Sports have a special place in the hearts of many, and combat sports are particularly thrilling. While it can be incredibly exciting to watch a professional fight, you might get it in your mind to try it for yourself. Doing so is all well and good as long as you approach it responsibly, and doing so will entail a lot of hard work and good, old fashioned research. Here are the tips you’ll need to build the ideal fighter’s body.
One of the most important parts for sculpting your body into peak condition for professional fighting is your diet. Many modern consumers subsist heavily on processed food items, and those food items are referred to as “junk” for a reason. While they might be more convenient and can sometimes be more affordable, they sacrifice nutrition for the sake of longer shelf lives and cheaper production costs, not to mention addictive additives like salt and sugar. Avoiding processed food items as much as possible will serve you well.
Another important component of any athletic diet is that it should be scaled to your increased needs for certain ingredients. Carbs and protein are among the most prominent nutrients in any diet, because they provide energy and maintain muscles, respectively. As a result, these nutrients are needed in ever greater amounts of fighters who engage in more rigorous physical activity more often. Electrolytes and hydration are also important when physical exertion is involved, because they are both expended en masse in sweat.
It’s also important to note that you can gain greater control over your diet by using dietary supplements like the Thrive patch or protein powder. As a general rule, supplements provide concentrated doses of certain vitamins and nutrients by divorcing them from the baggage associated with the food items from which you would normally get them.
In line with the classic “diet and exercise” mantra that pervades discussions of health, working out will be an important part of creating the ideal body for a competitive fighter. Everyone needs to hit a certain fitness threshold to avoid medical problems, and this necessitates a full body workout routine. However, athletes will have various needs that depend heavily on those of the sport in question. For example, a fighter will need core strength and upper body strength, for starters. However, even within the realm of combat sports, different martial arts styles and competitive rule sets will require further specialization. For example, the majority of a boxer’s needs will be in the upper body, but a kickboxer needs to have ample leg strength, as well. Flexibility is a less common requirement for combat sports, but it’s not unheard of in showier martial arts styles like capoeira or in professional wrestling.
Finding the right workout regime for your particular combat sport is only part of the battle. To become proficient in any skill, you’ll have to develop that skill. As such, you’ll have to get your hands dirty by getting into the ring for training purposes. Studying with a professional is an essential first step for learning a specific fight style, for instance, and knowledge is useless without praxis. Sparring against colleagues will be an appropriate preamble to stepping into the ring for the sake of proper competition, because it will give you necessary practical experience. Without prior experience in the ring, you’ll find your first professional match to be an immediate, and embarrassing loss. On that note, it’s also to recognize the importance of failure in the learning process. Whether your sparring partner happens to beat you more often than you like or you have a few too many losses under your belt in the public eye, it’s by trying and failing that your level of skill will increase.
Being a professional fighter is reserved for a select few specifically because it’s a difficult career path. Using these tips, you can give yourself a sturdy foundation upon which to build your ideal fighter’s body and skill set.
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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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