Strength Basics

Getting stronger, fitter, and healthier by sticking to the basics. It's not rocket science, it's doing the simple stuff the right way. Strength-Basics updates every Monday, plus extra posts during the week.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Thoughts on UFC116 from Joel Jamieson

Joel Jamieson had some interesting thoughts on how condition won - and lost - fights at UFC 116.

UFC 116 Wrap Up

Being an MMA competitor myself, and training or training with others, I can vouch for the accuracy of his statements. Yes, the bigger guys generally gas a bit sooner. Carrying all that muscle and fueling it costs a lot of energy. The upside of it is real explosive strength, but the downside is the cost of powering it means you can't do it as often as a smaller guy could.

This really leads to searching for the optimal combination of strength and endurance for a given fighter, I feel. You can't have everything, but you don't have the luxury of concentrating on only one aspect - say, speed for a sprinter, endurance for a marathon runner, strength for a powerlifter or Olympic lifter. You need elements of all of these, but you can't have the best off all of them. It's an interesting dilemma. Although if you're a beginner, you're probably below your optimal levels of all of these . . . making it well worth improving any of them. But soon, you'll need to start deciding what's holding you back the most.

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