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How can Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) contribute to physical strength?

When new members join our Academy, we always ask them what they are expecting from training, what were their reasons to join the club. Most of our adults members often mention their desire to work on their body strength.

In this post we will tell how Mixed Martial Arts can contribute to physical and mental strength:

  1. Muscular Strength: MMA training in Exeter Self-Defence Academy involves a combination of striking (such as boxing and kickboxing) and grappling (such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling). These activities require significant muscular engagement, leading to gains in strength, particularly in the upper body, core, and lower body muscles.

  2. Functional Strength: MMA techniques that we teach often mimic real-life movements, such as punching, kicking, and grappling, which can improve overall functional strength. This type of strength is beneficial for daily activities and can enhance overall athleticism.

  3. Cardiovascular Endurance: MMA training typically involves high-intensity interval training (HIIT). We are currently offering prolonged sparring sessions (after main training), which can greatly improve cardiovascular endurance. Increased endurance allows fighters to maintain strength and power throughout longer fights or training sessions.

  4. Mental Toughness: MMA requires mental strength and resilience. Training and competing in MMA can help individuals develop mental toughness, discipline, and focus, which are crucial for overcoming challenges both inside and outside the gym.

  5. Core Stability: Many MMA techniques, such as throwing, grappling, and maintaining balance during striking, require a strong and stable core. Training in MMA helps develop core strength, which is essential for overall stability and injury prevention.

  6. Flexibility and Mobility: Training in our club often incorporates stretching and mobility exercises to improve flexibility and range of motion. Enhanced flexibility can help prevent injuries and improve overall performance.

  7. Self-Confidence: As our students progress in their MMA training and become proficient in various techniques, they often experience increased self-confidence and self-esteem, which can positively impact other areas of their lives.

Practicing MMA for decades, we can definitely say that this sport can lead to physical and mental strength gains, along with improved overall fitness and well-being. However, it's essential to train safely and under the guidance of experienced instructors to minimize the risk of injury and maximize the benefits of training. Exeter Self-Defence Academy's instructors Lewis and Sophie will make sure that you are getting the most of your training in a safe and friendly environment.

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