a bottle of water with you. Every time you see it, you’ll be reminded to continuously drink it throughout the day.
Supplements help athletes get the various nutrients they need that they aren’t getting from their normal diet. Depending on what you are lacking, you may have to use different products and amounts. Some people will take a pre-workout to get an energy boost before a hard workout. This can give you the momentum you need to get more reps in or do another exercise. Being able to push your body will also help you get stronger and be better.
Healthy, High-Energy Food
You need to make sure you are eating the right food while you’re training. Eating unhealthy foods that are high in fat or sugar can make you gain excess fat or become lethargic. On the other hand, healthy carbs can give you the energy you need to make it through a difficult workout.
Clothes and Equipment
Making sure you have the proper equipment for your workouts is important. Having the right clothes and accessories in a canvas tote bag can make traveling to and back a lot easier. What you are going to be training for will help you decide what you need. If you are striking that day, you will want to bring pads, headgear, and gloves. If you’re doing mat work, running, and lifting you won’t need as many things.
Before you start your workout, you should have a good warmup. This will help you get mentally and physically ready for what you’re about to accomplish. You need to slowly warm-up and stretch your muscles. This will help prevent injury or fatigue that could happen during training. It normally takes about fifteen minutes to get a full-body warmup.
You should have a set amount of time in your schedule for your workout. If you aren’t purposely planning to train, you won’t be able to find the time or be able to devote all of your energy to the workout. Make sure you’re limiting and properly spacing out your workouts to allow for muscle recovery. You’ll find it’s a lot easier to stay on track when you already have it scheduled out and planned.
It will take a lot of preparation to get good workouts in. You need to think about all the moving pieces beforehand so you can make the most out of every training session.
Mikkie is a freelance writer from Chicago. She is also a mother of two who loves sharing her ideas on interior design, budgeting hacks, and DIY. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing the little ones or rock climbing at the local climbing gym.
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