Getting into MMA can often be a very daunting task, so to make it easier for you we have compiled a list the six ultimate training tips for beginner in MMA. By following these tips you will be sure to become a better fighter in no time, just make sure you actually follow the tips – instead of reading them once and never thinking about them again.
We also recommend you come back and read these tips often in order to ensure you’re on the right track to becoming a better fighter. If you fail to follow any of these tips you’ll surely be left behind when it comes to the world of MMA.
Now, we’re not trying to imply that everyone reading this guide is trying to become a professional fighter, but even if you’re not we still recommend you follow this guide. Not only will these tips help you to become a better fighter, but they will also aid you in terms of health as well. While becoming a better fighter is nice, it won’t help much if you’re constantly sick or injured.
Take things slow
You’ll often hear that it takes a ton of hard work to become a professional fighter, and while this is true, many newcomers will go far too hard in the beginning and wear themselves out. Instead, we recommend taking things slow at first and slowly ramping up the amount of work you put in over time. This will allow your body to slowly adapt to the increase in physical activity, instead of just crashing and causing you to lose interest in the sport MMA.
Find a training partner
While finding a training partner may not be the most important goal when just starting out as a fighter, you will need to eventually find one or else you will get left behind the competition. A good training partner is essential to every fighter, and anyone who ignores this tip will be sure to never make it as professional.
The reason why a training partner is so important is because they push you to a level that you can’t yourself. They also give you someone to constantly spar with, which is necessary in order to improve your skills. While throwing punches at the air front of you can be helpful at times, it’s not enough to prepare you for when you find yourself in an actual fight.
Clean up your diet
Many fighters may be able to put in the hard work while in the octagon, but once they leave everything else that is related to becoming a better fighter becomes completely ignored. The most important thing being their diet.
Being a fighter you’ll need to eat a lot more than the average person, as you expend a lot more energy throughout the day. However, we don’t recommend you refuel your body with something such as fast food, but instead we recommend you eat healthy proteins, carbs and fats so your body can heal itself appropriately.
By improving your diet you’ll quickly notice an increase in muscle mass and energy, both of which will greatly help you as a fighter. Eating lots of vegetables and drinking plenty of water will go a long way to ensuring your health is as optimal was possible as well.
Learn proper technique
A lot of MMA fighters nowadays are starting off training in the privacy of their own home, and while this really isn’t a bad thing, it can lead to a few problems later down the way. One of the biggest problems training at home causes is that it limits your ability to learn the appropriate technique when it comes to fighting.
Sure, you can watch videos online and get a decent idea of what to do. But compared to going to an actual MMA gym, this type of training will leave you severely handicapped when you enter the ring.
Instead, you would be much better off to find a proper place to train such as your local MMA gym. If you can’t afford it then at least be sure to record yourself on video while training so can compare it to the style of other professional fighters.
Mimic the professionals
By recording yourself on video you can easily compare your fighting style to that of other professionals. Even if you do train at your local MMA gym, you can still use this technique of recording yourself to improve your fighting skills.
This also allow you to incorporate tactics from other fighters into your own, greatly increasing your range of skill. Just make sure to mimic tactics and fighting styles that benefit your own style of fighting.
Get enough sleep
The final tip of our guide may be the most simple, but it’s still extremely important to follow if you want to be the best fighter you can be. The final tip being that you need to make sure you get the appropriate amount of sleep each night in order for your body to properly recover for the next day.
Too many people begin their career as a fighter and go all out training as hard as they can each and every day. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it can be if your body and immune system can’t keep up due to an inadequate amount of sleep.
So train like a beast, eat like a beast and sleep like a beast – and you will become a beast in no time.