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Q&A : How to train for MMA

We receive several comments and questions on our nutrition blog regarding working out. Every once in a while we receive a comment that we simply can’t answer. Thankfully, we know somebody who can – one of our Skinny Gene Partners!

For this question, we enlisted the help of our MMA expert,  Clabe Gains.  He is the owner and trainer at OC Boxing and Fitness. With several prize fighters under his belt, we thought he’d be the perfect person to weigh in and give some guidance to our younger, future fighter.


Hi. I just signed up for the newsletter. I’m 21 years old and I’m looking into getting into MMA. My younger brother started and said that the training was killing him. I am in far worse shape than him, so I know that I won’t be able to take the training. I’ve talked to him to seee what kind of workouts and everything he has done to get in shape. After trying it, I’m not seeing the results and I’ve done exactlly what he suggested. I don’t know what I could do to get myself up to the level that I need to in order to start getting into the actual MMA training.

Answer by:  Clabe Gains, OC Boxing and Fitness

Getting into shape for MMA can be an uphill battle, but if this is your goal, you can do it.  For starters you may need to do some interval workouts on your own, such as sets of push ups, squats, pull ups, and sit ups in combination with running 4-5 days a week.  Looking for a MMA, boxing and kickboxing gym is the perfect next step.  Jumping into a strength and conditioning class can help you increase your endurance which is important when doing MMA training.  Classes such as these also begin to teach the fundamentals of this exciting sport.  Push yourself daily, increasing your times, intensity, and speed to help move up to the next level of training.


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