The boxing ring is quickly being replaced by the octagon in terms of popularity. While boxing still requires intense training, many are now diversifying their skills by implementing mixed martial arts into their disciplines of study.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has many tuning in on pay per view and other networks. This past weekend fighters did more than duke it out on FOX hitting the major network with this now mainstream sport.
MSNBC is also acknowledging the popularity of the sport saying, “Mixed martial arts (MMA), also known as ultimate fighting, is one of the world’s fastest-growing combat sports.” This hard-hitting, no-joke sport with phenomenal physiques is also making its way to training centers and gyms.
Many fighters are taking their sport and training style to a gym and martial arts studio near you. Cage fighting is all the current rage in terms of athletic conditioning.
According to MSNBC.com, “Bouts are fought in an octagon-shaped ring called a cage, and fighters use moves and techniques from various fighting disciplines, including karate, Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and boxing. It’s quick, it’s brutal and it’s incredibly popular.”
Those who want to try this intense training workout style do not have to worry about combating with other participants. Typically punching bags or fitness dummies are used for the classes.
The workouts mimic the training style of these MMA ultimate athletes, without all the blood but inclusive of all the empowerment, glory and of course results.
Developed by Matt Hughes, Cage Fitness workouts can also be done in the privacy of your own home. The home workout system was also designed by Hughes, the nine-time world welterweight champion.
He describes his (MMA) style workouts on CageFitness.com, stating, “The key elements that Cage Fitness focuses on are endurance, strength, power and core. This is accomplished through our five round fitness system. The rounds are broken up into the following categories: Warm Up, Upper Body, Lower Body, Combo Round, Cool Down/Core.”
As featured on MSNBC.com, former Biggest Loser contestant Dan Evans can attest to his results from Cage Fitness. He lost nearly 100 pounds after being sent home from the show using this intense training style.
Cage Fitness is for us ladies, too! Vanessa Yanez, a 40-year-old California mother of two, also featured on MSNBC.com, touts her 40 pound weight loss results.
But weight loss is not the only benefit for women, when training in mixed martial arts. According to Maryland Mixed Martial Arts, the self-defense component can be empowering. “Learning how to defend yourself can make an enormous difference in how women carry themselves throughout their lives.”
“Get Back to Fighting Weight with Cage Fitness – MSNBC.com) Today’s Health – MSNBC. Web. 31 Jan. 2011.
“What is Cage Fitness – CageFitness.com.” Cage Fitness. Web. 31 Jan. 2011.
“MMA For Women – MarylandMixedMartialArts.com.” Maryland Mixed Martial Arts. Web. 31 Jan. 2011.
Edited by Jody Smith