1) Gives you an intense workout

Working out in the gym and lifting weights is child’s play when it comes to burning calories compared to MMA training. You can burn up to 150 calories per hour of weightlifting, or about 400 calories per hour of running.

MMA training offers an intense combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercises that burn up to 1,000 calories per hour spent on the mat. Advanced MMA students often spend up to two hours during each training session, burning nearly 2,000 calories.

This will make reaching your weight and fat loss goals much easier. The average person needs about 2,000 calories a day, and a calorie deficit is necessary to burn fat and lose weight. If you’re burning 1,000-2,000 calories in the gym, it’s much easier to commit to a calorie deficit each day.

Even students who aren’t interested in losing weight or burning fat are often shocked at how MMA training changes their bodies, even if they haven’t made any changes to their diet. Eating right will make it easier to reach your fitness goals.

2) More fun than working out in the gym

Working out in the gym is beneficial. This offers more benefits if your training goal is to build muscle, and is a more effective way to improve your overall strength. It just doesn’t make you burn as many calories as learning MMA.Traditional gym workouts get boring over time. You may end up doing the same exercises over and over until you lose all motivation to exercise.

Things are completely different when you join MMA classes. Boredom is never a factor because no two classes are ever the same. The techniques, warm-ups and exercises performed in each class are unique and you never know what to expect with each workout. If anything, you’ll be more likely to look forward to your next workout.

An exercise routine is only effective if you stick with it for a while. MMA training gives you a fun hobby that only gives you many physical benefits. You may enter the gym with your fitness goals in mind, but eventually becoming a mixed martial artist becomes your new goal.

3) Gives you a great full body workout

MMA training has different fighting styles like Muay Thai, wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which gives you a full body workout. MMA training targets your core in a way that few other activities can replicate. The body becomes stronger and firmer and is a functional strength type. MMA teaches you to perform at a high level even when fatigue creeps up in your body.

These aren’t the only physical benefits you get from MMA training. It also improves flexibility, coordination, balance, endurance, reflexes and cardiovascular health. Improved conditioning from MMA training will help you get more out of your gym workouts.

4) Better confidence

MMA is the closest thing to real fighting when it comes to martial arts. Untrained people often seem to think that the ability to fight is already innate, but those who have trained know better. Sure, some people may have physical abilities that give them an advantage over others in combat, but there’s more to it than fighting.

Anyone can be an incredible fighter. It’s about practice, not innate. The best street fighters in the world would lose to professional MMA fighters.As a beginner, you will probably lose most of the fighting battles and your form may be weak in throwing technique. Over time, your form will sharpen and you can start to get the best of your sparring partners.

Eventually, you’ll find yourself applying the techniques you’ve seen professionals use in world-class MMA organizations like ONE Championship against opposing opponents, and you’ll find yourself becoming a force to be reckoned with. The improvements you make on the mat will make you feel better, and knowing you can defend yourself effectively when needed will boost your confidence. You might even decide to try the local amateur MMA circuit at some point.

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