Just finished sipping on my cup of coffee and have to admit to the world I broke the rules and drank it black… Not adding butter will quickly lead to the world completely destroying your life through social media. So hack this concept – FIGHTERS training there asses off with high intense, high anaerobic, high aerobic, high volume, WORKOUTS in addition with their fight training. Sounds like a recipe for producing a tough, possibly lean and ripped, fighter who is performing at a non optimal level and frankly they have no clue. Thankfully my guys understand this and trust in the process that when they come into the gym for “S&C” its about 3 things
1- Always leaving feeling better than when you came in – maybe its just you feel looser, or a sense of endorphin rush. That is a hell of a lot better than feeling like your going to throw up and shaky as you walk.
2- Practice Makes Permanent | Perfect Practice Makes Perfect – Always strive to get better in your movement/exercise. The goal is to continue to practice with the mindset of increasing the quality of practice each time.
3- Move Your Body With ZEN – Even after heavy deadlifts and chin ups its always great for fighters to finish up with playful light movement. This is where rocking, crawling, hanging, tumbling, rolling, corrective exercises, or even laying in a still state and slowing down your breathe and mind come in handy. Now do them!
When fighter buy into this approach they really become vocal about just how good they feel, how they don’t suffer as much pain or chronic tightness, how they don’t feel lack of energy or rundown, and how they feel stronger all around in life.
Well, what about conditioning? Leave that for the fight training. Be specific to your event and specific in nature to the demands your body will face…AKA SPARRING. Besides, I believe in swinging kettlebells and carrying heavy ass weights as part of strength training. Needless to say this combination will have you in shape regardless.
Been a little over 3 years now that I have known Rafael and his constant work to improve his craft has never slowed down. The consistency of his performances at the highest stage is legendary. Since 2007 he has made the podium at the World Championships every year. These performances and many great moments have been achieved while he was still building monsters to follow in his footsteps. Next is MMA, and as with all things Lovato – becoming the best he can be is what he will strive to showcase.
Happy Birthday to a great professor, warrior, and friend. May the future keep bringing you success!
This weekend out in Cali my Lovato Jr. BJJ Family is going to work. Click here to check out this awesome interview Rafael did with White Belt BJJ. Getting to know and train Rafael, Justin Rader, James Puopolo, Jared Dopp, Xande Ribeiro, and more has been an entertaining honor I can’t describe.