Why is it that personal trainers stay in shape into old age, but ex-fighters don't?

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  1. ThaiFighter_83

    ThaiFighter_83 Yellow Belt

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    Have you ever been to a health club in the middle of the day, and noticed the personal trainers and people who work there at that time? You see a lot of them who are in their 40's and 50's, and they are still in incredible shape.

    And then when you go to these boxing gyms or martial arts studios, the teachers/coaches who used to be actual fighters are all fat and out of shape. The only exercise they get anymoe is holding pads or whatever.

    Why is that? Is it because the ex-fighter's bodies are so beaten up from years of fighting in their youth, and they can't workout anymore? Is it because they got burnt out from having to lose so much weight for weigh-ins all the time? Is it because they can't get that adreniline from fighting anymore, so any exercise that's less intense is just boring to them now?

    Here's another thought: I notice that almost ALL of the contempory fighters that I know (that currently compete) drink beer, smoke, eat junk food. They just rely on the workouts and their fast ****bolisms to get them in fighting shape. When they are older and don't fight anymore, they're going to look like all those teachers and coaches who are fat and out of shape now.

    Why do so many fighters smoke and drink, though? Are other professional athletes from other sports like that? What is it about fighting that makes stuff like that so acceptable? I for one eat really healthy and don't smoke or drink, because I know it will ruin my performance in the gym the next day.
     
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    stu3ufc** Yoshihiro Akiyama

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    First of all, you must not know any fighters personally, cuz I don't know of a one that smokes.

    Second of all, MMA and any sort of full contact sport is terrible on your body.

    Checking Thai kicks screws up your legs, punching screws up your shoulders, and the constant abuse of running screws up your knees.

    I could keep going but I'm not.

    Lifting weights for FITNESS is not bad for you. It's actually good for you, and that's why my body feels normal again because I quit MMA training a little while ago.

    I'll never train MMA regularly again.

    I'll do individual classes, but I'll never roll or spar several days a week again.
     
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    I know a couple.

    The rest of what you were saying sounds about right.

    Full time training just wrecks ya.
     
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    EnjoyKane Banned Banned

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    Hmmm I see lots of younger personal trainers that are out of shape. I think that is a shame....and boggles my mind.
     
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    Lets see personal trainers need to stay in shape to get more people to come to their sessions. Fighters get people to come to their session based on their record. It doesn't matter how fat or in shape a fighter is as long as he knows how to fight.

    In other words you can be fat and successful at fighting, see Mark Hunt etc.. Doesn't work for personal trainers.

    On top of that they're selling different products. One is getting you in shape and the other is getting you ready to fight. Completely different things.
     
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    I don't know a single pro that smokes.
     
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    RJ Powell** Banned Banned

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    dude, i can tell your thread isn't genuine, and you already know the answer to it.


    drop the agenda and ask us what you really think. dont act. And stop throwing out wild conclusions to bait us into discussion, we are not fish.

    playing dumb only gets you so far.
     
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    Although I do question the motives of the original poster. This is sort of an interesting topic. Fighters aren't the only athletes that get fat later in life. Happens across all pro sports.

    Transitioning from being a competitive athlete who 'trains' to an average joe who 'works out' takes some adjustment. Everyone handles it differently.

    I do hope a dietician responds about cutting weight and possible diabetes or ****bolism impact later in life. That is a topic I am actively researching, but it is outside of my general knowledge.
     
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    yeah, sounded like an infomerical pitch, all it's missing is a retarded 'ex-fighter' in black and white trying to throw punches and then huffing and puffing, then have a big red X covering the screen
     
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    if we talk about weed...the list will not end.
     
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    ricardo mayorga, don't know him personally though
     
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    ricardo mayorga, don't know him personally though
     
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    What.




    Training in Thailand all of my trainers had 200+ fights, none of them hobbled around or showed any sign of being ruined from their careers.

    Abuse of running screws up your knees?

    "In 2006, Dr. Fries presented research that compared rates of OA-related disabilities between 539 runners and 423 nonrunners over a 21-year period. At the follow-up exam, researchers found that the nonrunners were worse for wear--their increase in disabilities was twice that of the runners.

    The runners in Dr. Fries's study averaged about 60 minutes of running five days a week. But even higher-mileage runners don't seem to risk bad knees. A 2006 study conducted at Germany's University of Heidelberg looked at the incidence of OA among elite marathon runners. After comparing 20 former elite German marathoners with a control group of nonrunners of the same age, gender, and body mass index, the researchers found that the marathoners did not have a higher risk of OA of the knee."
     
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    personal trainers that are out of shape.... its disgusting.

    how are you gonna trust someone to get you into shape, when they cant even stay in shape themselves?

    ive seen some personal trainers that look terrible.
     
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    No you quit training cause you couldn't hack it wether you realize it or not you can say what you want about it tearing up your body but that's not true there was some external reasoning wether you admit it or not.

    Unless you can back the facts up please don't state them
     
  18. Ian Coe

    Ian Coe Silver Belt Professional Fighter

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    Amazingly enough the human body changes as we age and there is a prodesposition for a lot of older people for fat to stored


    I also believe that the older you get the less you care about looking good because you have more personality and confidence in who you are as you age and with fighters its even worse because you think 'fuck it, I killed myself for years when I was younger, it was misery. I'm going to enjoy myself now'
     
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    is this you?

    http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?FighterID=20434
     
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