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Old 01-08-2013, 01:29 PM   #1
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OPT on 8 Weeks Out

James Fitzgerald takes a conditioning test, and does an interview with Joel Jamieson from 8weeksout.com. Cool video, worth a watch: http://www.8weeksout.com/2013/01/08/...-conditioning/ (WFS)
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:17 PM   #2
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Re: OPT on 8 Weeks Out

Oops...I reposted this in the Fitness thread.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:48 PM   #3
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Oh well- I think it's a good watch, even if you aren't interested in MMA.
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Re: OPT on 8 Weeks Out

That's a bizarre test of fitness. Timed distances using machines:

Rower
Woodway Force
Endless Rope
Jacob's Ladder
Spin Bike
Versaclimber

I can see how easily measurable these tests would be, but what do the specific movements have to do with MMA fighting? How are the guys who get higher scores fitter than the others? It's simply a test of cardio that favors those who train on these machines.
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That's a bizarre test of fitness. Timed distances using machines:

Rower
Woodway Force
Endless Rope
Jacob's Ladder
Spin Bike
Versaclimber

I can see how easily measurable these tests would be, but what do the specific movements have to do with MMA fighting? How are the guys who get higher scores fitter than the others? It's simply a test of cardio that favors those who train on these machines.
I think it's just one of many assessments Joel uses for general aerobic capacity and power. It's used for his athletes, so they train with those machines.

The specific movements don't have to be related to MMA, because of what I wrote above. From what I've read, Joel does use more MMA specific movements as part of his fighters' conditioning, but it's mostly in training camp closer to a fight.
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It's simply a test of cardio
This is the important bit right here. What Joel is looking for with these tests is to be able to test and measure an athlete's aerobic power production for general fitness purposes- hence, the 2nd top score being owned by the baseball player.
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