Every Martial Artist should supplement their training with an exercise program. For a Martial Artist these are three exercises you must do to improve your abilities and performance. Everybody in fitness has a method, equipment, or program they prefer over others. Some like to train circuits, some have powerlifting programs, and others participate in countless trends or fads.
However, some exercises have withstood the test of time, no matter what your approach.
These moves have become a staple in any serious fitness program. If you’re honest with yourself about wanting to perform at your best or just want to stay active to help prevent chronic pain, you can’t leave these three exercises out of your workout plans.
Arguably the king of all exercises, the deadlift hits every major muscle group. The deadlift is perhaps the greatest test of strength there is.
Because of all the muscles involved, it releases a huge amount of testosterone which is a muscle building hormone. For this reason alone, the deadlift is a great foundation for any fitness plan.
Often confused as an alternative to a squat, this move is actually an explosive hip hinge, great for the glutes and conditioning. When done properly the hip movement, combined with the explosive motion provides a cardio aspect that will help create a strong and dynamic workout. You can read our article here for some kettlebell variations.
A long time standard in fitness tests is the ability to do a minimum number of required pullups. The Marine Corps fitness standard for example measure men between 25-35 need to complete 23 pull ups to max the test. Pull ups are a great exercise for developing powerful lats, stronger, core, and grip strength. It’s a big multifaceted exercise that will boost testosterone and help overall muscle development.
If you are not doing these exercises already I highly suggest you incorporate all three into your exercise routine immediately. After a few weeks you will start noticing the enhancement they’ll provide in your workouts and Martial Arts performance.
What exercise do you consider a must do?