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Old 11-02-2009, 06:37 PM   #21 (permalink)
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It all depends on time. If you want to build enough muscle in your arms, chest, core legs and back for a fight in three months, weight train. If youre talking about building significant amounts of fighting muscle over the long term repition and stances work just fine.

I have a friend who's learning Freestyle Mantis Form kung fu and his sei-fu has never once done a benchpress in his 40 odd years. He holds stances and punches and kicks over and over and the complexity of motion in kung fu helps build muscle since you have to use them in awkward positions many times.

But if you want lots of effective flashy muscle right now. Weight lifting is your only option. But the muscle won't be nearly as powerful and dense as if it came over the long term.
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Old 11-02-2009, 09:35 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I would like some flashy muscle.
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Old 11-05-2009, 07:26 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:04 AM   #24 (permalink)
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it really depends on the individual and wether weight training will improve his/her performance...sounds like common sense but allow me to expand...i personally fell weight training doesnt improve my striking power, but i have to train my legs once a week to avoid knee injuries...that being said, i think that anybody serious about competing in mma should comit to 1 full body weight training session a week
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Old 01-26-2010, 11:28 AM   #25 (permalink)
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wow this thread has still been going whist I have been away.

I believe a happy medium is good.
I weight train around 2x a week. Heavy lifts. Under 6 reps no more. I keep mainly core lifts but with the addition of curls and tri pulldowns.
But I do alot of bw excersises too. Mainly chins, dips and pressups.
And then once a week boxing circuit training.
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:21 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Yes weights are important. whether it be weights in a weight room, or bodyweight training.

Strength training is the starting foundation for all athletic performance.
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Old 02-01-2010, 07:01 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Some type of training, other than your mma/boxing/w.e class , is in my opinion really needed. With MMA being a sport very reliant on your strength and power, id suggest you either hit up a gym every other day. If you cant get to a gym or get a hold of some weights, no biggie. Cardio, and Body Weight exercises are great.
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Not a must. For example Fedor Emelianenko hasn't trained with weights for years, if at all during his MMA career.

I'd recommend it but definitely not a necessity.
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Old 02-07-2010, 01:12 PM   #29 (permalink)
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uhh yes he does train with weights. he trains with kettlebells, light dumbbells, and lots of body weight
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:39 AM   #30 (permalink)
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uhh yes he does train with weights. he trains with kettlebells, light dumbbells, and lots of body weight
That's hardly 'weight training'. I havent seen him using light dumbbells, but kettlebells are not really that heavy.
In fact, the man himself says that weights are not necessary for MMA. He lifted while he was in the army and got very strong and he said that they were not necessary after that.
Body weight is not weight training in my opinion, as i'm sure it is in many others.
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