Sage Northcutt vs Hunter Labrada
Tossing dummies and beating a heavy bag to build explosive power and endurance is the ultimate HIIT. If you’re a fighter, or just want to train like one, let Sage Northcutt be your guide!
Plenty of what goes by the names of cardio or conditioning these days feels unnatural, to say the least. You strap yourself into a machine, gyrate a little for a while, and you’re done. Somehow, this is supposed to be making you a better athlete, but it sure doesn’t feel like it!
This MMA workout is the exact opposite
You’ll be slamming and dragging dummies, going after a heavy bag with fists and elbows ablaze, pushing the sled until your quads burn, rumbling through wrestling drills—all nonstop, just like fighting for the title. It comes from the mind of one of the best young fighters on the planet, UFC standout Sage Northcutt. And his willing victim was none other than bodybuilder Hunter Labrada!
To follow this routine to the letter, you’re going to need equipment you might not find outside of a fighting- or wrestling-focused gym or school facility. Ideally, you’ll need a grappling dummy or something like it, one kind of heavy bag for boxing drills, and another, shorter kind of diving and dodging. If you don’t have the equipment or gym access, do the best you can, or sub out the most equipment-specific drills. (Dummy suplexes on an unpadded gym floor? Yeah right!)
No matter how you approach it, this is a full-body workout that will test your coordination, endurance, and explosiveness. Take breaks if you have to, but keep them short, and don’t let your heart rate return to normal any time during the workout.
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