Beat Stress with Mixed Martial Arts

From the impending arrival of tax season to the worldwide craze surrounding flu strains and viruses, it’s a difficult time of year to manage stress levels. But fortunately, exercise is one of the best and healthiest ways to deal with your worries and frustrations. If you’re feeling drained from the hustle and bustle of life in 2020, why not restock your energy stores with a mixed martial arts class?

UFC Gym in Mamaroneck, New York, offers a fantastic assortment of MMA workouts, all of which can be intensified or modified to suit your individual needs and stress levels. In this article, we’ll highlight the classes our gym members love most: interval training, boxing conditioning, kickboxing, and — of course — Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!

Interval training

Interval training, also commonly known as HIIT, isn’t just for standard, run-of-the-mill exercises. Mixed martial arts encompasses a wide range of training techniques and physical tests of stamina, as well as ways to improve flexibility and balance.

In an MMA interval training class at our UFC Gym, you’ll receive a killer full-body workout that’s high intensity from warm-up to cool-down. Incorporating elements from boxing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu and more, you’ll have your cardio and strength capacities simultaneously pushed to the limits — and your stress pushed away!

Boxing conditioning

Stress doesn’t exactly help with anger management, but you can always take out your frustrations in a healthy, heart-pumping way with a boxing conditioning class. Just like Rocky or a pro-fighter, you’ll go up against the bag to build up your muscle tone and increase your cardiovascular endurance.

Expect to sweat a lot as you get in touch with your inner strength during this 50-minute class. You’ll learn the six basic boxing punches and put them to the test in intervals of 3 minutes. Whether it’s a jab, a cross, or an uppercut, you’ll burn hundreds of calories and build up a toned back and core with this challenging, stress-relieving boxing class.

Kickboxing conditioning

In this total-body workout, you might enter feeling worried, but you’ll leave as a warrior. Like the boxing conditioning class, this kickboxing session also pits you against a heavy bag. However, you’ll be doing a lot more than just throwing punches.

In kickboxing conditioning, MMA moves are combined with kicks, elbow strikes, knee strikes, and more. You might not have time to think about how out of breath you are as you alternate between 16 different strikes and test your speed and power in high-intensity rounds of work. Try not to forget your boxing gloves and hand wraps, but if you do, there’s always some available for purchase at the quality-stocked shop in our UFC Gym.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Perhaps the best example of a true mixture of martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu teaches the participant elements of self-defense, traditional martial art techniques, and modern combat sport methods.

Unlike boxing and kickboxing, there’s no bag in this stress-relieving sweat sesh. You’ll make contact and grapple with an opponent of similar caliber, and your objective is to pin them to the ground but do so in a neutralized way. The goal is to win, to finish “on top,” but not to hurt another person in the process.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is all about using strength, agility, speed, and focus to outsmart and out-strike your combatant, eventually ending up in a fight to the finish with ground combat. You might get a bit mixed up at times, but you’ll leave feeling much more level-headed and prepared to take on whatever this crazy world brings.

Final Thoughts

Mixed martial arts is one of the most effective workouts and stress-management tools available today. If you’re interested in trying any of the courses mentioned above, or you’re just looking to get in a fitness routine with a personal trainer, search no further than our UFC Gym in Mamaroneck.