Getting Your Training Off To A Great Start
Normally when you read an article on training for mixed martial arts you are expecting the latest trends in strength and conditioning. This isn’t what I have written here. What I want to talk to you about is where you are mentally. Let’s face it, if your mind isn’t in it your training suffers. The most important thing you can do for your career as an athlete is be in the proper mindset at all times. Start off by looking at your support system. More often than not I see athletes that come into the gym bitching about their family and how they don’t want them in the gym so much. Then they get out on the mats and have a terrible training session because their issues at home are weighing heavy on their mind. Sorry to be blunt, but that is more than likely your own fault. I have been guilty of doing the same thing in my professional life. I get too caught up in what I want to accomplish, that I have neglected the things I need to take care of at home. You need to realize that a support system is a two way street. If you aren’t handling your business at home there will be hell to pay. Be accountable to your family and friends first and you will find that they will support you in whatever you choose to do.
The second thing you need to acknowledge is why you are even in the gym. I am never going to tell someone that they can’t be a professional fighter. Just like I would never tell someone they have no business in the gym if they aren’t there to fight. I will tell my athletes that they need to have their priorities in order and know why they walked into the gym in the first place. Are you here because you want to see what the sport is all about? Is your goal to be a fighter? Maybe you want to work out like a fighter and just lose a couple of pounds. Whatever it is, knowing your goals will help you be better in the gym. Every time you are about to start a workout clear your mind ask yourself, “Why am I here?”. I guarantee you that your workout will be the best you ever had. Asking yourself this question before starting brings everything into focus. It will cause you to do everything with the purpose of reaching the goals.
The final thing is to communicate what you want to accomplish with your coaches. Sometimes coaches can get a little busy with all of the fighters they are working with and need you to help remind them of your goals. If you are frustrated with your progress communicating openly with your team will definitely help to get you over that hump. You will find that opening the lines of communication will help your coach to feel more comfortable in pointing out what you are doing wrong and get your camp moving in the right direction.
To sum it all up, be open and honest with others as well as yourself. Be accountable to the people that want you to succeed. Your coaches are there for you, your true friends and family should be there for you, and your mind has to be in the right place. Once all of these things are taken care of, you will find that you can focus on the task at hand, which is training your ass off to maximize your potential.