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Posted: 2011-03-19 13:48:55
running important or not for fighting?

how important do any fighters or trainers think running is?

ive had 8 fights and have always run 4 x 3/4 mile and 1 x 6/7 miles a week until my last fights which was a 8 man tourny and i run 3 x 4 mile runs a week and that was the fittiest and strongiest ive felt as i spent more time in the gym and wasnt as tired as i do all my runs before training?

weight isnt a isue with me so i dont run to drop weight just fitness?
robin shepherd jai
Posted: 2011-03-20 11:44:39
its too good for you not to do. builds strong legs, gives spring in the steps, good cardio, good for general overall fitness, good warm up, regulates the body well.
colin anderson
Posted: 2011-03-30 01:44:59
in my opinion sprints are better for you especially to speed up your recovery time try mixing it up with hillsprints a few times a week
Posted: 2011-03-30 17:34:21
The long distance runs that fighters tend to do should only be done maybe twice a week. :)
Sandy Holt
Posted: 2011-04-01 16:24:06
personally i think its very important to run ! just my opp
Ricky S
Posted: 2011-04-02 18:57:18
Out of interest, is it better to run like 2miles 6 days a week or 4miles 3 days a week?
Posted: 2011-04-02 19:26:25
we are using a new training programme that is working really well...long runs 3 x a week for the first 4 weeks of fight training then changing to sprints and interval training 4 weeks out. running does help build endurance, mental stamina and of course is excellent for weight control but sprints and intervals/explosive running, much more realistic and relevant to fighting. hardcore sprints/intervals over 8 weeks is too much though and puts too much strain on the legs but beginning them 4 weeks out from fight seems to work really well.
Posted: 2011-04-08 07:01:30
Thats the way I like to do things to Marianne. Almost the same/
Posted: 2011-04-11 09:08:52
I've noticed that my extra running on the side gave me an edge over my opponents while I was in Japan. Just returned to USA a few weeks ago and need to get back into it, and find another place to train.

Combination is key but above all listen to your joints. Overuse injuries don't help much.
steven long
Posted: 2011-04-16 16:49:43
i also belive running is very important we do it 3-4 times a week 6 weeks from a fight and step it up to 5-6 times with a month to go also including hill sprints , to be honest what ever our trainer kin prayun thawang said do we did it as he always knew best and had done it for most his life , only time we didnt if our body was telling us to rest as we didnt want to overtrain and become injured or ill
Posted: 2011-04-21 04:49:26
As robin stated, running is good for overall fitness and cardio etc... Running a slight jog to get warm and adapt your body to it then hitting a few hill sprints is a good idea,, hill sprints will give you those explosive burst you use in the fight. Works every time :)
Phil Glover
Posted: 2011-04-24 18:12:10
In my opinion I think running is essential for any fighter,years ago I always trained/sparred with pro boxers and the ones that had'nt been doing their roadwork always got exposed when we sparred in the gym they either got dropped with body shots or were blowing after a few rounds!
I agree with what's been said earlier doing hill runs/interval runs/sprints,etc they all build up that explosive power needed for fights and give you that much needed edge!
I preferred doing a long run once a week and shorter runs of 3-4 miles maybe 4 or 5 times a week but it's down to what your own body can take as well and you have to listen to it.
When I used to fight my own training was split with early morning runs up at 5am in the morning then go to work do an 8 hour shift and back to a two hour workout again at night.
Did'nt get chased by as many dogs early in the morning too!
Mark L.
Posted: 2011-06-16 09:57:00
Besides burning mucscle and fat (staying light)(basically getting your body to eat itself) I think long runs are useless - in fact counter productive. But thats just me :)

Once I do 5 rounds again I'll let you know how no distance running is going for me lol (last two fights KO within 2 rounds)

I think its a different energy system you're training. I think it takes away from power and explosiveness. I think it shortens muscles too much (hip flexors/hamstrings esspecially).

Phil - the ones that weren't doing their road work - were they doing anything instead to train related energy systems?? I guess not.

Running or not isn't the question
Distance running or something else is the question in my opinion.

At 36 yrs old after 5 years of no exercise I am feeling pretty good after only a couple months - but like I said I haven't finnished a full two rnds yet in my two fights so ican't talk from current experience :)

I will let you know though if and when i do more rounds :)
Posted: 2011-06-23 09:53:57
running alone can be detrimental, but combined with stretching and resistance training and thai padwork then you should not really incur any muscle problems, have you tried running at a steady pace with your mouth closed, forcing yourself to breath through your nose therefore opening the lungs difficult at first but with practice increases your stamina and really helps in the later rounds when you need to controll your breathing, give it a try
Mark L.
Posted: 2011-06-23 11:22:36
use muscles repeatedly in a short range and you will have to do loads extra stretching to lengthen them - also you will only be strengthening them in that range.

Mark L.
Posted: 2011-07-16 18:57:47
Getting Maximum Results Part I - Alternatives to Aerobics
Six Reasons Why Aerobic Work is Counterproductive
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