As a strength and conditioning coach I notice the emphasis that many of my colleagues in the fitness biz like putting on strength and I enjoy doing much the same, however I’m also a big proponent in emphasizing the significance of conditioning as well…or more specifically what I refer to as athletic conditioning. Today’s post is about examining how the jump rope is way underrated in many strength and conditioning programs and why you should be utilizing this tool for your own conditioning time. What do you think?
That’s right, Chuck Norris kicks so hard that he even blows Justin Bieber’s head off his shoulders. Don’t panic Bieber fever is alive and well, but only because Chuck Norris allows it.! We all know Chuck can kick harder than anyone on the planet…well almost anyone! Keep reading if you want to enhance your MMA kicking ability up to the Chuck Norris standard!
The art of athletic performance revolves around training your body to achieve certain traits. For instance, in the sport of MMA if you are wanting to master the art of throwing a punch then you’ve got to work on mastering the strength, speed, and power of the rest of your body. You can’t throw a punch solely using the strength of your arm, therefore you have to train your body to master certain traits that will give you both fast hands, stable shoulders, and the ability of your body to be fluid during the act of throwing the punch.
It is no secret that in order to compete in the world of MMA you’ve got to have mad cardiovascular conditioning. This physical trait is absolutely essential being that many fights are won based on which guy can hang on, grit his teeth, and go longer and harder than the other. This is why you’ve got to have your entire program structured to achieve a sound level of cardio whether you are specifically working on “conditioning” or specifically “strength.” The key is that you should be achieving a sound level of cardio no matter which aspect of your training you are focusing on at the time! Whether you are a competing MMA fighter or not this should be the focus of your training.
I just recently engaged in a fairly sick little cardio workout experiment to put my competing MMA fighters through. The premise of the workout certainly falls in line with my strength and conditioning philosophy and hinges on yet another use with the kettlebell. If you are interested in jacking up your heart rate while transforming your body into a chiseled rock of admiration then give this little training session a try.