Has the thought of taking up MMA (mixed martial arts) crossed your mind, but you’re not exactly sure about what to do and where to start? That’s a very common problem, don’t worry! MMA is very enticing for many, but it’s also a bit intimidating in case you haven’t worked out like that before.
MMA is one of the most popular sports of the moment and its popularity is rising constantly, so you’ll probably have a harder time than expected when it comes to picking a gym, what offer is the best for you, what coaches are truly inspiring and so on. Follow our short guide and you’ll shortly be on the right track.
Just because MMA is intimidating, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it. After all, that is actually part of its appeal. You just need some preparation for it, a clear head and some lessons in martial arts and sports which have influenced the mixed martial arts, such as Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or wrestling.
Do some research
In case you already are an MMA fan and watch the matches, you know that a fighter must put in a lot of work so they are always improving their level of physical fitness, to which we add knowing what the combat style and techniques of the opponent are and creating a plan to get to the big win!
This is exactly how you should also start preparing for your MMA debut. Check out the gyms around you or in the city and visit the ones that seem to offer the best benefits (close to home, free or cheap trial period, etc). Now it’s time to choose a place that fits your needs the best.
If you’re looking for some fun, almost any gym would do, but if you want to prepare for MMA on a competitive level, then you should focus on gyms that hire professional fighters and that have already an established and satisfied clientele.
Be sure you’re ready
Before looking for the best boxing bags, you have to make sure that you can do this, physically. We don’t mean that you have to be already in a sort of fighting shape as beginner classes for MMA are aimed at people with no experience in the martial arts, but who are already a bit in shape.
Just the warmups are truly exhausting as they are much more difficult than your average workout for a sport that’s not related to the martial arts. Work on your strength and conditioning so when you do start your training, you will be in safe hands and won’t risk any injuries.
Once the training period has started, you’ll surely be tempted to advance as quickly as possible, which is quite understandable. But, as excited as you are, you have to keep in mind that there are plenty of things that you have to learn before and you can’t do it all at once.
Preparing for MMA takes enough time as it is, but if you force yourself to go over the limit too quickly, you are just going to delay your mastering of the art even more because you are most likely to get sick or injured in your training.
Train yourself on a serious level about twice a week and mix those training sessions with other activities such as yoga or running. Don’t forget to take a day off every week so your body can rest completely.
With these two pieces of advice in mind, you are sure to succeed in your quest, regardless if it’s just a hobby or you’re planning a career in it!