You will learn the following techniques utilized by the top experts in the world: Exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, sports nutrition, sports psychology and conditioning program design (all as it pertains to MMA). In addition, you will also learn Olympic weightlifting techniques, powerlifting techniques, bodyweight exercises, TRX, and kettlebell training specific to MMA. And, finally, you will learn the most effective and proven sport-specific conditioning drills for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Judo, Sambo, Vale Tudo, K1 and others.

    • Introduction To MMA  Conditioning Coaching
      • General Adaptation Syndrome
      • Energy Systems
      • Anatomy and Physiology
        • Muscular System
        • Skeletal System
        • Nervous System
        • Cardiovascular System
        • Respiratory System
        • Endocrine System
      • Basic Biomechanics
        • Kinematics
          • Types of Movement
          • Describing Human Movement
          • Linear Kinematics
          • Angular Kinematics
        • Kinetics
          • Forces on the Human Body
          • Linear Kinetics
          • Angular Kinetics
    • Training Science
      • Assessments
        • Health Assessments
        • Fitness Assessments
          • Biomechanic/Movement Assessments
          • Cardiovascular Assessments
          • Metabolic Assessments
        • Skill (MMA Specific) Assessments
      • Program Design
        • Maximizing Performance
          • Proper Progression
          • SAID
          • Specificity
          • Transfer
        • Minimizing Injury
      • Program Design Application
        • Progression for Mixed Martial Artists
        • Advanced Training Protocols
          • Olympic Lifting
            • Clean and Jerk
            • Snatch
          • Powerlifting
            • Squat
            • Deadlift
            • Bench Press
          • Speed, Agility and Quickness Drills
            • Lower Body Drills
            • Upper Body Drills
            • Full Body Drills
          • Kettlebells
            • Turkish Get Up (and variations)
            • 2-Arm Swings (and variations)
            • Front Squat (and variations)
          • Bodyweight Training/TRX
          • High Intensity Circuits
            • Tabata
            • Hurricanes
            • IMPULSE
          • Medicine Ball Training
          • Stability Training
    • MMA Specific Drills
    • Striking Drills
    • Stand-up Grappling Drills
    • Ground Grappling Drills
  • Safety and Injury Prevention
    • Fundamentals
    • Anatomy and Biomechanics of Common Injury Sites in MMA
      • ankle/foot
      • knee
      • hip
      • low back
      • neck
      • shoulder
      • elbow
      • wrist/hand
  • Nutrition Science
    • Nutrition for the Mixed Martial Artist
  • Sports Psychology for MMA

Sport psychology is the scientific study of people and their behaviors in sports and the practical application of that knowledge. Sport psychology coaches help people of all abilities increase sports and fitness performance while enhancing their overall enjoyment of physical activity.

There are two primary objectives to achieve high-level performance and results.

These objectives are to understand how psychological factors affect an individual’s physical performance, and to understand how participation in sport and fitness affects a person’s psychological development, health and well-being. Sport psychology coaches deals with increasing performance by managing emotions and minimizing the psychological effects of injury and poor performance.

Most performance challenges that athletes and other fitness enthusiasts have are not always a result of poor conditioning, improper coaching or a lack of physical skills or technical ability. Obviously, these physical or mechanical factors can lower performance. However, when the pressure is on, the person or team that falls apart most often does so because of mental factors like nervousness, intimidation, lagging concentration, negativity, lack of confidence or an inability to release past mistakes. You, the Sports Psychology Coach, will guide your client to smoothly move through these challenges

A vital part of sports psychology is imagery; the process by which you can create, modify or strengthen pathways important to the coordination of your muscles, by training purely within your mind. Imagination is the driving force of imagery.

Achievement Motivation – our position on success and failure – are we striving to succeed or trying to avoid failing? As many coaches have stated, “Winners take responsibility and know where to place credit or blame, but Losers always look for excuses beyond their control.”

