With football season capturing the hearts and minds of Americans everywhere once again, it's time to start training like a pro at the gym. While not every NFL-inspired drill can make it into your weekly fitness routine, there are a few functional workouts that can help you look and feel like you're out on the field. You may never make the history books like Walter Payton did but you can start toning your body to look like a professional athlete.
Looking to develop a body that’s ideal for martial arts? Then you’re going to want a mix of strength building exercises and cardio, the more varied and the more explosive, the better. The exercises we talk about in this article are a great place to start, but don’t be fooled—they’re only the beginning of a proper martial arts conditioning regimen.
It can be frustrating when all your effort in the gym suddenly turns to nothing; when your progress freezes, and nothing seems to help you add that next bit of weight. To identify your problems and shatter your strength training plateau, you need to rethink your fitness, and tackle each of these issues in turn.
Change and creativity in the gym are usually good things! The body can hit a plateau quickly if you’re constantly doing the same thing in the gym. And it’s a lot more fun to work out when there’s a new piece of equipment at the gym or you get to try out the latest exercise class.