I don’t know if I am the only one, but I absolutely-totally-understandably HATE when I hear the following words.

I love you, I’m just not in love with you.

Those words make my blood boil.  But I have to admit, when it comes to my workouts- that about covers my current relationship with exercise.  I love the idea of working out and I love the memory of past workouts, but when it comes to present workouts there is little joy top be had.  And I don’t mean to imply any sense of ease when I use the word joy.  some of my best workouts have been stomach curdling and involved severe nausea and lactic acid burning in my muscles that rivaled a four alarm fire for intensity.  And as a former fireman whose been face-to-face with extreme heat and crackling flames I can speak from experience.  My lack of passion led to a bit of mild depression about the future of my workouts- which as of late have been little more than a roughly choreographed bore fests.

That was until I happened across the Men’s Fitness Magazine website as I was doing research for another post (set to drop later this week).  On the front page there was a link to an article on an MMA fighter’s workout.  A few clicks later I was enthralled by this fast paced, intense, hard pounding exercise routine.

Ever tried anything like this?

Well neither have I.  But I can tell you, I sure want to.  Not only do I want to, something inside of me HAS to try this.  So stay tuned over the next few weeks as I juggle up my routine, bring in some cement blocks to an interesting use, and compensate for my inability to purchase expensive equipment with handy homemade (although mostly likely quite ugly) contraptions.

The other major addition will be a new take on cardio.  I will break cardio into two sessions- an A.M. and a P.M. twenty minutes each.  Both will be interval sessions.  Most often both will be jog/run sessions, while other session will mix in jump rope and anything else I can think of.  Stay tuned to see if I make it through these major changes.  I should have pictures up soon of whatever I am able to put together.  It won’t be pretty, but it will hopefully work.

  1. Teresa says:

    We do burpees in Kung Fu class…but we dont use weights. Different configurations of push-ups (diamond, knuckle, finger-tip, tip-up…etc)…and the explosive power element is lower-body-and-core rather than upper body (double jump front kick – basically jumping up and kicking out with both legs, snapping your body into a side-ways “V”, and then landing back on your feet).

    In MMA, you get more advantage from upper-body strength than traditional Martial Arts.

  2. “In MMA, you get more advantage from upper-body strength than traditional Martial Arts.”

    I would imagine so since locks and submissions are much more effective in MMA than kicks and such.

  3. Teresa says:


    Exactly. In fact, I have noticed a distinct aversion to traditional kicks in MMA and a preferance for knee techniques…the result of leg traps and throws, sweeps, etc.

    ‘ course, traditional sport Karate leaves people with longer careers…

  4. Mikaella says:

    Excellent blog. The videos have provided you an edge over your competitor sites.

  5. Blake says:

    Check out this other MMA Workout Routine http://www.squidoo.com/mmawr

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