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12/31/12 4:58 AM
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12/31/12 8:23 AM
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Like Cormier, he is eating "the food he grew up with" on top of the protein shakes, healthy stuff, supplements, etc.

12/31/12 8:35 AM
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who is healthier/better for MMA?

a 15-17% bf individual that can fight for 25 minutes

a < 10% bf individual that gasses in 5 minutes
12/31/12 10:04 AM
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aritwo - who is healthier/better for MMA?

a 15-17% bf individual that can fight for 25 minutes

a < 10% bf individual that gasses in 5 minutes
Hes probably 20-25% Phone Post
12/31/12 10:30 AM
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"Hes probably 20-25%"

wrong. 15-17% is correct.
12/31/12 12:06 PM
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Im a real boy - His physique is a reflection of an unhealthy diet. People here defending it is stupid. It's a simple question of how he eats, because obviously it doesn't effect his fighting negatively, but it is weird someone who is billed as a "cardio machine" can have such a high body fat percentage.

 

Why would it surprise you that a guy who is a 'cardio machine' is not super muscular?

 

 

Muscle needs oxygen, which saps your cardio.  Fat doesn't need anything.  It's just reserve energy storage and cushioning.  Go take a look at the physiques of marathon runners.  Most of them are don't have rippling abs or shredded deltoids.  What little muscle they do have is often covered in a layer of fat, because less muscle and more fat = less energy expenditure and more energy reserves. 

 

Cain looks EXACTLY like what a 'cardio machine' should look like.

12/31/12 4:24 PM
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That's an interesting theory. More fat = more stamina.

Roy Nelson is a bit of a cardio machine too isn't he?
12/31/12 4:32 PM
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PoundforPound - That's an interesting theory. More fat = more stamina.

Roy Nelson is a bit of a cardio machine too isn't he?

 

Obviously, there is a point of diminishing returns where lugging around the extra body mass saps your cardio, but a moderate layer of fat does not impede performance.  There is no reason for a HW who weighs well under 265 to get shredded. 

 

12/31/12 6:34 PM
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His diet consists of American Wrestlers, Black Kickboxers and Brazilians Blood Phone Post
12/31/12 6:35 PM
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1/1/13 8:13 AM
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I've got a natural small belly. I eat healthy and run but the only time I've had a six-pack is through very careful eating and a few skipped meals while training for a half marathon.

Being ripped is possible for everyone but the discomfort it requires would just be a distraction for Cain
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I don't think being ripped and shredded would work for Cain as a HW. I could see him being more lean if he went down to 205 but he may lose his cardio edge from cutting weight. 

 

He is onto a winning combination at HW with his cardio, speed and technique. Why worry about a little bit of extra weight around his stomach when he has wrecked everyone that he has faced in his career and is the baddest man on the planet? 

1/1/13 10:03 AM
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genetics.. guys like overeem/jds can eat whatever they want and still be thick, solid, tight... even with peds cain would never look physically as impressive as jds or overeem

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Steve4192 - 
PoundforPound - That's an interesting theory. More fat = more stamina.

Roy Nelson is a bit of a cardio machine too isn't he?

 

Obviously, there is a point of diminishing returns where lugging around the extra body mass saps your cardio, but a moderate layer of fat does not impede performance.  There is no reason for a HW who weighs well under 265 to get shredded. 

 

 

Would a guy do better in a fight in terms of speed, cardio, etc, if he were wearing a 10lb weight vest or if he took the vest off? How would carrying an extra 10lb of fat be different? edit: digitdigit beat me to it

 

"Go take a look at the physiques of marathon runners"

 

 

I must be missing all the fat?

 

1/1/13 11:53 AM
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By the way I think the fat probably does serve some purpose. I assume that as with Fedor, Cain thinks carrying extra weight gives him more weight to put into his punches and gives him more weight to lean on guys or smother them with, and make it harder for him to be muscled around himself. These guys are not lazy, they must feel there is some advantage or I assume they'd take care of it.

1/1/13 12:02 PM
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That looks fucking good. Phone Post
Ok not fair I start back on my Paleo diet today but this looks amazing!! Lol Phone Post
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The reason Cain doesn't get shredded because shredded in fighting isn't good. To have and overly defined musculature causes problems in long-form athletes. Football players, for example, are short burst athletes. They play for 4-12 seconds at a time. Having the muscles that they have is great for explosiveness. But it isn't built to last. Fighters on the other hand have to use all of their muscles for 5 minutes at a time, 3-5 times. To have an extreme build doesn't serve a good purpose in that regard as muscles need oxygen, the more muscular, the more oxygen needed, the more tired you become. JDS got way more muscled for this fight, and due to that, when he got rocked, he couldn't recover as well. He couldn't bring in enough oxygen to feed his muscles AND recover. Cain on the other hand is a little on the softer side, his muscles don't require as much oxygen, it's the reason his cardio is so good. Think of all the guys with extreme cardio and they all have the same look. Frankie Edgar, The Diaz brothers, Renan Barao. A big muscular physique is just not suitable for sports like MMA and boxing.

1/1/13 1:44 PM
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The reason Cain doesn't get shredded because shredded in fighting isn't good. To have and overly defined musculature causes problems in long-form athletes. Football players, for example, are short burst athletes. They play for 4-12 seconds at a time. Having the muscles that they have is great for explosiveness. But it isn't built to last. Fighters on the other hand have to use all of their muscles for 5 minutes at a time, 3-5 times. To have an extreme build doesn't serve a good purpose in that regard as muscles need oxygen, the more muscular, the more oxygen needed, the more tired you become. JDS got way more muscled for this fight, and due to that, when he got rocked, he couldn't recover as well. He couldn't bring in enough oxygen to feed his muscles AND recover. Cain on the other hand is a little on the softer side, his muscles don't require as much oxygen, it's the reason his cardio is so good. Think of all the guys with extreme cardio and they all have the same look. Frankie Edgar, The Diaz brothers, Renan Barao. A big muscular physique is just not suitable for sports like MMA and boxing.


