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The boot camp workouts made popular in the early millennium have given way to the next level in themed total-body training programs based on Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competitions.


What is it?: These programs, which have grown in profile because of the popularity of Ultimate Fighting competitions, are ground in the various styles of martial arts such as Muay Thai, jiujitsu, wrestling and tae kwon do. Participants engage in full-contact movements with a sparring partner using kicks, strikes, throws and wrestling techniques to get their partner to submit.


Benefits: Rarely will you find a training style that encompasses such a diverse amount of movement. Classes often include various fighting techniques coupled with traditional training methods like push-ups, squats and core work. These classes are usually structured to train an athlete to withstand the physical demands of a competitive fight that has several three to five-minute rounds. This means you’ll be training at or near your maximum intensity multiple times during your session.


The large variation in training also adds to the desired muscle confusion response we all look for in the ideal workout. It helps keep you stimulating muscle growth effectively while preventing the types of repetitive use injuries we see in standard training practices.


Things to watch out for: As with any intense training protocol, you need to know your limits. Jumping into one of the classes without giving your body the appropriate time to adjust is just asking for serious injury. You also want to watch out for those classes where the instructor’s only goal is to take you out. True martial arts training is very layered and is completely focused on technique. It requires skill to perform those moves, so you’ll want to find a class that teaches to a high level of detail in a safe and effective way.


Originally posted and shared from: http://bit.ly/1gJna3T, by Devin Wicks