Achievement Orientation – our perception of how stable our ability level is. If we take a task approach, we believe that we can develop abilities, helping them grow and improve. If we take the ego approach, we believe that all our abilities are a part of who we are and there is nothing we can do to change them.

Affirmation – a positive statement of belief about ourselves. We write these statements to help us gain confidence in the choices we have made and to remind us that we are making progress. An affirmation is always written in first person and in present tense (i.e. “I am in control of my emotional response to criticism at all times.”). We repeat these affirmations several times each day in order to make them an integral part of our thought process. After all, what do we have to lose by thinking positively about our abilities at all times?

Sports Psychology Program

Analysis – a process developed by Sigmund Freud and his successors in which the analyst carries on extensive discussions with the client in order to examine their past behavior patterns and compare them with current ones so a hypothesis can be formed about why they behave as they do. With a sincere effort and some insight on the client’s part, they can eventually become self-analyzing, maintaining their own mental health continuously.

Anchoring – a technique used to make a strategy automatic. The subject associates a small physical action with a particular mental thought process. This may be something simple, like touching the thumb to the middle finger. The physical action triggers our mind to begin a specific process, perhaps a relaxation technique.

Arousal – our level of anxiety about a past, present, or future event. There are two types of arousal: (1) Trait arousal is your own personal “normal” level – it’s just how excited you usually are; (2) State arousal is the level at which you function during important and stressful events. As with most functions, there is an appropriate and helpful level of arousal, and a dysfunctional level. The arousal continuum indicates our relative level of anxiety (from none to extreme): sleepy – bored – interested – excited – anxious. Circumstances help determine the appropriate level of arousal for us, e.g. some churches appreciate excitement while others think it inappropriate. Being overly anxious is seldom useful to us in any situation, though it is sometimes unavoidable.Sport Psychology training certification

Attribution – how we explain the causes of our successes and failures. There are two measures of attribution: (1) Causal elements are the reasons we bring up, whether we emphasize their positive or negative impact – ability, effort, task difficulty, and luck; (2) Causal dimensions are the way we measure the types of reasons we use – internal/external, stable/unstable, controllable/uncontrollable. Therefore to say, “We lost because the other team was just better than we were.” is to use a causal element of ability and a causal dimension of external/stable/uncontrollable (even if those reasons are not objectively correct).

Autotelic – literally, “self projection”. It is our ability to fully put our entire energy and all our skills fully into whatever task is at hand. I sometimes use the phrase “active reading” or “active viewing” to refer to the same general principle – when we read a book, putting ourselves in the place of the character, visualizing what he sees, smelling even the smells, we are having an autotelic experience. It makes any activity worth doing simply for the fun of it.

Behavior Modification – a structured process by which we retrain ourselves or someone else to behave in a more productive way. By a careful application of reinforcement (and perhaps punishment), we condition the subject to behave the way we want them to behave (even if that is our self). I really like Reese’s Cups, and I would really like to improve my putting skills. If I decide that I will reward myself with a sweet whenever I make 4 of 10 putts from over 15 feet, I am engaging in my own behavior modification. This process occurs around us every day.




What is biomechanics and why is it important to fitness professionals and personal trainers?

Biomechanics evaluates the motion and the actions of forces on that organism. Human biomechanics and the mechanical analysis of human performance come down to how the joints and muscles interact during motion and how the stress upon the joints hinders or helps movement during athletics. Having this knowledge enables the trainer to safely qualitatively assess an individual from a biomechanical standpoint and customize their instruction accordingly. Biomechanics is the science that is at the heart of all personal training and coaching.


Biomechanics is concerned with the internal and external forces that act on the human body and the effects produced by these forces. Most biomechanics textbooks state two primary goals for biomechanics in exercise training: performance enhancement and injury prevention/rehabilitation. Biomechanics enhances performance by using mechanical principles to improve an individual’s technique, the equipment they use (machine engineering), and to modify specific technique and training protocols the coach or trainer implements to help an individual achieve their goals. Similarly, for injury prevention and rehabilitation, biomechanics is used to develop techniques that reduce the chance of injury.

