How to Combine Mixed Martial Arts and Bodybuilding
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is very popular these days among men who are trying to get in shape while learning how to defend themselves. Many bodybuilders are discovering the sport and like the idea of getting in shape while learning how to fight better. Likewise, many MMA fighters are discovering the benefits of weight training to help in the ring.
It should be noted that you could never really become very advanced in both bodybuilding and MMA simultaneously. They require different energy expenditures and feeding/training protocols. But you can become a pretty good bodybuilder by using MMA as a cardiovascular technique to help you lose body fat while working toward your bodybuilding goals. You’ll look good and you’ll be able to handle yourself too.
You’ll want to select a target to be first, even if it’s just a “1” and “1A” type of array. Set your three days of bodybuilding on the calendar. Set your three days of martial arts on the calendar. Make them standalone events – Try to avoid adding weight training to MMA routines and fighting on your weight training days.
Eat like a bodybuilder, but include extra carbs BEFORE your MMA workouts and protein AFTER to account for the extra stresses you’re putting on your body. Remember to include plenty of clean, slow-burning carbs for recovery. Also a good casein protein mix at night will go a long way in healing your body.
If you’re training as a bodybuilder 3-4 days a week, and as a wrestler 3-4 days a week, your body is literally taking a beating. Your central nervous system (CNS) is likely working very hard to recover from the heavy pounding of weight training and the thoughtful and surprising nature of MMA fighting.
MMA and Bodybuilder are a unique marriage that is starting to become a popular hybrid in sports today. See if it’s right for you! Just remember to train moderately, eat right, and get plenty of rest.