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Green Bay Packers Clay Matthews Trains with MMA Coach

Despite making the Pro Bowl in his rookie season, Clay Matthews isn't satisfied. Watch the Packers linebacker train with MMA coach.

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Comment by Jeff Diritto on August 26, 2011 at 10:59am
This sort of training is great for football players, it teaches them to take weight room strength and apply it in a dynamic situation similiar to shedding off players to make a tackle..
Comment by Joe Marino on February 1, 2011 at 12:04pm
It's a good addition to his regular training, but using it as a substitution is by no means ideal. The striking is great, MMA conditioning is unbelievable but it's when you get down on the ground to start grappling is when the possibility of injury goes up, knees, hips, shoulder, etc. Lets face it, training as we know it is changing. Research, studies, conclusions are all being thrown out the window!
Comment by Chris J. Bullock on January 28, 2011 at 8:35pm

I think it's important to consider it is sometimes possible to succeed in spite of how we trained rather than because of how we trained.

Comment by Eugene Kwarteng on January 27, 2011 at 2:51pm
Nice work.... I believe that the MMA training is a great functional tool to use. We should nt abandon fundamentals but it s good to mix it up ....
Comment by Eric Martin on January 26, 2011 at 5:01pm
It is sometimes hard to argue training methodologies when the results are a super bowl bound NFL player. Did this type of training help get him there, only he really knows.
Comment by Kevin Carr on January 25, 2011 at 10:52pm
I think all the punching and kicking poses more risk than any real reward. Sure they breathe heavy and sweat a lot but that is no measure of its value. Sure, he's probably strong enough to back squat a lot but I don't think that it has much carry over either after he's built a strength base. He's in the NFL, the goal should be to keep him on the field, have him do single leg work, basic strength training, no extereme overloading, prehab and football specific conditioning.
Comment by ted rendinell on January 25, 2011 at 10:06pm

It's variation. We've all been taught variation is a good thing. It all depends on the athletes strengths and weaknesses. If he can back squat 650, will getting to 670 be better than this type of training? Probably not. The key is getting to 650-ish first though. Icing on the cake if you will.


I don't see why this training can't be used as an "extra workouts"/ Westside philosophy. How much time do you have and where are you as an athlete? That's the question.

Comment by Kevin Carr on January 25, 2011 at 8:13pm
Funny how NFL guys like Clay Matthews are wasting time training in the ring while MMA guys are doing their strength and conditioning in the gym.
Comment by Mark A. Reinke on January 25, 2011 at 3:36pm

The thing with a guy like Clay is that he has a tremendous foundation of athleticism; size, speed, strength, power, etc.  What this type of training brings is a both another aspect of general physical preparedness, mobility, balance and body control that no "weight" workout can match.  


It should be noted that in order to get to the size, power and absolute strength level of Clay, the foundation is probably only earned through the very same 400lb back squats that he mentions in the clip.  


I don't think that the clip alludes to an intention to replace all other types of training for the NFL athlete with MMA style.

Comment by Tom Siano on January 25, 2011 at 3:09pm

OUTSTANDING : As a Black Belt. I have incorperated martial arts training at CAT for most of the 30 years I've been training athletes. Ive have allways said that martial arts training is still the most functional way to train most athletes.

This is not only training harder but really smarter.The MMA typy of training should be included for most contact sports. AWSOME

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