Training for combat sports like MMA, BJJ, judo, wrestling, kickboxing, and boxing requires a great breadth of attributes. Unlike a powerlifter or a marathon runner, focusing on strength or endurance alone won’t cut it. You need to develop it all.


During each phase of this year long MMA/BJJ conditioning program, we will cover each facet of the major attributes needed by combat athletes, including strength, flexibility, and endurance. The third cycle will focus on increasing strength and power. The final phase will be a month-long weight cutting program to help prepare for a fight or match.



Once the program is done, you will have achieved your foundational physical needs, which you can maintain while focusing on your skill from that point onward. You will also be able to prep for competition successfully, including getting down to the weight you need to be at.


If you want to learn more about this program, you can read the full explanation here.


Week 4, Day 3


Dynamic warm up


Bench press 7 x 5 with 7 rep max


Overhead squat x 10 with 20 rep max


Pushup into downward facing dog x 20


Kimura stretch x 20 each side


Americana stretch x 20 each side


Wall slides x 20


Half foam roller or tennis ball crunches x 10 in three different spots on upper spine


Foam roll - upper body x 10 to 20 minutes


Roadwork, treadmill or elliptical 30-45 minutes at 150 bpm