ivey league mix martial arts boot camp
February 23, 2015

    You might get a laugh about this but it’s the truth. The other day I said what the heck and decided to jump into the women’s only fitness boot camp class.

    These are classes that focus on fitness rather then martial arts skills. These classes are very popular with our members especially the females.

    So like jumped into a class that was being taught by my wife Teresa. Long story made short; the workout was awesome! Well that and I learned I’m pretty out of shape hence darn near having a heart attack.

    I’ll tell you, and I’m not ashamed to admit it, these girls are in way better shape then me and overall it was a tough, challenging class.

    I was dog tired just 20 minutes into the class. Oh and afterword the girls took the time to poke fun at me…It’s fine I’d earned a little getting made fun of so I should be able to sit there and take it.

    Why you should care about getting into better shape

    So anyway, that got me thinking. I know so many students and fighters in mix martial arts that could be so much better if they just focused more time on getting into better shape.

    An improved level of fitness can only make you better. It’s not rocket science to note that getting into better shape will surely translate into greater success in the classes, on the streets or in the cage.

    That plus when you get yourself into shape you’ll feel that much better about yourself. You’ll be in a much better mood cause fitness training has that kind of built in effect.

    Working out has been proven time and time again to help reduce stress and improve brain function.

    I should also point out that the better your fitness becomes the harder you’ll be able to go in sparring because your techniques are gonna stay sharper for longer.

    I mean, there’s rhyme and reason as to why all pro level athletes in sports like football, baseball and basketball all use strength and conditioning trainers.

    Strength and conditioning training is pretty much the same as what we do in our fitness boot camp classes. You know, exercises, circuit training, cardio, that type of stuff.

    I know for me going to the gym and getting in that fitness training has been a huge part of my life since I was 16 years old. When I’d heard that this type of training could make me a better fighter I was sold.

    It didn’t take long for me to reap the rewards of sticking to a good strength and conditioning program. I starting winning more in the practice room and in tournaments.

    I was hooked. I bet you’ll be too. Keep in mind we do offer fitness classes throughout the week here at Ivy League.

    Some of the students here at IL getting an outdoor workout in during one of our boot camp classes
    Some of the students here at IL getting an outdoor workout in during one of our boot camp classes

    What type of workout is best?

    When it comes to working out and picking the right kind of training/fitness plan, the reality is there’s no such thing as a bad workout. Just doing something is better then nothing.

    Stuff like weight lifting, circuits, running, sprinting, biking and rope skipping all have a place within a good routine.

    I’d love to sit here and list out a good workout routine for those reading this blog but sadly I don’t have even close the time needed to make that happen.

    Just come to the freaking boot camp classes! You won’t need to think of a training plan or any of that, it’s gonna be all laid out for you in the class workout.

    If you can’t make the boot camp classes but would still like to start some kind of program then I recommend making an appointment with our resident fitness coach Mr. Dave Miller.

    Talk with Coach Dave. I’m pretty sure he’ll be able to steer you in the right direction.

    Okay my rant about getting in better shape is over…for now anyway.

    Youtube videos worth a look

    Be sure to check out the videos posted below. They showcase some great workouts that if nothing else will inspire you to get moving!

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