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Bellator Fighter Travis Wiuff on Discipline and Tattoos

Being a professional athlete requires dedication and Mixed Martial Arts requires a unique capacity for discipline.

At 34 years old and already 82 fights into his MMA career, Bellator fighter Travis Wiuff still has some goals be wants to achieve. Staying relevant in the fight game as long as Wiuff has requires discipline. The Minnesota native has won 67 fights in his time and rarely lets himself slip out of shape. He carries the same mindset into the gym, where he uses a variety of training styles to reach peak conditioning.

Besides combat training, Wiuff prefers regular conditioning to structured training camps. Because of that, he gets most of his core strength and conditioning work done with a variety of CrossFit workouts. When Wiuff steps into the octagon on July 20 to face Tim Carpenter in the championship of Bellator’s light-heavyweight tournament, he’ll have do so after following a disciplined training and eating regimen.  

Travis WiuffWhat’s your typical day like?
Travis Wiuff: I usually work out about three to four times a day. Usually two of them are cardio based and others are meant for just cutting weight. I’ll get my sparring in and I do a lot of CrossFit and I go to a CrossFit-specific gym here in Minnesota.

You’ve moved around in weight classes during your career, how do you reach the proper weight most effectively?
For me, it’s mostly running. For getting the weight down, I do some long distance stuff and when I say “long-distance” I mean about four miles. I do a lot of intervals on the treadmill, I like to run up a lot of hills. For me it’s just about changing it up when it comes to running. That’s what works for me. I’ve always been used to it, I’ve been doing that stuff since I started wrestling at five-years-old.

Has cutting the weight gotten harder?
Yeah, actually for this last fight in Bellator against Chris Davis was the hardest it has ever been to get down to weight. I did a few things different and miscalculated. I’ll put plastics on and a couple of layers of sweat pants and some sweat shirts and once I get a sweat going I can loose about one pound every ten minutes. When I woke up, I was ten pounds over and thought ninety minutes would be pretty close with all that stuff on once I got the sweat going and we just miscalculated. I put everything on and I was on the treadmill for about an hour an a half, I like to stay out of the sauna and steam room as much as possible.  I’ve done that kind of formula in the past and it’s usually been really accurate and for some reason, this time, it was the worst cut I’ve ever had. I was still three pounds over. I did the last three pounds in the sauna and had no energy. We had to pull off some extreme measures.

You can appreciate those people who want to lose weight but don’t get paid to train, like you do.
I can totally relate, people always ask me how to do it and it’s a lot of hard work and dedication to the diet. A lot of people think there is some secret out there or some magic, but it’s about following a really strict diet that isn’t always fun, but it does the trick.

It’s tough, I enjoy eating bad things. I wish there was a secret I could tell people but sticking to a diet requires some mental toughness. I know I can’t eat certain things and that I can’t eat other thing after a certain time of night. For me, it’s staying away from the carbs late at night. At a certain time of the night I just cut it off and after that its just water.

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