What is the goal of a coach or personal fitness trainer? To help trainees reach their goals in the most efficient, effective, and safest way possible. Compare this statement with the goals of biomechanics – to reach goals (performance enhancement) in the most efficient, effective, and safest (injury prevention) way possible.

Obtaining a good education, specific to exercise training, is to empower the coach or personal trainer with a solid foundation in science. This is particularly important to the subject of biomechanics. This said, the primary goal is to reinforce a perspective of exercise training in general. This perspective is:

Exercise is simply a mechanical stress placed on the body to which the body will adapt.

In order to fully understand this perspective and its importance, one must be willing to accept three premises.

Premise #1

The primary physiological effects of exercise (both good and bad) are in direct response to the mechanical stress placed on the body.

Exercise can be seen as a mechanical stress (Force/Area), placed on the body where the body must accept forces from external sources and respond by creating the appropriate internal forces (from the muscles and connective tissue) to create the appropriate movement. These stressors (both externally and internally) stimulate the physiological adaptations within the body. These physiological adaptations may be structural (adaptations to connective tissue such as muscle, bone, and fascia) or functional (neuromuscular adaptations such as motor learning).

Premise #2

In order to facilitate the proper adaptations for our trainees, we have to understand forces, how they are applied (how much, in what direction, over what range of motion, and at what speed), and how the tissues of the body will adapt to those forces.

Put simply, understanding forces and their effects are at the core of physical training ideologies. Coaches and trainers must remember that there are forces on us all the time (whether something is moving or not). If there is movement, there is a force that caused that movement.

Premise #3

Proper understanding and implementation of biomechanics is essential in all aspects of training (Assess – Design – Instruct – Reassess).

Much of the assessment process consists of postural and movement assessments. These assessments look at how the client’s body has adapted to forces imposed upon it over time. These assessments may indicate certain kinetic chain imbalances (short/tight muscles on one side of a joint) that need to be addressed. Identifying any deficit using assessment protocols must be addressed to ensure all forces are properly placed (optimal technique).

As previously stated, understanding how the body is going to adapt to the biomechanical stresses placed upon it is essential to individualized program design. The exercises chosen (and how they will be implemented) are based on the client’s goals and needs and your knowledge of how to make them adapt safely and efficiently. Once the exercises are chosen, exercise instruction is the area coaches and personal trainers associate with the importance of biomechanics. Put simply, understanding basic biomechanics is the basis of proper technique instruction. Optimizing technique in every exercise used ensures the forces in that movement are stressing the tissues correctly to ensure reaching goals and minimizing the risk of injuries.



Certified MMA Conditioning Coaches from the MMA Conditioning Association through (NESTA) have trained some of the top fighters in the world including: Alexander Gustafsson UFC, Michael Bisping UFC, Michael Bisping UFC Champion, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis former UFC Lightweight Champion, Tyron Woodley UFC Champion, Cris Cyborg UFC/Invicta, Dominick Cruz Former UFC World Champion, Ross Pearson UFC, Chris Leban UFC, Ed Herman UFC, Yushin Okami UFC, Phil Davis UFC, Nick Piedmont Bellator, Brandon Vera UFC, Johnny Cisneros Bellator, Joe Taimanglo Bellator, Michael Chandler Bellator, Mike Guymon, UFC/IFL/Bellator, Matt Van Buren Gladiator, Ernest “EJ” Chavez UFC, Chance Recountre RFC, Mark Hunt UFC/K-1, Mike Swick UFC, Soa Hulk Palelei III UFC, Bob Sapp Bellator, Anastasia Yankova Bellator, Genah Fabio-so Rizin Amirali Akbari UFC, Wang Sai OneFC, YuJen Jeff-Machine Huang ProFC/ONE.FC, Glenn Sparv and many others!


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