Workout Tips you can use from the UFC

[ 0 ] January 4, 2011 |

It’s a new year, and time to get your fitness in gear. What better place to get training tips from than your favorite UFC athletes?

Whether you’re looking to get into heavyweight, welterweight or lightweight shape, we’re giving you tips from the pro’s themselves. Below are diet and training tips based on Brock Lesnar’s, Josh Koscheck’s and Gray Maynard’s routines.

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Get Big like Brock Lesnar

Heavyweight fighters such as Brock Lesnar follow rigorous training and diet routines. To increase strength, build muscle and improve his overall performance, Lesnar incorporates creatine formulas and protein supplements into his diet. To get as big as Lesnar you’ll have to consume a high amount of calories on a daily basis. But, don’t get too excited – those calories don’t include junk food.

You’ll need to plan out your meals and make sure you’re eating high amounts of protein and carbs to stay big and replenish after a workout. To be big, you have to train big. Along with the massive amounts of food and water consumed each day, you’ll also follow an intense training schedule. Learn more about Brock Lesnar’s workout routine here.

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Get Toned like Koscheck

Whether you like him or not, you can’t deny that Josh Koscheck’s in great shape.

Weighing in at 5 feet 10 inches and 170 lbs, Koscheck fights in the UFC welterweight division. In an interview with Men’s Fitness magazine, Koscheck explains that he uses circuit training to get into fighting shape. “Do as many reps of the first move as you can in 25 seconds, then take five seconds to rest and go to the next exercise. Repeat this until you’ve done all the moves in the circuit. It should take about five minutes — the length of an MMA fight round,” Koscheck explains.

Koscheck also explains that you’ll need to rest as needed in between circuits, but shorten rest periods as you get better. The workout is intense so you’ll only need to do it one to two times a week. On off-days, do a heavy-weight workout. You can follow photos of Koscheck’s training circuit here.

But, after that loss against GSP, I’m sure he’s stepping up his training. Hopefully he’s incorporated blocking that eye into his routine.

Get Lean like Gray Maynard

If you’re looking to slim down and get lean you’ll need to cut out all the bad stuff from your diet. As Maynard writes on his My Training Diet blog, before a fight “I cut out all dairy from the get go, and I also cut out coffee. Typically in the morning I take my supplements, which consist mainly of vitamins and minerals.”

Maynard chooses lean meats such as chicken or fish. He bakes everything with extra virgin olive oil with salt-free seasonings. He keeps carbs to a minimum and fills his plate with mostly veggies. As Maynard says, “The more natural the better.”

Along with a strict diet, Maynard also follows an intense workout regimen. Look below for a peek into one of Gray’s training sessions:

Who’s your favorite UFC fighter? Do you have any UFC worthy training or diet tips you’d like to share? Leave a comment below!


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