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Health Benefits of MMA

Health Benefits of MMA

MMA Fitness TrainingThe sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) has exploded in popularity over the past several years. An increase in television coverage has made the public more aware of this sport. MMA is relatively new, so there are few studies identifying the health effects of the sport. The studies that do exist identify both short-term benefits, and long-term consequences of participating in MMA.

Individuals who train for mixed martial arts experience a high intensity, total body cardiovascular workout. Trainers and others that have been around the sport have documented the health benefits of improved fitness. Those who participate in general have lower rates of obesity and related chronic illnesses. The US government recommends a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity a day, but a recent British study found that just seven minutes of high intensity exercise daily provides the same benefits. MMA participants train in short and high intensity bursts, similar to what the British study recommends.
Mixed martial arts includes many different fighting styles like karate, boxing, kick boxing, wrestling, vale tudo, muay, and Brazilian Ju jitsu. All these styles combine to provide a full body workout in a short period of time.

In MMA fighting, there is great emphasis on submitting an opponent. Submission techniques include chokes and joint locks, both of which can have catastrophic health effects. A choke submission applied for too long can deprive the brain of blood, causing permanent brain damage. A joint lock submission applied for too long can cause permanent muscle tearing or ligament damage. An attentive referee tries to prevent a fighter from applying a submission for too long, but even the best referee can make mistakes. There is no risk of being hurt by another person in MMA workout for exercise.

Health and Fighting experts will study the link between mixed martial arts and long-term health consequences for many years to come. The benefits to overall fitness are clear, and many of the most severe effects are avoidable by merely training for the sport and not actually fighting.

Kickboxing For Weight Loss

Kickboxing For Weight Loss

Kickboxers are slim, trim and muscular. Have you ever wondered why?

World renowned champion kickboxing coach Bill Packer notes that because of weight classes, kickboxers often have ideal body fat percentages and almost perfect BMI . But can ordinary people lose weight through kickboxing?

Kickboxing Activities

A regular kickboxing class includes, cardiovascular warm-ups, calisthenics, kick work, punch work, stance and movement drills, sparring in the ring and a cardiovascular cool-down that normally includes stretching and resistance training.

Kickboxing Styles

Normally, kickboxing classes exist for people who want self-defense training, so gyms and health clubs often include a cardio-kickboxing class on their group fitness schedule. Self-defense kickboxing classes often places less emphasis on physical conditioning, while cardio-kickboxing classes place more emphasis on the exercise aspect of kickboxing training.

Can Kickboxing Help You Lose Weight?

Yes it can. Kickboxing training can help you lose weight in two ways.

  1. First, kickboxing burns calories like any other exercise. Since weight loss is a matter of burning more calories than you take in, this will help you establish the calorie deficit you need in order to lose weight.
  2. Second, the resistance training aspect of calisthenics and kickboxing tools will build muscle. According to Harvard-based study, the more muscle a body has, the more calories it needs to perform every activity, even sleeping. As kickboxing training builds your muscle mass, it boosts your metabolism and even pushes your body to lose weight even faster.

How to enhance your kickboxing weight loss program?  Attending classes is good but maintaining on a regular basis is also important.  To make the most of you weight loss program with kickboxing make sure to train outside of the class. This training typically includes (1) weight lifting, (2) practicing techniques and (3) cardiovascular conditioning.   Although they may not be a part of your regular class, all three of these activities can help you shed weight.