by Matt Wiggins – MMAWeekly.com
Well, the Lesnar/Couture fight has come and gone, and given
the outcome of the fight, I think it should be somewhat safe to bring it up
again. I knew the Lesnar hate was
going to come out in droves (especially on the Internet), but goodness
gracious… I didn’t think it’d be as bad as it was. But, I think enough time has passed that I can bring it back
up without too many people flying into tirades…
Certain fighters are known for their workout programs. Sean Sherk, Bas Rutten, Ken and Frank
Shamrock, Georges St. Pierre, and even Matt Hughes are all known for coming
into fights in shape, and for having workout programs (whatever they may be) that
get them that way. Randy Couture
and Brock Lesnar are no different.
Leading up to and even after the fight, I got several emails
about Brock and Randy’s workouts.
Randy is known for his circuit/complex training (I’ve even written an
article discussing it here a while back), and Brock’s "caveman"
training up at API in Minnesota (the same gym that Sean Sherk, Nick Thompson,
and Kaitlin Young train at) has been well documented on TV (UFC’s "All
Access" TV show) and the Internet.
Most of the emails I’ve gotten were fairly similar in
nature. They usually go something
"Hi. My name is ‘Joe MMAist,’
and I train. I just saw/read/heard about Randy’s workout.
Should I be doing it?"
The answer I always give them is… I have no idea.
Just because Randy or Brock do a
given workout, doesn’t mean that you should, too. Now, this isn’t to say that these workouts aren’t great
workouts or that you can’t get tremendous gain from them – because you
can. What it is to say, however,
is that they may or may not be optimal for you in your current situation.
You have to use workout programs that will help you get
stronger, faster, in better shape, etc.
Read that again – "You have to use workout programs that will help
YOU get stronger, faster, in better shape, etc."
They key word there is "YOU."
You’re not in the same boat as Randy Couture or Brock
Lesnar. Since you’re not, you
shouldn’t be doing their workout programs. What they’re doing is what they need to do to become better
fighters. You need to do what YOU
need to become a better fighter.
Now, this isn’t to say that you can take some of what Brock,
Randy, or anybody else is doing and figure out a way to integrate into your own
programs. Seeing what somebody
else is having success with and trying to take cues from that to further yourself is smart programming. Replicating what somebody else is doing and hoping to have
the same results is, well… wishful thinking.
Doing Randy or Brock’s workout won’t turn you into Randy or
Brock, nor will it make you the same (kind of) fighter. It’s easy to fall into a trap of
thinking this is the case, but it’s just not.
Look at it this way – if you were to climb behind the wheel
of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s #88 Chevy, would you become
as good of a driver as he is?
No. If you sat down behind
Bill Gates’ PC, would that turn you into a computer whiz? No. If you picked up Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Fender Stratocaster, woud you be one of the world’s best guitarists? No.
I know these all sound like extreme examples, but the idea
is the same. If none of those
things will turn you into who has had awesome success with them, then the same
goes with replicating your favorite fighter’s workout.
Again, that doesn’t mean you can’t use some of what they do
for inspiration, or figure out a way to tweak what they do for your own
personal needs. Just don’t think
you can mimic it and get the same results.
Train Hard, Rest Hard,
Matt "Wiggy" Wiggins is a strength coach and author living
in Cameron, N.C. Having trained and designed Workout Plans for 16+ years, Wiggy is a strength moderator at mma.tv,
columnist for MMAWeekly.com, and an avid fan of Mixed Martial Arts Training. His site, Working
Class Fitness.com, is dedicated to designing low-tech, high-result Workout Programs.
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