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MMA Body: Metabolic Conditioning Routine (Men's Fitness)


MMA Body: Metabolic Conditioning Routine

This total body workout will test your strength and stamina while taking your conditioning to a whole new level.

MMA Body

Face it: if you want to be lean and ripped then you’ll need to work hard. Reaching new heights in any aspect of life usually doesn’t happen in your comfort zone. You see, most people train in their comfort zone, which leads to a plateau and sometimes giving up onfitness all together.

We can’t promise you that it will be easy, but if you’re consistent, progress will follow. It’s time to train smart! If you’re currently in your comfort zone or want to take your results to the next level then you need to try some different forms of metabolic training.

The Hurricane is the main form of metabolic training used in theTraining for Warriors system and was developed over 12 years ago to train some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts. A Hurricaneworkout is short and challenging, but worth it when you are stronger, more explosive and at a lower body fat as a result.

Every Tuesday and Thursday is a metabolic day in our system. Try incorporating the Hurricane into your routine twice a week to start training smart. There are five different categories—1-5 with a level 5 being the hardest. Start with this category 3 Hurricane. Just be prepared to get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Target Muscles: Full Body

Workout Level: Intermediate to advanced

Frequency: Perform the Hurricane Workout one to two times a week, resting at least a day between each session. Spend at least two to three weeks on each category before moving on to the next.

Time Needed: 30 Minutes

How To Do It: After warming up, perform the exercises in each round in numerical order. Perform 3 sets of each round before moving onto the next round. Complete in the shortest amount of time possible (with good form) and keep track of it for your records.


Medicine Ball Push-up

Category 3 Hurricane

Perform the following rounds for 3 sets each:

Round 1

1a. Treadmill at 9 mph and 10% grade for 30 seconds

1b. Inverted Row × 10

1c. Diamond Push-up × 10

Round 2

2a. Treadmill at 10 mph and 10% grade for 30 seconds

2b. Barbell Bent-Over Row × 10

2c. Barbell Shoulder Press × 10

Round 3

3a. Treadmill at 11 mph and 10% grade for 30 seconds

3b. Upright Row x 10

3c. Bicep Curl x 10

For even more information on the topic, check out the bible of metabolic training, Warrior Cardio, by the creator of the Training for Warriors system Martin Rooney. With over 400 pages, it outlines the science of Metabolic Training, includes hundreds of exercises and a 12-week workout/diet program to get you in the best shape of your life.

Read at Men’s Fitness

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