How important is weightlifting for competitive MMA fighting?
I just started training at a mixed martial arts gym, and I'm looking to eventually fight competitively. I was wondering how important you guys think weightlifting is for fighting in MMA matches? Or do you consider the training itself sufficient?
Strength training is very important, but should take a backseat to skills training. Strength training doesn't just have to be weightlifting, polymetrics (sp?) body weight exercises, crossfit are also good ST etc
how important is weightlifting to fighting you ask? I'd say it's about as important as learning how to skate if you want to play in the NHL.
Stick with technique. Then, when you get good, ask your coach.
edit: kracker that's retarded
weight lifting is important...but you need to do the right kind of lifting. Hit up the Health and Fitness forum for advice on that.
To be competitve at a high level in ANY sport, strength training is essential. That said, it's important to do the right kind of strength training. Body building programs will not help you in MMA.
Thanks guys, I'll definitely ask my Kru, but thought I'd get some feedback from you guys first.
Your a bunch of fucking retards if you said weightlifting isn't important. For those of you who said that its important, but wait until your skill develops and ask your coach (Kwoww) your also retarded.
Weightlifting is one of the most important and overlooked aspects of MMA training among AM fighters, semi pros and average guys who train but don't compete. Yes I know some fighters still dont like to weight lift, but that doesnt make them right. All evidence reports that it is essential for any sport.
Look up Rhadi Ferguson. First you need to build your max (or limit) strength. Thats powerlifting type strength. Whats the most you can bench, squat, deadlift and row? Then once you have that area at a level you think is ok, you can move onto speed strength (like olympic lifting). After that you can raise muscle endurance and then regular cardio (sprinting and so forth). The basic idea in a nut shell is that each strength needs other one in order to be maximized. Think of it like a power meter, you have one for max, speed, muscle endurance and cardio strength. each preceeding meter raises the bar off the others. So you increase your max strength, which allows you to increase speed strength and so on.
Seriously, name one sport where TOP athletes dont weight lift. Football, basketball, Wrestling, track runners and more.
You dont gas from being muscular, and it doesnt make you inflexible. You gas because you forgot to train muscular endurance and forgot to stretch.
"Weightlifting" is not that important. Weight Lifting is. Weightlifting is Olympic style lifting. Weightl lifting is the general term that includes anything really such as weightlifting, powerlifting, bodybuilding etc.
Its importance depends heavily on how you use it. Like the guy above me said, if you do weights body-builder style, its definitely not going to help you in the way you want.
What you want to look at is Crossfit stuff, Gym Jones, Powerlifting , etc...
A good place to start looking would be http://www.rosstraining.com/articles.html
Good articles there gives you an idea of the kind of stuff you need to do.
Another good site.
Basically what you want to do for the majority of your exercises is to train your body as a strong single unit. Not a group of individually strong parts. Compound exercises are your friend.
Aside from that you want to build up the ability to churn out the most strength in the least amount of time possible and then be able to sustain that effort for a period of time.