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Fitness – The Shoulder Load

Protect your shoulders to stay in the fight. Shoulder pain, whether it’s chronic or acute, is one of the most common injuries for mixed martial artists. During combat sports, the occurrence of shoulder injuries is increased due to impact…
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Supplement Scuttle

Keep your body performing and recovering at the highest level with these nutrition essentials. Proper nutrition and supplement intake is key to optimizing performance and recovery. The quicker you can recover, the higher productivity you…
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Sugar in the Tank

If you’re hitting the gym hard, make sure you strike the sugar balance. 1. Monosaccharides Also known as simple sugars, monosaccharides include glucose, fructose, and galactose. All carbohydrates consumed in the diet are broken down…
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Fitness – Strong to the Core

Strengthen your core for KO power. Strength and conditioning coach Brian Harris keeps his stable of fighters at American Top Team—including Brad Pickett, Mike Brown, and Will Brooks—in peak fighting shape by incorporating exercises that…
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Eat to Compete

Stay fueled and hydrated for maximum performance and recovery with a “meal plan of attack.” This meal plan is designed for two-a-day workouts (6 a.m. and 6 p.m.). Each meal/snack is well-balanced to boost energy, performance, and recovery,…
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Protein Power

Bars and shakes are great in a pinch, but there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to natural sources of quality protein. Protein aids in the building, repair, and maintenance of lean muscle tissue. Along with carbohydrates and fat,…
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MMA 101 – The BANG Muay Thai System

As the new striking coach for Team Alpha Male, former UFC fighter Duane “Bang” Ludwig has come out of the gate firing. Three of his Team Alpha Male fighters (Joseph Benavidez, Chad Mendes, and TJ Dillashaw) earned knockouts on the UFC on…
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Building Explosive Power

UFC batamweight Raphael Assunção shows readers two exercises that help him power through opponents. A powerful, explosive body is crucial in MMA. Throw a punch, defend a takedown, shoot a single, land a head kick—all these movements…
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12 Months in a Hot Room

UFC middleweight Dan Hardy uses yoga to take his training to an enlightened level. Just over a year ago, I began a steady and consistent practice of Bikram yoga. The 90-minute beginning class consists of 26 postures, each performed twice…
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