Mixed martial arts fighters are among the toughest athletes out there - the sport works every muscle, and then some. To be successful, you need a lot of toughness, brute strength, and the techniques to outfight your opponent. But you also need exceptional speed- fights are won or lost in an instant - and the endurance to keep it up for an entire match.
So here are seven simple drills that don't require any fancy equipment, just a partner, some weights, a jump rope and a flight of stairs. They may seem easy, but don't be fooled, each requires serious effort and dedication. But if you put in the time, you'll soon be the fastest fighter in the ring, ready to roll through the final bell.
1. Sprinting Stairs
Running stairs is terrific for conditioning - why do you think that scene from Rocky is so famous? But because MMA is so physically demanding, you won't be running up stairs - you'll be sprinting up them.
Time yourself, so you can keep track of your improvement. When you're feeling confident, try wearing a weight vest, or carrying hand held weights- there's no better way to work on being quick and explosive.
2. Body Surfing