When you think of MMA fighters, what all do you think about? Ripped abs? Amazing physical bodies? Endurance? What makes someone a truly standout MMA fighter? One such standout MMA fighter would be none other than Canada’s own pride and joy, Georges St-Pierre. He’s the current welterweight champion of UFC and one of the most outstanding fighters in all of MMA history. He’s definitely a man who knows exactly how to be on top of his fighting game at any day of the week and during any of his particular fights. GSP knows how to keep the pressure on and ultimately not buckle under pressure as his win over Nick Diaz in Montreal, QC on March 16, 2013. GSP kept his cool as Nick talked smack and ultimately was humbled by a GSP victory.
GSP has only lost two bouts in his entire UFC career, and ended up quickly avenging both of them in successive bouts. He keeps a lean figure in order to remain qualified in the welterweight division and continue his prestigious career going strong. He has won his last eleven fights in a row through both unanimous decisions or submissions and technical knock outs!
In order to have all of this success, you’d think that GSP would need an incredible regimen that puts many different types of workout schedules to shame? GSP has quite the rigid and thorough workout plan to ensure his health and his fighting abilities remain in top form, which is especially required of someone defending one of the most popular and sought after titles. As part of GSP’s workout, he exercises with people who are better at him at a given fighting discipline. Whether it is a boxer, wrestler or jujitsu fighter, he always wants to be challenged in how he competes and learns how to be better than what he was before. It helps him develop his skills rather than fighting someone who is of equal skill or just regular sparring partners.
One way GSP exercises involves a 150+ pound barbell snatch. GSP always starts out with a barbell snatch because it helps activate every muscle in his lower body before it goes to his upper body level. It’s these little details that set GSP’s workout routine from just about everyone else. Bench presses are next for GSP, followed by chin-ups and various other full-body workouts. GSP notes that any workout that is mentally easy means you really haven’t exerted yourself to your max in the gym.
With GSP’s balanced workout schedule involving conditioning and technique training, he goes to the gym six days a week, twice daily. When he is further away from a fight, he’ll practice just one given fighting discipline a day (boxing, wrestling or others), as well as train with people who specialize in that particular field. It helps him develop stamina, striking force and reflexes necessary to make lightning fast decisions when in the ring.
With this specialized training, you get to see GSP from behind a wall with glass to make sure that he can focus on his exercising without the need to have onlookers possibly distract him. It’s a real treat for those at the gym during this time. This particular training lasts for about 60 minutes before GSP is done with it. Most peoples’ exercise routine doesn’t even last as long as parts of GSP’s daily routines. The man is truly a machine and shows absolute focus and dedication to both his health and his career as a premier MMA fighter.
It’s not just the physical that GSP has to focus on, it’s also the mental workout that needs to be seen too. Confidence is definitely something that every fighter needs to have in order to avoid certain defeat. Making sure you stay on top of your game is one way of securing this. He also attests not fighting while you’re injured. It obviously drags your performance down and if you lose, will shake your confidence going into the next fight. Focus is also another big strength for GSP, considering he needs to make sure that, win or lose, he can focus and maintain his abilities without wanting to quit or get angry, which can cause fatal mistakes in a match.
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