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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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.
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.
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.
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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