No one is saying Cain should put on muscle until he looks like Jeff Monson. They're saying they don't know why he doesn't lose 10-15lb of fat.

By the way, none of the guys you listed look anything like Cain and are certainly not lacking muscle.

Barao

Edgar

 

And then there are guys known for having among the best if not THE best cardio and workrates in the sport who are "shredded" and often very muscular in addition, like Benson Henderson, GSP, Carlos Condit, Urijah Faber, Sean Sherk, Randy Couture, Forrest Griffin, etc. 

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OMG! that food on the first page looks so good
i forgot what the original topic was

*grabs pile of junk mail off dresser to check for Taco bell coupons*
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Steve4192 - 
Im a real boy - His physique is a reflection of an unhealthy diet. People here defending it is stupid. It's a simple question of how he eats, because obviously it doesn't effect his fighting negatively, but it is weird someone who is billed as a "cardio machine" can have such a high body fat percentage.

 

Why would it surprise you that a guy who is a 'cardio machine' is not super muscular?

 

 

Muscle needs oxygen, which saps your cardio.  Fat doesn't need anything.  It's just reserve energy storage and cushioning.  Go take a look at the physiques of marathon runners.  Most of them are don't have rippling abs or shredded deltoids.  What little muscle they do have is often covered in a layer of fat, because less muscle and more fat = less energy expenditure and more energy reserves. 

 

Cain looks EXACTLY like what a 'cardio machine' should look like.


yup.

a couple more things...

-the extra weight does help in striking power....see Roy Nelson. these guys prolly train at least 4 hours a day....if they thought they needed to drop some pounds to perform better, it prolly wouldn't take too much effort.

-look at Nick Diaz....he's lean and obviously very fit, but he's not "cut" or "chiseled".... MMA athletes need very well developed aerobic AND anaerobic energy systems. bodybuilder-esque muscle simply doesn't matter, except for getting chicks and sponsors.
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^for those that think the decreased weight won't decrease his punching power, look how often HW's KO each other, vs other wieght divisions.... http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1348137-ufc-numbers-do-the-lighter-weight-classes-finish-fights

-as far as the gain in speed, it's not like Cain carries a lot of fat in his limbs...it's mainly his midsection. if he was a sprinter, then i would say it could make him faster at running, but as a fighter, i don't really see it....
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The reason Cain doesn't get shredded because shredded in fighting isn't good. To have and overly defined musculature causes problems in long-form athletes. Football players, for example, are short burst athletes. They play for 4-12 seconds at a time. Having the muscles that they have is great for explosiveness. But it isn't built to last. Fighters on the other hand have to use all of their muscles for 5 minutes at a time, 3-5 times. To have an extreme build doesn't serve a good purpose in that regard as muscles need oxygen, the more muscular, the more oxygen needed, the more tired you become. JDS got way more muscled for this fight, and due to that, when he got rocked, he couldn't recover as well. He couldn't bring in enough oxygen to feed his muscles AND recover. Cain on the other hand is a little on the softer side, his muscles don't require as much oxygen, it's the reason his cardio is so good. Think of all the guys with extreme cardio and they all have the same look. Frankie Edgar, The Diaz brothers, Renan Barao. A big muscular physique is just not suitable for sports like MMA and boxing.


No one is saying Cain should put on muscle until he looks like Jeff Monson. They're saying they don't know why he doesn't lose 10-15lb of fat.

By the way, none of the guys you listed look anything like Cain and are certainly not lacking muscle.

Barao

Edgar

 

And then there are guys known for having among the best if not THE best cardio and workrates in the sport who are "shredded" and often very muscular in addition, like Benson Henderson, GSP, Carlos Condit, Urijah Faber, Sean Sherk, Randy Couture, Forrest Griffin, etc. 

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Steve4192 - 
Im a real boy - His physique is a reflection of an unhealthy diet. People here defending it is stupid. It's a simple question of how he eats, because obviously it doesn't effect his fighting negatively, but it is weird someone who is billed as a "cardio machine" can have such a high body fat percentage.

 

Why would it surprise you that a guy who is a 'cardio machine' is not super muscular?

 

 

Muscle needs oxygen, which saps your cardio.  Fat doesn't need anything.  It's just reserve energy storage and cushioning.  Go take a look at the physiques of marathon runners.  Most of them are don't have rippling abs or shredded deltoids.  What little muscle they do have is often covered in a layer of fat, because less muscle and more fat = less energy expenditure and more energy reserves. 

 

Cain looks EXACTLY like what a 'cardio machine' should look like.


yup.

a couple more things...

-the extra weight does help in striking power....see Roy Nelson. these guys prolly train at least 4 hours a day....if they thought they needed to drop some pounds to perform better, it prolly wouldn't take too much effort.

-look at Nick Diaz....he's lean and obviously very fit, but he's not "cut" or "chiseled".... MMA athletes need very well developed aerobic AND anaerobic energy systems. bodybuilder-esque muscle simply doesn't matter, except for getting chicks and sponsors.

Flab in your belly does not help in striking power, no one is saying Cain should pack more muscle

Just that if he drops the fat he'd probably be better since he wouldn't have a vest of useless weight around him.

And if that doesn't make him better he could go back to his normal form easily.


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