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Speed of Sport - Nick, I am fascinated by your training methods. I'm so impressed with your ability to explain the concepts you teach to someone who knows nothing about strength and conditioning like me.
Karl Olsson - This thread is great.
I thought about one thing, im talking out of my novice ass but here me out and say what you think.
Nick talked on the JRE pod that shoulder flexibility has a big impact on punching power, if you are stiff you wont be throwing as hard as your maximum potential.
Take a guy like Conor Mcgregor for example, known for incredible punching power, his shoulders look really, i mean reeeaally internally rotated, i think this because i have the same look and have for years stretched, try to fix weak areas, in my own shoulders, with somewhat result but they still want to hang out front if i relax.
Is this a genetic thing, like some people are just born that way and there is no way to get around it with all the work in the world put in.
Or could, for example, Mcgregor be an even harder puncher?
What u think guys :)
Karl to simplify it, when the shoulder is in a state of equilibrium both flexion/extension agonists/antagonist do not impede one another, the mechanics of the entire shoulder operate better and react quicker, which makes transferring the force generated from the feet, hips, trunk etc. much more effective in the punch, like a whip.Tight internally rotated shoulders might be the equivalent of cutting off the last 12inches of a bull whip. Hope that helps.
I know this sounds ridiculous but I think dos Anjos has assembled a perfect team around him. Although he was very talented, he was a mediocre performer when he first came into the UFC. I honestly don't think the work you have done with him can be overstated.
I have gotten to see dos Anjos train a few times. No one credits Dos Anjos wrestling coach but I think that guy deserves a tremendous amount of credit as well. I've seen them work together and the way he has taught dos Anjos to commit to his takedowns and drive through his opponent has made him an entirely different fighter. Dos Anjos is also one of the better cage wrestlers as well. I truly believe this is because of the work he and Jacob have put in
I ordered you tape but I hope the equipment you use isn't so specialized that I cant perform my workouts without those things.
After seeing dos Anjos level of conditioning since his fights with njukwoni and bocek I was absolutely blown away. I think in 20 years from now the things you are doing with your fighters will become the standard for strength and conditioning programs amongst the elite fighters. Keep up the good work.
You're absolutely right. In this day and age if you don't have an entire team of great coaches you won't beat another guy who does, plain and simple. It's synergistic, if you're deficient in any area it will be exploited in a fight. How many fights have been lost because one guy struggled with the weight, was too slow, or gassed, or didn't have the wrestling/grappling ? Every fight. These guys must cover all the bases in order to be the BEST. Many guys can CONTEND with less than this but to be the BEST it requires more than what others are willing to do.
So much of it is the fighters mentality and how much sacrifice and investment they are willing to make to get what they want. I know many ufc fighters, one guy is a part time personal trainer, he will never become the ufc champ, simply because he has a back up plan, that tiny factor makes all the difference in the world, and there's hundreds of similar things that deter them as well. For example if the best coach is in CA and you live in NY, and you want to become champ you better move to CA. Because you already know what the best is, unconsciously if you don't make that sacrifice and move to the west coast you'll know it on fight night, guaranteed. Rafael came here with $150 and no back up plan and said he was gonna be champ. It starts there, and guys with this type of determination know what it takes, a team. Sorry I rambled on.