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Week 1 MMA fighter training: I didn’t puke, but I wanted to

Week 1 MMA fighter training: I didn’t puke, but I wanted to

Read about my first week of training to be a legitimate MMA fighter. 

After my first week in the Alta training program, I’m surprised I have enough energy to even write this!

For those of you tuning in for the first time, I have committed to training five days a week, 1.5 hours a day for 20 weeks with an amateur MMA fight being the ultimate end goal. The program (previously called Wimp 2 Warrior) was designed by Conor McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, and calling it intense might be an understatement.

In just 1 week I have already been pushed well past what I thought were my limits. The professional fighter coaches (Juancamilo Ronderos and Justin Jaynes) cheer us through some of the most intense training I’ve ever done.

I, along with about 20 other students, are basically in a hyper-fast 20-week fight camp. We learn everything from stand up to grappling, to endurance and strength building.

One of the hardest (and most rewarding) days for me was day 4 which Jaynes described as a day built to “try to make us want to quit” but the thing is … even though we totally wanted to, we didn’t. There were quite a few moments I was sure I couldn’t push myself any farther, but I did. There were times I was sure I would puke all over my bare feet … but I didn’t.

Training your mind might be harder than training your body.

The camp has been hard because it’s meant to be hard, but also due to the fact that I am working on a torn ACL, an overweight body, and a brain that isn’t so confident.

I’m looking forward to changing all of that.

On top of the daily training I am adjusting my diet to eat like a fighter (I even threw my popcorn in the trash).

Week two starts again today (no, we aren’t taking the day off to grill burgers). The training will amp up and soon we’ll be putting on gloves and punching each other in the face.

Watch for my weekly updates coming every Monday.

Published at Mon, 30 May 2022 13:27:21 +0000

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