Originally Posted by StrangeGator
Then my question is how do you prepare for a sport where you elevate your HR to the 175+ range without elevating your heart that high in a workout? You can't maintain that kind of exertion through a typical steady state workout.
I dropped my HIIT for several weeks, partly based on your comments. It was quite a while before I noticed any drop off, but I did get more gassed in my advanced class and during seminars. I picked it back up about three weeks ago, and by last week, even my dojo mates noticed how much better I've been doing. The more intense the class, the better I do relative to everyone else. It's great when everyone else is getting gassed and I'm getting my second wind.
Oh, I hope I didn't come close to recommending that you drop HIIT altogether for MMA. Yes, you see boxers doing roadwork. But they also jump rope and do burpees.
I'm just reacting to the current trend wherein that's all fighters ever do. I'm advocating for a more balanced approach. In fact, I posted a thread awhile back on the limitations of HIIT. I don't think you need to do much of it to maintain your anaerobic fitness levels.