Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How To Find A Good MMA Fitness And Training School

Mixed martial arts is challenging, and MMA fitness is requisite to go the full stretch. If you are serious and passionate about mixed martial arts, then start right—look for the right MMA fitness and training gym in your area. This means you will have to do some serious research and canvassing of your options. Here are some tips on getting started in the right way:

1. Go online. A) Google MMA fitness and training schools in your area. For example if you live in San Francisco, type "List of mixed martial arts schools in San Francisco, California" or "List of MMA training in San Francisco, California". Several options should appear. B) If the lists will are not specific to mixed martial arts go to the forums. You may find some names to start off your search. Otherwise, start your own forum question. Ask, "What is a good MMA fitness and training gym in SF, California?" C) Check out MMA events. There should be a list of gyms represented that you can add to your search.

1. Check the website of each option. There should be information about their instructor's background. See if his training is up to par. Also, check their schedule of classes, services and prices; and be sure it matches your schedule and budget. If they have a "fight team" that's good. It shows the are active in events. If they have a "contact us" section, Send them a list of questions for them to answer.

1. Look for reviews or articles on the schools. There may even be blog entries about the school, which would be good. However, if it has one or two negative reports, don't let that Try to discourage you. If they have mostly bad reports, then cross them out. Also do research on the coaches. Look up blogs, search engines, or ask about him in forums. Remember, you are in this for the long term but you are balancing a budget too, so you want real value for your money.

1. Visit the gyms on your list. Talk to the head trainer and ask him about a typical weekly schedule. There should be a class for striking, another for wrestling, and a separate class for grappling. Also, make sure there is a free day for conditioning.

1. Discuss pricing with the trainer. At its' lowest this can be US$100/month. Assess the trainer's attitude. Is he trying to pressure you to sign up? Then this is not a good gym. You want a trainer, not a salesman.

1. Ask about free training. If this gym is really confident about what it has to offer, it will give free observation of classes, and a couple of free training days. You should definitely take them on if that is so, so that you can get a feel of the gym. If a gym is not willing to let you try out its goods first, forget about it.

1. Your instructor should tell you what gear to bring. If he is really good he will make sure you bring a mouth guard and a groin protector. Also, a good gym will have boxing/MMA gloves and shin pads. However once you have enrolled, you should invest in all of your own gear.

1. Talk to your classmates. On your first session, find out how long they have been with the gym. If they have been there longer than three months, that is a good sign. Also, see if they are already sparring. This should take place once a week once the fundamentals are down, which should take about three months.

1. Check out the instructors' credentials. The grappling instructor should be a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and must have trained under reputable instructors. The striking coaches should have competition experience. If it's check on both counts, you are in a good place.

1. See if some students compete. A good gym should have a team, or some students who are professional level fighters.

1. Too perfect is not good. If the equipment looks too new, it could mean that it is not being used enough. You want a gym that is clean, but signs of equipment that has been used means that people are going there. Basically, there should be a grappling mat, a boxing ring, and a cage.

If you have taken the time to canvass your list of gyms knowing what to look for, you will be able to concentrate on finding the perfect fit in terms of value for money, schedule and quality MMA fitness and training.

Mike Belisle - About the Author:

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