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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-07-2009, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by themmadoctor View Post
Not enough bang for the buck. Cardio in general is highly overrated in MMA. HIIT is by far the best training method for MMA fighters looking to improve their endurance.

Charles Poliquin, one of the leading strength coaches in the world, has shown over and over again that his athletes, which train using HIIT, outperforms distance runners in endurance-type measures.

Not only is his HIIT more efficient (15-30 minutes compared to 45-90 minutes), but it also less stressful on your body. Running "x" amount of miles per day is torture on your knees. Too much cortisol. Also, after about an hour of training, your body begins to start using amino acids (from your muscles) as fuel. Did I also mention that endurance training decreases your explosiveness?
Protip: Anaerobic cardio is still cardio.
Protip v2: There are other ways to train anaerobic cardio than HIIT.
Protip v3: HIIT can also be done with swimming. And biking. And anything else with a variable level of intensity.

Originally Posted by MMAMenslage View Post
Probally because it's not high impact. Whenever you take impact, your bones harden a little bit, which can be very useful to an MMA fighter.
Originally Posted by pauly_j View Post
It's decent for recovery but it's not really high enough impact to be worth while for mma.
High-impact is bad for your joints. Not bad enough that you need to really avoid it that much, but it's certainly not a good thing.

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I didn't mean high impact in the literal sense. I know most high impact exercise is bad for the joints. I meant high impact on muscles. It's not really an explosive exercise because the resistance of water is not up there with a heavy weight or a solid floor.

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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-09-2009, 07:16 PM
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You're exactly right. HIIT can be in multiple forms including swimming. I was assuming he was speaking about steady state cardio.

Swimming, in my opinion, is still not the most efficient training method. If you can't do HIIT on a treadmill or in the weight room, you probably shouldn't be training for MMA.
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