There are so many different ways to get in shape; some of them are more effective than others. There are methods that involve strictly cardiovascular work, and others that involve strictly anaerobic work. Cardiovascular work is designed to work the heart and the veins. This is the kind of work that is typically considered endurance work; it is long-distance and not always intense. Distance running, swimming, and cycling typically fall into these categories. They are great for the heart and for burning calories, but they don’t build muscle very quickly. Alternately, there are anaerobic exercises. Anaerobic exercises are those that are too intense for you to properly inhale and exhale fast enough to sustain yourself. This is typically weightlifting as well as sprinting. These exercises build muscle, but they are too intense for you to sustain for a long time. The most effective exercise is one that blends aerobic and anaerobic exercises.


To blend aerobic and anaerobic exercise, you should consider the fighting sports. There are many different kinds of fighting sports; they emphasize different techniques, different parts of the body, and different methods. For example, boxing is all about punching. It is designed to wear down your opponent through a series of punches to the body and to disorient them with a series of punches to the head. Muay Thai, on the other hand, is a full-body fighting style that emphasizes knees and elbows. It is designed to pound your opponent into submission. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a grappling sport that focuses on pinning your opponent and controlling fighting from the ground. Each type of fighting focuses on a different aspect, and therefore will affect your fitness differently. At the SKAMMA gym, you can focus on any one of these different martial arts. Alternately, you can focus on all of them through mixed martial arts.

Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed martial arts (MMA) has grown in popularity recently as different fighting competitions have become prominent. It’s also a great way to get in great shape. As stated earlier, each of the different fighting disciplines emphasizes different methods and body parts. Such methods create different types of exercises. If you want a great full-body workout, you should blend as many of them as possible. It will also prepare you for many different scenarios.

When you workout with weights, you likely move through very specific and prescribed motions. This is done for effectiveness and for your safety. However, that produces a very limited range of motion in many aspects. Fighting is unpredictable; you can never control the angles of your opponent. Such unpredictability leads to a very different type of exercise. It will create a well-rounded physique. You’ll have strength and flexibility from many different angles.