Think mixed martial arts (MMA) is a "guy" form of fitness? Wrong, says MMA champion Bas Rutten, who explained in a recent exclusive interview just why he believes it's ideal for helping women enhance their minds and bodies, as well as offering tips on what to eat before and after your workout. (Click here for information about Bas and his Bas Rutten MMA System Workout.)
"Mixed martial arts is an amazing way to get and stay in shape," says Bas, describing MMA as the only sport "that uses every muscle in your body." And for women hesitant to try it, he urges them to try it and discover "how great MMA really is. If you don't try, you don’t know!" Considering a class? Bring a friend, Bas recommends, and focus on technique rather than comparing yourself to others. No class in your area or prefer working out at home? Then try:
"Once you focus on the technique, you stop feeling self-conscious, or tired, because it takes all your energy and focus to complete the routine. It's much like running in the forest when you have to watch where you put your feet," Bas explains. In addition, get the most from your workout by eating right before and after. Bas recommends these diet tips:
- Eat at least two hours before your workout. Choose a light meal such as a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread with lots of veggies. "For my entire career I ate the same breakfast. His "winning combination for breakfast: "Six slices of whole wheat bread with peanut butter and marmalade." Bas feels that the orange peel contained in marmalade avoids the build-up of lactic acid. (My tip: Read the ingredient list to make sure that it contains real orange peel, such as Tiptree Tawny Thick cut Marmalade.)
- Drink lots of water.
- After you work out, eat healthy carbs and protein. For weight loss, cut down on the carbs and eat more protein, adds Bas. (My tip: Get help with low-carb diets by clicking here for "Living Low Carb: Controlled-Carbohydrate Eating for Long-Term Weight Loss."