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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-22-2012, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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What muscles do MMA fighters/Boxers work or build?

What muscles do i need to build? I know there are benefits and non-benefits. for example : building triceps helps boxers absorb body shots better and helps roll while slipping to reduce the impact of the punch. another example: building abs/core helps absorb body shots. last example: building calves helps you balance (done by manny pacquiao, the one legged cross punch). The disadvantages is that when you build muscles, you gas out quicker because you have to carry the weight on your body. Sure you look sexy, but we're fighters not bodybuilders. Also, bodybuilding makes you less flexible which is very bad for performing jiu-jitsu/wrestling I also heard building biceps and forearm muscles are bad for boxers because it messes up boxers punches, not sure if it's true though. Well can anyone help me which muscles i should tone/build? I'm a boxer and going to learn BJJ soon
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-22-2012, 05:22 AM
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your back is really important, not only is it used to pull your arms back after a punch faster but its also key to grappling.

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The ass.
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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-22-2012, 06:55 PM
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you should probably ask your trainer, not random people on the internets
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The toes, do a lot of toe presses.

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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-26-2012, 10:55 AM
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The strengthening program that professional MMA fighters go through, requires them to work out using every single muscle of their body and not just a few.
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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-26-2012, 11:09 AM
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In the end, an mma fighter works out every single muscle in his or her body. All exercises that fighters do are compound with the possible exception to forearm exercises.

If you're asking what muscles are typically worked out most heavily then I'd have to say the back, shoulder, core, and leg muscles.

Least important muscles in an mma fighters body: the pectorals
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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-26-2012, 11:29 AM
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Core core and more core. I am a firm beliver that core strength is more important than anything. Core strength will helb you move and control others better than anything. I have seen guys with huge arms and stuff get man handled in trapping matches against much smaller guys that had a lot of core strength.

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MMAnWeed and Americanfighter pretty much put what I was going to. All of the ones MMAnWeed listed but extra emphasis on the core.

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