The following article was written for Fight Quality by Greg Wootton, a UK Muay Thai fighter, personal trainer and Coach.
It’s not easy being a fighter. Especially to be a great one. For decades we have been burdened with the stereotype of the simple minded brute. Fighting was once considered a poor man’s game, only chosen by those who didn’t have the brains to excel elsewhere. This, however, is changing.
Whether you train in boxing, MMA or any other martial art, it’s an ongoing process of improvement, learning new skills and improving your instincts and fitness. Whether you train as a hobby every now and then or it’s your full time career, there are a number of steps you can take to make sure you’re getting the most out of your training.
Whether you’re a seasoned professional fighter or you’ve taken up a martial art for fitness, nutrition is important. The overused phrase is that getting in top shape is 20% gym work and 80% kitchen work, and when it comes to the nutrition side of things, high protein foods are top of the list. The benefits of protein are endless – it helps keep you feeling fuller for longer, can stop insulin spikes (believed to contribute to fat storage) and most importantly helps build and maintain muscle, and the more muscle you have the easier it is to get rid of fat.