Joel Jamieson's MMA Articles

February 2013 // Fighting Fit
Live to Fight Another Day

Follow these six guidelines to keep training injuries at bay. Over the past year, the UFC has faced an increasing number of cancelled fights due to injury. For the first time in its history, injuries forced the UFC to cancel an entire show (UFC 151), and the problem doesn’t seem to be getting any better. [...]

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November 2012 // Fighting Fit
Conditioning Myths: Busted

When you see a fighter gas it’s usually not because he’s out of shape. Sometimes there’s more going on than meets the eye. We’ve seen it before, and it’s an awful thing to watch. It’s the middle of a fight, everything’s going well, and before you know it, a fighter “gasses out.” Sometimes he’s saved [...]

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September 2012 // Fighting Fit
Full Blast

Get the cardio edge you need with a heart rate monitor, and never waste your workout again. Regardless of whether you’re a professional fighter, an up-and-coming amateur, or you just train for fun, undoubtedly, you want to gain as much as possible from your hard efforts. Nobody wants to go to the gym every day [...]

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July 2012 // Fighting Fit
The Right Pace

How to get the most out of your conditioning once you step into the cage. Any time a fighter ends up gassed out and face down on the canvas, the simple reaction is to point the finger at a lack of conditioning as the cause. Everyone from forum warriors to fight commentators often leap to [...]

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March 2012 // Fighting Fit
Combat Strength

Follow these guidelines to blast through your plateaus and find your best performance yet. The topic of strength in sports has become a hotly debated topic in recent years. Some coaches believe that you can never be strong enough, while others believe strength is largely overrated. For those that train in combat sports, they know [...]

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January 2012 // Fighting Fit
The Stress Of Training

How heart rate variability may revamp the training methods for professional and amateur athletes alike. Over the last several years, technology has invaded nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Our cell phones give us access to high speed internet anywhere at anytime, our cars use GPS and talk to us to give us turn-by-turn [...]

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December 2011 // Fighting Fit

Three ways to boost your conditioning this winter. Getting in great shape might not be easy, but there’s more to conditioning than simply training as hard as you can. After all, if it were simply a matter of a little hard work, professional fighters would never gas out. The following three tips will help you [...]

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November 2011 // Features
Into Thin Air

The Ups and Downs of Altitude Training. The value of the physiological effects of living and training at high altitudes has been studied as far back as the mid-1960s, but only in the last few years has it become a popular topic in the realm of combat sports. Several top fighters have been seen on [...]

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September 2011 // Fighting Fit
The High Low Mix Up

For optimum results, mix up your game by combining the best of both training zones. Given the often brutal and unforgiving nature of MMA, it’s not surprising that those who plan to step into the cage rarely lack the motivation that it takes to train hard. Undoubtedly, very few athletes in any sport train as [...]

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May 2011 // Fighting Fit
A Mighty Winded

What do you really know about gassing out? Anyone who has watched combat sports for any length of time has undoubtedly witnessed a fighter gas out in the middle of a fight. Sometimes, the fighter is saved by the bell or able to defend himself just enough to continue. However, many times, gassing out leaves [...]

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