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Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning Discussion' started by BBMN, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. BBMN Pancakes?!

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    Do any top level fighters swim to work on their cardio? I've always thought that swimming would be a great low-impact way to train the heart and lungs. But I never hear about it.

    I guess I was thinking about this back when Rampage was coaching TUF and had his 250lb guys running for miles on end. I thought I heard it caused some damage to the knees of a few guys... (this true?) And just wondered, why not swim? Its a great aerobic activity. And with guys like Shogun having exceptional conditioning, but knee problems wouldn't it just be a given? Or do they already do this?
     
  2. paolo27th Black Belt

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    Good question. Swimming is definitely underrated. I personally haven`t met a fighter yet that swims as part of their conditioning. I myself would like to do it more often but what stops me are the pools` opening times.
     
  3. miaou barely keeping it together

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    Swimming is a great way to work on aerobic systems (and even anaerobic systems). It is practically zero-impact on the knees. The same however cannot be said for the shoulders; athletes with poor shoulder mobility and impingement syndromes would not find swimming that "low-impact".
     
  4. ncsibiryak Orange Belt

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    Marvin Hagler was supposed to have used swimming a lot in his training. I do not have a source, but I remember reading about it years ago.
     
  5. Gelocoster White Belt

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    i seen BJ penn swim while lifting a rock once..i think he was training..(he was diving)
     
  6. War Wagon Blue Belt

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    Jamie Varner swims. Rampage apparently did some swimming to prepare for the Rashad fight.
     
  7. ASEGSEA Guest

    Penn ran underwater with a rock in hand. I looked for the clip but couldn't find it. watch UFC Primetime 94 and it's in there somewhere.
    YouTube - UFC Primetime 1/14/09 (1of2)

    Joel Jaimeson (from EZA's thread above) recommends swimming for "Cardiac Output method" (pg 37).

    Highly recommend the book. This is only a sample of the goodness involved.
    Ultimate MMA Conditioning
     
  8. Start Blue Belt

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    Run is beter. People do it often so it is better.
     
  9. paolo27th Black Belt

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    Some awesome contribution right there.
     
  10. Start Blue Belt

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    Even beter here.
     
  11. ASEGSEA Guest

    I see a lot of people scoping for chicks in the gym. It must work their biceps by your logic.

    @OP, I imagine by your admiration for Shogun's conditioning you are referencing his endurance specifically? If that's the case, just do the exact opposite of what Akiyama does, whatever it is he does.
     
  12. legolas4112003 Yellow Belt

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    I like swimming on my easy days following by hot tub, sauna and steam room. It is fairly relaxing and my body can have time to recover.
     
  13. lakergirl52 Yellow Belt

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    On an episode of UFC All Access they showed Wandy's workout routine and part of it is done in a pool. He has to dive underwater and get weights from the bottom and bring the over the edge of the pool. I forgot why they have him do this, just remember him doing it.
     
  14. vdolltothemax White Belt

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    Nick Diaz is a good example. He's said he swims as part of his training,and his cardio is phenomenal
     
  15. wildman1717 Green Belt

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    I started swimming a couple of weeks ago and I use the freestyle. I can see improvements already in my cardio. The lap swims are early as hell where I go, if you're not there by 5:30am forget about getting a lane.
     
  16. scoopj ackson

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    I'm pretty sure Nick Diaz is a triathlete.
     
  17. vdolltothemax White Belt

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    Yup,he is.
     
  18. Indivdude Blue Belt

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    As people have said, it is a good way to do aerobic conditioning. Are you going to do it? I imagine this is the perfect time to do it too. Being summer and all.
     
  19. IronTurk Orange Belt

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    he actually competes in triathlons
     
  20. scoopj ackson

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    Yup, he does.
     

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