You have worked out in the gym and have learned all the techniques required for your first time in the cage. While it might seem that taking classes and gaining strength is all that you need to be ready for that moment, there is much more work that you must do to get both your body and mind in the right place. Here are a few tips to get yourself prepared for an MMA fight.
Take Care Of Your Body
Getting ready for a fight in the cage can consume your thoughts and schedule. You will want to have enough time to practice so that you are ready. However, it may cause you to neglect other important aspects of the process, such as taking care of yourself. Having the right diet and getting enough rest can help you keep on weight and prevent you from injury. A few questions that you should ask yourself are “how much sleep do I need?” and “am I eating the right things?”. Consider setting aside a day of the week to simply rest or only get a jog in. This allows your body to heal from what it has endured already. Analyze your diet each day and attempt to consume lean meats, vegetables, and other healthy options that have plenty of protein. These items will burn through your system and give you the energy that you need to perform. Ensure that you are getting the right amount of slumber a night so that you wake up refreshed and ready to go.
Train Outside Of Practice
Knowing what you have to do in a fight is vital to your success. However, you also have to possess the strength to overcome your opponent and you must last every round until it is finished. To accomplish this, you need to hit both the weights and the cardio equipment. Set aside time in your day to lift and to take a run or ride a bike. Record what you do so that you can track your progress and know when to add pounds to the bar. Contact a personal trainer to design a workout program for you if you feel that you need help. They will encourage you to put in the additional effort and find the right routine that fits your body type and schedule.
Know What You Are Great At
There are many different components to mixed martial arts that can give you the upper hand in a fight. Know what positions you are good at and practice them as much as you can. Avoid using something flashy that might get the crowd excited if you are yet to be proficient in it. While it might be fun to try in practice, it can be used against you in a live conflict and bring a loss to you. Using the basics that you learned in class provides you a solid foundation to build your strengths on and these will help you win your match. You must also rehearse reversing these moves as well so that you can escape if you get stuck in something.
Get As Much Live Work As Possible
Hitting a bag in practice is one thing. Getting punched in the face by another person is entirely different. You need to be used to this and understand how to counter it before you step into a cage during a competition. Make every effort that you can to get to practice at your club and attend both classes and team practice. Ask a teammate that you work well with to get sparring time outside of these sessions. Question your coaches and instructor about what you should work on then see if they will help you with it until you can perform it effortlessly. Getting selected to be part of an MMA fight is an exciting opportunity that takes a great deal of preparation. Watching what you eat, getting as much practice as possible, and setting aside time to work on your cardio and strength will have you ready for your fight when the time comes.
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