The transition from doing bodybuilding workouts to explosive conditioning workouts wasn’t a easy process. I was coming from a bodybuilding background, where I spent ten years training. I was looking at guys like Arnold, Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler and wanting to have that size, strength, and cartoon-character like look.
I trained countless hours in the gym trying to achieve it. My training sessions were pretty much hammer strength machines, dumbbells, barbells, cable machines, and spending way too much time on the treadmill. Yeah I had the body that I wanted at that time, but I didn’t have the explosive conditioning that I have now. Now I look at guys like GSP and other MMA fighters and say to myself, “that is an explosively conditioned athlete.”
Today I train completely different, doing full body workouts and using tools that I never used during my bodybuilding days. For the past two years my training has done a complete 180; I’m doing full body explosive power training and the results I feel are completely different from when I was bodybuilding. I feel faster, stronger, and more conditioned then I did when I was in my teens and early twenties. My training now consists of sandbags, kettlebells, tires, ropes, sledgehammers, and so many other underground training tools. I will admit I still have days I train like a bodybuilder, but I add explosive exercises into the session just to have that full body pump.
For those who want to make that leap into MMA explosive conditioning, or just want to add something interesting to your bodybuilding routine while still maintaining your size, here are my tips for you to try to become explosive and better conditioned: