Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Weightlifting Martial Arts

Serious weight training is something you need to be doing if you're serious about martial arts. No serious MMA fighter or martial artist skips weight training. It is absolutely essential to building the strength that helps you throw strong punches and kicks as well as to building strong tendons and ligaments to prevent injury.

    Why do people skip weights? Common arguments are that "muscle slows you down",  This quickly makes no sense when you remember that muscle is what moves your body in the first place. What do these people think - that with less muscle they will somehow be faster? Another argument is "fear of injury". This argument actually has some basis to it, but as with any activity, the risk of injury can be reduced with proper training, proper information, and possibly a good trainer. Another argument is "I hate gym culture". Once again, a valid argument, but open to personal opinion.

                                "But I don't want to go to a gym/I can't afford a gym!!!!"

                        Assuming you are dead-set against lifting weights or going to a gym, there is no excuse as to why you shouldn't be somehow trying to replace that training. What does this mean? You should regularily be doing pushups, pullups, situps, and other bodyweight exercises. You should be increasing the difficulty of these exercises over time in order to compensate for lack of weights. Obvious benefits from this, outside of martial arts, include a healthier lifestyle and burning excess calories.