There is a major difference between body building and real fighting. A body builder might look awesome and has more power but, in a fight, he can last only for a short duration. A fighter trains very differently, knows muscles cost oxygen and are a hindrance.
Stretching might not be glamorous but every martial artist, boxer and kick boxer knows the importance of having a flexible body. It helps you get out of those difficult spots; squirm out of difficult positions and also helps you make those weird angles to attack your opponents. If a fighter is doing it right it will show in his or her body visually. His frame will become lankier and, the routines will transform from being warm to defensive, and finally get incorporated in their offensive strategy. For this, fighters incorporate disciplines like yoga and movement exercises.
You know why fighters run? So, that they never have to in a real fight. Sooner or later every battle turns into a war of attrition. It comes down to who has got more fuel in the gas tank and which one of them can last longer. The best fighters in the world train their hearts and bodies to outlast their opponents. And, for that, you need fully functional lungs to oxygenate the body and a powerful ticker to oxygenate your blood stream is a must. It also exercises their hamstrings, glutes, and calves. Sprinting helps in making a fighter more versatile and adds tools like footwork, power in their kicks and punching power to a fighters arsenal.
One thing about the hurt sport is that you get hit and you get hit hard. Liver punches, gut shots and kicks almost asways land with ferocity. Often these can drop a fighter to his knees. Which is why these warriors strengthen their core muscles until they are rock solid. After all, they don’t want to lose their lunch by a well-placed strike. They also need these muscles to grapple and clinch. The stronger your core the stronger you are. To strengthen these muscles they usually start with crunches, proceed to planks and evolve to leg ups with rings or adding kettle bells to their normal routine.
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