Even the Wall Street Journale is starting to post article about the exploding popularity of the world of mixed martial arts. Author Daniel Barbarisi posted a good MMA story about a MLB player using MMA training to get himself back into the game:
An Mixed Martial Arts training routine has a New York Yankee Poised for the comeback of his life! When Russell Martin’s fifth and hardest season of his professional baseball career he was looking for something to get his body and mind back into peak physical condition. So Martin turned to the exploding world of mixed martial arts.
“He reconnected with an old childhood friend who had spent years in Thailand learning Muay Thai and kickboxing. This friend recommended that Martin try MMA training not to get into the ring to beat up on his opponent but to help out is baseball skills.”
Martin remembered back to the training days when fellow teammate Rudy Seanez would breeze through all the drills and exercises. So, Martin asked Seanez who was a big powerful guy how he made it look so easy when everyone else was doubled over and breathing hard. Seanez said that he trained with some MMA guys and that they showed him some stuff.
“Soon, Mr. Martin was in the gym six days a week, undergoing the kind of training that Mr. St. Pierre and his fellow fighters were doing. In contrast to traditional baseball workouts, MMA training focuses on high-intensity interval training to build explosive power, the use of medicine balls and ropes to build core and rotational strength and anaerobic endurance.”
So, only time will tell if MMA training can get Martin back on the field in peak condition, but he is headed in the right direction. Mixed martial arts focuses purely on functional strength like the post, “MMA Workout for Power and Strength” points out.
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