I got to spend this weekend in Colorado with 6 of the world’s best strength coaches, specializing in training for combat sports. The knowledge and experience in that room was incredible!! These guys have written dozens of successful books and articles, plus coached champions in the UFC, Olympians, and some of the most famous fighters in the world. We got to talk about training and sports psychology, plus learn some new skills in hands-on training.
Over the next week or two, I’ll be sharing some of what I learned on my blog, so check it out!
Today, I want to touch on the theme of the weekend: LESS IS MORE. Whether we’re talking about fighting, or any other sport, strength and conditioning is just one piece of the puzzle. The main focus for any athlete has to be skills/sports specific practice. S&C work should complement those practices, not hinder them. If you’re so sore from lifting weights that you can’t perform in practice, you’re doing something wrong.
Modern, intelligent training should be carefully planned and organized to allow time for recovery. Then, during training sessions, injury prevention and rehab/prehab needs to be priority number one. If you’re not healthy, you can’t get any better!
In combat sports, that means lifting only about twice per week! A fighter expends tons of energy training to fight, so trying to squeeze in additional hours of S&C becomes counterproductive. Start listening to your body and learn when to back off. You’ll be better for it.
Remember as well that you shouldn’t feel exhausted after every training session! Some workouts are designed to train your nervous system, or to affect your body in some way that will not lead to that “smoked” feeling. Trust the process.