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BritMMA.co.uk's New Columnist Matthew Palfrey


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BritMMA.co.uk are delighted to announce the addition of an exciting new columnist to the website. Matthew Palfrey will be writing articles on Strength and Conditioning, which will be viewable every other Tuesday on a biweekly basis. As an introductory article, Matthew answered some questions explaining who he is and his areas of expertise.


Here's a little sampler:


Q: Have you got a certain 'philosophy' to your strength and conditioning



A: There is a distinct lack of quality S&C coaches in British MMA, and I think

that needs to change in order for the sport to continue to grow in this

country. Every club needs to have an s&c coach on their staff list ? and I

don?t just mean an instructor that takes the fitness sessions but a

qualified S&C coach who understands the needs of fighters.


My philosophy is, surprisingly, that strength and conditioning will not make

you a better fighter. A well developed S&C programme will allow you to train

to become a better fighter, and that?s a really important distinction to

make. My job is to get people to that level where they have no weaknesses in

their physical game and they are able to train at an elite level. I think

too many people have this blinkered view that S&C will build muscle whereas

sparring will make you a better fighter, and thus we have lots of people who

pay little attention to it.


I think that the internet has done much for opening people?s eyes to

different training techniques for MMA. However, the biggest problem I see is

people following programmes that aren?t designed for them and performing

movements with poor technique. This is where the coaching comes in.


There?s also a disturbing trend in MMA where most of the S&C work is

bracketed into five minute rounds. Though this is appropriate in some cases

and in moderation, people should be improving competence across a range of

work/rest ratios. Over the course of your average fight there will be a

variety of peaks in work output. These will range from maximal effort power

movements under load (e.g. a takedown) to consistent aerobic/muscular

endurance work over a full five minutes. My coaching reflects this demand.


Read the whole Q&A here, and if you have specific questions, sling him an email using the address at the bottom of the article :)



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