Many average Joes believe that mixed martial arts (MMA) training at the likes of American Top Team gyms is only for the hardy – or in many cases, for the foolhardy who believe that they can take it on with flying colors. While MMA training for beginners demand a physically fit and mentally sound mind – it’s a rigorous sport, after all – it’s an excellent training for men who want to build their stamina, strength and discipline.
And within a month, you should be able to see the results of your hard work!
#1 Fitter Body
The most common reason men get into MMA training without becoming an MMA fighter is the opportunity to achieve a fitter body and everything that comes with it. The workout and sparring sessions are guaranteed to put your muscles, bones and joints to their limits. The instructors, however, are trained such that their students have minimum risk of injury although bruises are common.
With a fitter body, you will be able to perform your everyday activities with more ease due to your increased muscular strength and cardiovascular stamina. You may not fight in the ring but in the ring of life, you can be a winner in your own right!
The six-pack abs, perhaps even the 8-pack abs, which comes with the intensive physical training is the icing on the cake. Of course, a strong core is crucial for athletic and daily activities.
#2 Better Skills
In your MMA classes, your instructor will provide intensive instruction about the basic techniques of mixed martial arts. After a 4-month period, your muscle memory from movement repetition will be better so much so that certain movements become nearly automatic. You will find that it will apply to your daily life, too, especially in terms of your versatile and agile movements.
#3 Better Mind and Body Awareness
MMA classes aren’t just about defense and offense combined with the intensive physical training. These are also about mind and body awareness, especially in using them in a more disciplined and focused manner.
You will be more aware about where your body is in space, an awareness that will translate to your daily life, perhaps even in your self-defense plans. You will also harness the power of your mind, as cliché as it may sound, because MMA training encourages its practitioners to develop mental toughness.
While it also doesn’t seem like it, MMA fighters learn respect for both the sports and their competitors – and you will also likely learn it, too. Outside of the gym, respect for yourself and for your fellow human beings is a must for enjoying a meaningful life.