Should You Restrict Caffeine Before Competition To Resensitize To It?

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I recently received an email from someone who had purchased the Sigma Weight Cutting System for MMA & Boxing, asking why I had advised athletes stop caffeine consumption in the final 7-10 days before competition. This is an interesting one because my stance has slightly changed on this matter in recent times. So I’d like to outline both my original thinking, and some opposing thoughts, in this piece. As you already likely know, caffeine is quite the stimulant. And its effects are very quickly noticeable. And the literature supporting it’s beneficial impacts on strength [1] [2], endurance [3] and sports performance [4] … Read More

SNR #217: Israel Halperin, PhD – Combat Sport Science, S&C Coaching & Motor Learning (Guest Hosted by Ciaran O’ Regan)

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSShare this episode on Facebook Episode 217: Special guest host Ciaran O’ Regan interviews Dr. Israel Halperin about research and application of S&C coaching. How to Listen Listen on Spotify Listen on iTunes (iOS) Listen on Stitcher Get podcast RSS feed Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts Guest Bio Israel Halperin, PhD Israel is a post-doctoral researcher at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Israel completed his PhD at Edith-Cowan University, Australia in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). His research centered on the effects coaching feedback has on the … Read More

SNR #182: Reid Reale, PhD – Research on Water Loading & Making Weight Practices in Combat Sport

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSShare this episode on Facebook Episode 182: Researcher and BJJ black belt, Reid Reale discusses his research on water loading strategies in weight cutting for combat sports, as well as other methods used to make weight effectively.  Get the podcast on iTunes (iOS) Get the podcast on Stitcher (Android app) Get podcast RSS feed Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts Guest Bio Reid Reale Reid recently completed a PhD, focusing on weight cutting techniques and body composition of combat sport athletes. This work was carried out in … Read More

The 3 Principles of Strength & Conditioning for Combat Sports

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Share this post on Facebook Let’s face it, combat sports are nuts. In choosing to partake in combat sports, we are willingly putting ourselves into positions in which our bodies are at great risk. We essentially prepare ourselves day in and day out to come out on top when we finally test our damage-inducing and avoidance capabilities against those of our opponents. This element of health risk is not a bad thing. Rather, in my eyes, it is what makes combat sports such a powerful “vehicle for the development of your human potential”, to quote Joe Rogan. The sheer intensity … Read More

Making the Cut, Part III: Supplements for Combat Sport Fighters

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Supplementation. This could be a 4-part series in itself. However, I’ll skip on some details to get to: which supplements actually work which don’t and which are actually worth investing in. A brief point to consider before I go into this: If you don’t have the foundations discussed in part I in place, don’t worry about supplements. Sort those foundations out first. Ok, let’s start with what supplements can enhance training performance. Here’s the ones that are actually going to work: Supplementation for Performance Creatine Most effective supplement out there. Most researched supplement out there. It works. It’s safe. Take it. Don’t believe … Read More