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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-26-2009, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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How Come Fighters Don't Utilize Much Swimming into Their Training?

How come I never hear about fighters incorporating much swimming into their cardio workouts. Its the perfect cardio exercise, aerobic or anaerobic. Its better than running out doors cause there's no pressure on your joints or anything.

I think its one of the toughest cardio exercises, I was on the swim team in high school and was busting my ass every day and got pretty ripped and my cardio was great. Your thoughts?

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Im sure some do, it just isn't as sport specific as say, sparring. Most of the guys I follow try do to some HIIT type stuff as well as sparring and MMA type workouts for cardio, the carryover is better

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Yea true but as far as like "strictly cardio" exercises like running....I mean why not swim it you know? HIIT in the pool can be MUCH more excruciating than running.

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I do swimming occasionally during the summer months. You can get a great anaerobic workout doing intervals switching off between swimming underwater and above. I also occasionally bring an extra pair of goggles or something that I can consistently dive for - you know, go down, grab them, swim back up, drop them, wait until they hit bottom, get them, ect. GREAT cardio. It's just way less convenient than running.

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It's decent for recovery but it's not really high enough impact to be worth while for mma.

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Liddell used pool workouts when recovering from his hamstring tear for the Rashad fight.

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Yea true but as far as like "strictly cardio" exercises like running....I mean why not swim it you know? HIIT in the pool can be MUCH more excruciating than running.
It may be better than running, but I think no modern fighter trains his cardio with running.

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I swim about once every other week, just to supplement the running and biking which are my primary cardio activities. It hits your muscles in different ways and is great for it's low impact. Great for meeting chicks too!

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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?
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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.
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