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The start of something great...and incredibly violent! Testing, injuries and MMA fighters

There are two firsts occuring here. One, I have never written a blog before, so forgive me if I make any rookie mistakes. Two, I have never worked with MMA fighters, until now.

I recently started working with London Shootfighters MMA Team, based in West London, England. My role is to provide rehab support and strength & conditioning support for the team of professional fighters based out of the gym. I had no idea what I was getting into, having limited combat sports experience before working with boxers and judo players, never a mixed martial artist. I will try and keep this blog updated with interesting experiences that I come across and also discuss the training and rehab that I am involved with. I'd love feedback from anyone out there who is interested enough to read and if anybody does get in touch then I'll try my best to get back to you.

So I'm going to start the ball rolling by discussing the testing that we've undertaken to try and establish a quantifiable and easily recognisable assessment of fitness levels of our pro fighters.

I have tried to combine tests for power, aerobic endurance, baseline strength, local muscular endurance and body composition. I've also where possible tried to keep a component of MMA specificity involved (duration of test, muscle action, etc.) and also tried to utilise tests where there is some form of previously recorded data available out there.

So we get our fighters to perform the following tests over the course of a 3 week period:

2km Row as fast as possible, using a concept 2 ergo at setting 4.

3km Treadmill Run as fast as possible, incline 1.5.

5 minute Versa Climber max distance.

3 minute Step Up test.

1RM Bench Press.

100kg Bench Press max reps.

10 Sets Press Up test.

1RM Clean.

1RM Deadlift.

Vertical Jump Test.

I recognise that these tests are not exhaustive and would value any input, but I would point out that there are certain limitations we have for the testing such as testing space available to us. Also time limits hold us back a wee bit as well.

As I get more data collected from our pros I'll start to post some of the more impressive performances for you.

Until next time folks.


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