I have one of the websites featured trainers, coach to UFC 120 Fighter Claude Patrick and Strength and Conditioning Expert Eric Wong, who is going to show you 4 core exercises that any Mixed Martial Artist should include in their training. These exercises have made a huge difference in my clinch knees.
Eric is not just Claude Patrick’s trainer; he will be in his corner too. Check out the pic of Eric from Claude’s last UFC fight and win.
Lastly, I have included a message sent by Eric on blackberry this morning from UFC 120 in the UK. He calls for a Patrick win by choke.
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AMAZING ABDOMINAL EXERCISE FOR MMA FIGHTERS
3 MORE ‘CORE’ EXERCISES FOR MMA
I call these ‘Core’ exercises because they’re not just for the core, but they integrate the whole body, making them a challenge not only for the muscular system but also the nervous system.
Training the core is all about function – what you want to do and why.
One of the most important concepts to understand and train is your ability to activate your hip flexors (psoas/iliacus) while maintaining core stability.
This becomes especially important when you’re throwing knees or kicks.
If you’re like most people I work with, whenever you fire your hip flexors, your abs automatically crunch and your pelvis tilts under (posterior tilt).
This is NOT beneficial because you lose the ability to rotate through the hips when it’s not in neutral position, decreasing the amount of rotation you get when you throw a roundhouse or big knee, thus decreasing its power.
Also, doing this brings your face closer to your opponent, so you’re head is more in range of your opponents counter-attacks – not good unless you enjoy getting KTFO!
So the video below will show you a simple exercise progression you can use to train this extremely important quality to improve the power of your kicks by increasing the strength of your hip flexors and improving your ability to stabilize your core when your hip flexors fire.
Work your way up to 15 repetitions of each progression in PERFECT FORM before moving on to the next progression.
MESSAGE FROM ERIC
It’s almost time… Make sure you check
out my man Claude Patrick take on James
Wilks in a few hours…
Claude’s got this one on lock – I call
another slick choke!
Also watch out for Spencer ‘the King’
Fisher as he brought in the first UFC
fighter I trained – Jeff ‘The Inferno’
Joslin to be his main coach for this
Spencer hired Jeff and flew him down to
his home to train him for the 5 weeks
leading up to today.
Awesome dedication shown to go to such
lengths (and invest some serious dough)
to be at his best – so hopefully
Spencer’s fight gets aired (it’s on the
prelims) and he can show the world his