If you want the shredded physique of a fighter, you’re going to have to train like one.
Thankfully this doesn’t involve getting punched in the face. (Ryan – not unless you want to…) You just have to tap in to the exact same exercises these guys use to get fighting fit.
The problem is, most fighters have a staff of trainers to coach them through every aspect of their game. Most of what you read about actual fight conditioning is crap, and it’s extremely difficult to separate the shit from the Shinola.
So how do you know the stuff we’re presenting here is authentic? Because we turned to our go-to coach when it comes to training like an MMA athlete. You already know and love his previous Bodyweight Coach guest appearances on back pain fixes — they got some of the best reader responses of anything we’ve published. But did you also know he trains pro-MMA fighters for a living? Not some amateur chump way down in the minors, but guys who compete in UFC?
That’s right, we’re talking about our buddy Eric Wong. We caught up with him a few months ago in Key West, Florida, and Adam begged him for a guest post while Ryan stood nonchalantly gazing out to sea.
Okay, that’s not true at all. Eric was happy to come back on the blog and share this stuff with all of you, and when we brought up the idea he jumped at it.
So let’s get right to the training tips…
We’ll start with what is probably the most sought after aspect of physique by both guys and gals. That’s right. We’re talking about shredded abs. A washboard. A six pack. Hell, with this exercise maybe even a twelve pack!
Here’s Eric on how to get killer abs MMA-style:
Jeez, doesn’t he make it look easy?!?
Here are the performance cues you should focus on when doing the Hand Walkout:
- start in pushup position with neutral spine, shoulders pulled down away from your ears, glutes tight, and belly button pulled in slightly
- exhale and contract your abs as you walk your hands forward — go as far as you can while maintaining a neutral spine — if you find yourself losing alignment or sagging as you walk the hands out, back off
- hold the extended position for 10 seconds
- walk your hands back in to pushup position
- if the full version is too difficult you can perform the same exercise from your knees — the same rules of alignment apply
So there you have it. A very challenging movement that will seriously improve your core stability while giving you those ripped MMA abs.
Please join us in thanking Eric for the tips.
And as always, if you have questions, post ‘em to the comments and we’ll ask Eric to stop by.