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Matt Hughes Training Program

See how UFC fighter Matt Hughes trains.

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LOWER-BODY ENDURANCE

  • Leg presses: three sets of 30, 40, and 50 reps using three 45-pound plates on each side.
  • Hughes begins his leg-press workouts two months before a fight and adds 10 reps to his last set each week, so by the week of the fight he’s performing 120 reps in the last set.

    CORE STRENGTH AND PUNCHING POWER

  • Sledgehammer swings: as many sets as possible of 10 swings on each side
  • BACK WORKOUT

  • Pullups: three sets of 12, 10, and 8 reps
  • Hammer strength row: four sets of 12, 10, 6, and 12 reps
  • Dumbbell row: four sets of 12, 10, 6, and 12 reps
  • Barbell or dumbbell shrug: four sets of 12, 10, 6, and 12 reps
  • Hughes trains a different body part each day but favors back workouts since MMA stresses the pulling muscles.

    See Also:
    The Ultimate Fighting Fat-Burning Workout
    Get into Fighting Shape

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