An MMA Workout, without Fear of Fighting

Posted: October 26, 2010 in Local MMA, Marketing, PR

Many athletes struggle with what to do when they approach the tail end of their career.  Some fighters just can’t stop fighting (Liddell, Coleman) others try too hard to keep themselves in the spotlight (Shamrock(s)), and others become coaches/trainers.

I tend to lean toward the last option.  It allows you to help mold future fighters, keep your name relevant and in the spotlight – without you taking a beating or looking like you can’t “let go.”  Pat Miletich, although the first UFC welterweight champion, is known to some more for his coaching than his fighting.  At one point Miletich Fighting Systems had every title but LHW walk through its doors.

A former MFS product himself, UFC hall of famer Matt Hughes seems to have a learned a thing or two from his former trainer and mentor.  Many of you may be aware that Hughes has created his own gym and training facility “The H.I.T Squad” (Hughes Intensive Training) in Illinois.  What you may not know, is he has also created and franchised his own MMA-specific workout program. Think CrossFit for MMA.
The program is simply named “Cage Fitness.”  Here is the overview from the site.

“Cage fitness is a complete fitness system that is based on the structure of a championship mixed martial arts bout. What this means is that Cage Fitness will give you a total body workout over 5 – 5 minute rounds. The key elements that Cage Fitness focuses on are endurance, strength, power, and core. This is accomplished through our 5 round fitness system. The rounds are broken up into the following categories: Warm Up, Upper Body, Lower Body, Combo Round, Cool Down/Core.

The best part about Cage Fitness is that it is designed to cater to people at all levels of fitness. An individual can customize their workout by adjusting their intensity level to best suit their personal Mixed Martial Arts fitness goals. Each 5 minute round incorporates both aerobic and anaerobic exercises that will help maximize not only burning fat but also gaining muscle. This system of training allows the participant to burn more calories while increasing ones metabolism.”

What I like:
•    This is a GREAT example of how a fighter can market his skills and reputation
•    This is another great way for fans to touch the MMA world
•    Is controlled with instructors, so there is little chance of someone hurting themselves by over training (or trying too much).
•    This showcases this is sport that demands fitness and skills – not just animal instinct

What I don’t like:
•    In the wrong hands someone may think this is martial arts training.  Now, the collateral is clear that this is not self-defense, nor it is MMA.  However, we all know that there are some people that just don’t listen/read the instructions.  In the wrong hands, someone could hurt themselves or others.

What do you think –If you could get a good MMA work out in without getting hit in the face, would you try it out?

To learn more or find a gym offering this in your area, check out:

  1. […] Hughes has his own work out program “Cage Fitness.” […]

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