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Train like an MMA Warrior!


Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has taken center stage – bar none. From its almost barbaric humble beginnings to now consistently surpassing boxing (pay per views) MMA is here to stay. Fighters like B.J. Penn, Brock Lesnar, Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre have helped elevate MMA into the next stratosphere.

Even if you do not want to become a fighter training like one  does have its benefits. Most fighters (except some of the heavyweights) look like carvings of warriors depicted in ancient Roman times. They spend many hours training to perfect their fighting art and their bodies typically reflect that.

Over the next few weeks’s we will bring you some articles on how you can piggy back some of these modern day warriors’ workouts. Here is a sample workout – remember this is a circuit style routine so keep moving and only break when you absolutely need to!

If your goal is to put on loads of mass this is not the routine for you – however if you would like to get shredded while also gain muscle you are in the right place.

Do 5 circuits – resting 2 to 3 minutes between sets.

Pushups – to failure
Squats – to failure with 125 pounds
Pull-ups – to failure
Box Jumps – 50 reps

After completing this routine your body will need protein to begin rebuilding the tissue you just destroyed – this is probably the single most important meal of the day!


  • will avery 5 years ago

    How can you possibly prescribe a certain weight for squats when you have no concept of the person's strenghth level? Should you not take into consideration each person's level of fitness,absolute strength, strength endurance, speed/strength ratios and a ton of other factors? What about power production and time under tension factors? This is an irresponsible assumption on your part I believe.

  • Terry 5 years ago

    Will - thanks for your comments. However the goal of this workout (as noted in article) is not to build mass. The use of 125 lbs is a standard for you to measure your progress over time. Many reputable magazines and websites actually recommend using 150 lbs for the squat portion of these types of workouts. If you are not strong enough to squat 125lbs once obviously you will have to use less in order to get some reps in.

  • RC 5 years ago

    I like Terry's advice. It's 125 pounds, reps to failure. The end result is the same. This is a good endurance workout. I'll definately be giving it a shot.