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The Best MMA Cardio Workout

Prepare to go the distance in this five-round MMA conditioning circuit.

THE WORKOUT

Round 1
Warmup: 3 Minutes Total Work
Jump rope for three minutes; rest 90 seconds.

Round 2
4 Minutes Total Work
Shadowbox for two minutes. Then perform the circuit of exercises for two more minutes:
Shadowbox
Stay light on your feet and throw jabs, crosses, hooks, and uppercuts at an imaginary opponent. Keep your hands up.
Bodyweight Squat
Stand with feet shoulder width and toes turned slightly out. Bend your hips back and squat as low as you can. Aim for 20 reps.
Pushup
Perform conventional pushups, aiming for 20 reps.
Plank
Get into pushup position and then bend your elbows so your forearms lie flat on the floor. Brace your abs and hold the position until the end of two minutes.

Round 3
5 Minutes Total Work
Perform the following combinations on the heavy bag and then jump rope for the remainder of five minutes.
50 jabs
50 crosses
50 jabs and crosses
25 jabs, crosses, and hooks
Jump rope

Round 4
5 Minutes Total Work
Perform the following combinations on a heavy bag and then jump rope for the remainder of five minutes. 
Alternating knee strikes
Duration: 60 seconds 
Alternating kicks
60 seconds 
50 jabs and kicks
50 crosses and kicks
Jump rope

Round 5
5 Minutes Total Work
Perform the following grappling drills on the floor for five minutes.
10 Forward rolls
10 Backward rolls
100 Situps
Ground and pound

(place a heavy bag or shield on the floor; mount, and strike it)
15 Pushups
Jump rope

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