I recently wrote up a 3-part “Injury Prevention” series for the folks over at FightCampConditioning.Com. Their site is a great resource for coaches and athletes looking to get results and improve their overall performance.
When being proactive and trying to keep athletes injury-free, I like to target three main areas of the body:
1. Shoulders & Thoracic Spine
2. Hips & Glutes
3. Feet and Ankles
This second write up discusses the hips and glutes, their importance for MMA, and includes three videos showing some great mobility and activation drills you can incorporate into your programming.
I’ve often called the hips and glutes, the “powerhouse” of the body. They, along with the rest of the core, comprise the “transfer station” of the body that is used to produce a lot of our power. Throwing that left hook or overhand right requires you to generate power from the ground, transfer it through the hips, glutes, and core, and then on to the fist to knockout your opponent.
Read the rest of the article and watch the three videos HERE.
About Doug Balzarini
Doug Balzarini, CSCS, MMA-CC, is the owner of DB Strength, which provides fitness training, education, and resources. He is also the strength and conditioning coach for Alliance MMA where he works with UFC Champion Dominick Cruz, Bellator Champion Michael Chandler, Phil Davis, Brandon Vera, Travis Browne, Ross Pearson, Alexander Gustafsson, and more. Prior to starting his own business, Doug worked at Fitness Quest 10 as a personal trainer, strength coach, and Operations Director for Todd Durkin Enterprises (TDE).
He has completed some graduate work in Biomechanics at SDSU and has obtained multiple certifications including ACE, NSCA-CSCS, MMA-CC, TFW Level 1, TRX instructor training, RIP training, EFI Gravity instructor training, LIFT Sandbag Certification, and FMS training. He has produced his 2 DVD projects on strength training for combat athletes, appeared in many fitness videos and articles, and was a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter” FOX TV show in 2012.
For more information please visit www.dbstrength.com.