The amount of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) training sessions you should do per week depends on your goals.
In general, for someone who is just starting out as an MMA hobbyist, 1 to 2 times per week should be enough. If your goal is to become better at MMA as fast as possible, 3 or preferably more times a week should be considered.
In this post, we will dive deeper into how much you should train, depending on your goals. Also, we will look go through how much professional MMA fighters train. Let’s get started!
How many times in a week should you train MMA?
The amount of training sessions per week depends purely on your goals, and how much time you can dedicate to training.
As someone, who has a full-time job and a family, once a week could be enough if you just want to train MMA as a hobby.
I know, other people on the internet are saying training MMA three times a week is the bare minimum. However, I am here to tell you, that once a week will do the trick, but you shouldn’t expect to progress as fast as those, who train more.
For someone, who has higher goals, such as becoming a professional fighter, maybe even a UFC fighter, 3 times or more is better.
No matter how much you train, it is important to get enough rest in between training sessions.
On top of regular MMA training sessions, there are other aspects to consider as well. Those are strength training and cardio.
You will develop strength and endurance through MMA training alone, but adding purely cardio and strength training to your schedule as well, can further increase your progress.
More about why cardio is so important for MMA fighters in this post.
Is training MMA once a week enough?
Despite what other people are saying, training MMA just once a week can be enough.
If once a week is all you can do, it is definitely much better than not training at all. It will, over time get you progress and improve your skills.
Have you ever heard of anyone, who trained once a week for a decade, and did not progress at all? At least I have not.
Starting with training just once a week can be a good stepping stone to the world of martial arts. Doing more radical changes to your weekly schedule can make you burn out faster, and make you quit before you make any progress.
In the beginning, start by training MMA once or twice a week. If that feels good, stick with it. You can always add more training sessions if you feel like so.
Problem with training MMA just once a week
On the other hand, if you only MMA train once a week, you should not expect to progress as fast, as someone who is training three times a week. However, additional training sessions per week do not increase the progress as much.
Comparing someone who trains once a week to someone who trains 5 times a week, the latter probably will not progress 5 times as fast. They will have to take some training sessions lighter, in order to avoid overtraining and burning out.
The person who trains only once a week can always train with full energy, due to longer rest periods in between.
It’s also important to keep in mind, that some people do not care about their progress as much. They just want to train MMA to stay in shape, relieve work stress, or meet new people. The reason why you train MMA could be completely different from why someone else trains, there are no right or wrong motivators.
Is training MMA 3 times a week enough?
For someone who has more ambitious goals about MMA, training 3 times a week or more is the way to go.
When training 3 times a week, you will still have rest days in between each training session. With this phase, you most likely can still do every session with full energy, due to rest days in between.
Adding more than 3 training sessions to your weekly schedules, you will have to start considering taking some of the sessions lighter than others. Each additional session does not linearly increase your progressing time.
On top of that, you could be doing some additional strength or cardio training, depending on your physical condition. In the beginning, you should mostly focus on MMA training itself.
However, as you progress, you might realize your strength or endurance is holding your performance back. If this is the case, doing some extra cardio or strength training could be in place.
Should you train MMA every day?
Training MMA every single day is really hardcore way to train. However, if you want to become professional, training every day could be an option.
If you decide to train every day, it is really important to take some training sessions lighter than others. Overtraining and burning out is the last thing you want if you want to maximize your progress in MMA.
Over training could force you to take a break from training, in order to return to the normal training schedule. Therefore, sometimes less is more. Taking resting days in between is preferable if you feel like your body can not handle the amount of training you do.
How often do professional MMA fighters train?
Professional MMA fighters could practice every day. However, in their case as well, they do keep some training days lighter than others.
After all, they are human as well. They are not unstoppable robots that do train 10 hours a day every single day. Resting is essential to achieve progress and to be able to function as a human.
On the other hand, they do have more time to train and rest, if they make a living out of fighting. Their whole life spins around MMA, so they can dedicate themselves more to it.
In conclusion, the amount of MMA training sessions you should take per week depends on your goals and how much time you can spare for MMA.
Once a week is a great way to start, but the progress will be slower. Three or more times a week is preferred if you want to progress faster and have higher goals.
Hopefully this was helpful to you, have a nice day!
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