Emulate Georges St-Pierre’s Ring Training with the Powertec Functional Trainer – Part 1
by Ian Lauer CSCS
There are many sports out there. Perhaps you play one, two, or more competitively? Often we hear trash talk where someone says something along the lines of “such and such sport is for candy @$$#*73$” while their favorite sport is regarded as a “REAL SPORT”. You will typically here this battle of words between Soccer Players and Football Athletes, but of course it extends into other disciplines such as Basketball, Tennis, Skiing, Golf, Bowling, Curling etc. Though each of these sports has their own challenge, no one from any sporting activity can argue with the conditioning and challenge of Mixed Martial Arts.
Having trained personally in the Martial Arts for years, I can attest to the conditioning and strength necessary for Kumite (fighting/sparring). An hour on the elliptical or an hour working the chest is great, but it does not fully prepare you for the type of workout you get in MMA. The bouts of full explosion in interval fashion while being at 100% alert for any action by your opponent can be truly exhausting. In order to combat your exhaustion as well as your opponent you must be powerful, well conditioned, and confident in your abilities.
Being powerful will make your techniques more effective when used on your opponent. Do you see the correlation between being Powerful and the Result in the ring? A knock-out punch or a Triangle Lock must be applied with knock-out power. With Power your techniques deliver the desired result. Along the same lines, you must be well conditioned. If you have great conditioning you will be able to strike at any moment in the match. Just as your opponent is getting fatigued you can deliver a Powerful strike with knock-out power. When two fighters are evenly matched the better conditioned fighter will win, period. As a matter of fact even a slightly less skilled fighter can take the fight if they are in much better condition. What does this mean? SKILL is a function of CONDITIONING. In other words, if you only posses as much fighting skill as your conditioning allows in any given moment in a match. Is it obvious how necessary Conditioning is for MMA? Finally you must be confident in your abilities. A sense of confidence in your Power and Conditioning allows you to “relax” as much as possible. This does not mean you aren’t paying attention. Instead you are fully aware of the fight at hand but not exerting unnecessary energies on unproductive movements. This conserves additional energies and allows you to react or initiate your desired techniques with more speed. As you can imagine, striking with more speed while conserving energy will enhance your prowess in the Octagon dramatically.
A great example of a Mixed Martial Artist that has mastered these principles is George St. Pierre. GSP is one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world today, no question about it! I had the great pleasure of working on his latest workout DVD series and can tell you his demeanor is that of a true Martial Artist. What’s more is that he is the epitome of the aforementioned ideals. He is unquestionably powerful, has an extreme level of conditioning beyond that of the vast majority of anyone who would dare challenge him in the octagon and he is confident in his abilities allowing him to perform at his optimal levels.
So how do you take one of the greatest fighters in the world and help them get even better? Of course continued technical training is imperative, but continuing to improving power output and conditioning is also of the utmost importance. Improving power output and conditioning can be accomplished through a variety of training styles. The way that makes the most sense is ADAPTIVE RESISTANCE TRAINING. Many would refer to this as Functional Training. But the term I have coined, Adaptive Resistance Training (ART), is more representative of what really happens when you modify strength training for functional application. There is a science behind the movement while the creation of the exercise to improve it is “ART”. For ART training you need to work against Resistance. Though free weights and other training options are available, many are limited in what you can do with them. If you are using free weights for example, are always fighting gravity in the only direction gravity affects us (downward/towards the earth). This limits the possibilities of your training style dramatically. How do you get past this limitation?
To get past this limitation you can work with a piece of equipment such as the Powertec Functional Trainer. The Functional Trainer allows you to Push, Pull, Swing etc in ANY direction while harnessing the power of gravity by way of utilizing a plate loaded weight load with adjustable pulley system! The Functional Trainer allows you to perform virtually an infinite number of exercises. This means the only limit to the number of exercises you can perform on the Powertec Functional Trainer is your imagination in the application of ART (Adaptive Resistance Training).
With a Functional Trainer and a keen sense of exercise creation you will take your MMA game to a level beyond anywhere you have been before. Your power and ease of movement in the cage with be elevated as your conditioning and confidence soars. Sounds great huh? Well let’s not forget that YOU HAVE TO PUT IN THE WORK! No machine will do that for you. If you don’t have the desire and drive to put in the work you will not succeed in training and consequently will not succeed in the battle. Do you have what it takes? Are you driven? Do you have a never ending desire to be the best? Are you committed to doing all that it takes to be a champion? If you have answered yes to the previous four questions, then a Powertec Functional Trainer can help you reach your full potential and help you succeed in the octagon. Now is YOUR time! Step up to the Powertec Functional Trainer and get your ART on!