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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061374334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061374333
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.4 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“If you want what other warriors don’t have, you need to do what other warriors don’t do. I want victories and that’’s why I follow this program.” (Ricardo Almeida, UFC, Pride FC veteran and Middleweight King of Pancrase)

“This training is intense—and it gives me the strength, speed, and endurance I need to take on and defeat the world.” (Roger Gracie, 2005 ADCC Absolute and 2007 BJJ World Absolute Champion)

“If you’re tired of being the nail, let Martin Rooney turn you into the hammer!” (Renzo Gracie, ADCC and Pride Fighting Champion)

“Rooney gets the most out of MMA fighters. He doesn’t stop at physical conditioning. What separates him from other top-flight trainers is his strict emphasis on being mentally prepared.” (Frank McNeil, ESPN.com)

“You have it all in the book. As someone who has seen the benefit of innovative, functional, and sport specific exercises, I think Martin Rooney is giving people a tremendous advantage in their MMA training with this book.” (Kenny “Kenflo” Florian, UFC Fighter and BJJ black belt)

“A fantastic book! The approach of associating MMA techniques with the exercises that will help improve them is something people will not have seen before.” (Kid Peligro, Acclaimed martial arts author and BJJ black belt)

About the Author

Internationally recognized fitness and martial arts expert Martin Rooney is the creator of the Training for Warriors System and the COO of the Parisi Speed School. More than 500,000 athletes have taken part in his programs, and he has prepared hundreds of athletes for the UFC, NFL, NBA, MLB, WNBA, Major Division I colleges, and the Olympics.


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For anyone who want the conditioning edge, this is the book.
R. Donald
There are detailed pictures and captions explaining the various steps of each workout which makes it very easy to follow.
M. Davies
The training exercised and workout programs in this book have taken our strength and conditioning to new levels.
Sean J. Santella

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Donald on June 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Martin Rooney has effectively given us the conditioning road map. The book is of the highest quality, the photographs are excellent, the editorial succint and clear. For anyone who want the conditioning edge, this is the book.

Fighter or not TFW provides a broad range of excercises and drills. The book follows a logical path giving an overview of MMA and then gets into Warrior Anatomy covering warm-ups, training by bodypart (don't confuse this with traditional body split training) and then goes on to cover specific programs, nutrition and injuries. You can follwo the programs or mix it up and simply focus on the areas that you need to work.

As for the weight training aspect, I'm a RKC Kettlebell instructor and consequently the Kettlebell is my tool of choice. I simpy us kettlebell drill and lifts to replace the conventional weighted drills.

The most valuable aspect of TFW is the way it translates many conventional drills into a MA context.

Most important, once you've read the text, looked at the pics...Go Train!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark Uyeyama on April 17, 2008
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Martin has once again out done himself. Training for warriors is a must have. This book is not only for MMA athletes and coaches it is for all professionals in the field of strength and conditioning. The quallity of information is second to none. Having over ten years of experience in the field of strength and conditioning and over twenty years in martial arts I can honestly say you are not going to find a more comprehensive and practical book. I consider this book, as absolutely essential for anybody serious about strength training. I use this book as a resource daily and strongly recommend it.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Issa on January 26, 2009
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For a bunch of isolated exercises -- "neck," "legs" -- for MMA, this book is really extensive. But that's pretty much all it is, and there's no context, really. No overall plan; limited nutrition information; nothing really about cardio systems and training them for MMA. Nothing much about putting it all together, just "here's a bunch of strength training movements you can pick and choose from," which I suppose is fine, but I get the sense that Rooney really knows his stuff, so the book could have been a lot more helpful to the sort of person who would buy it in the first place.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. D. on August 20, 2009
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This book even if you use it only as a reference for ideas or as a stand alone is well done. It points out the importance of working and training every part of the body to eliminate weak points and prevent injuries. Everything from the neck all the way down to the ankles and feet, with everything in between. I only wish alittle more detail was giving for training the lower back but other then that this is a good buy.

I have it myself and have used a few of the excercise and I have no regret at all. Even a few of my friends have taken some things from the book.

And of course it has a nutrition section, but if you know your basic's then nothing out of the ordinary here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sako Hartounian on July 1, 2008
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This book contains everything you need to know when it comes to fitness for mixed martial arts and combat sports. Almost every single exercise that has existed in the history of the world for every single part of the human body is in this book. There are many combat sport-specific drills, but there are also your typical gym fitness routines. Even if you're not a mixed martial artist and don't have any plans to be one, this book will still serve your needs as a fitness enthuasist. There is a chapter for every muscle group, which contain about 15-30 different exercises each. There are also sections on diet and nutrition, cutting weight, and flexibility, there is the beginning section explaining the philosophy behind being a warrior and why hardwork and preserverance is important. When I say this book has everything, I'm not kidding. Once you have this book, all you'll need to get in shape from this point on is hard work and disipline, such as getting off your butt to go to the gym and staying away from pizzas and bacon cheeseburgers. There are too many exercises in this book, you can't do all of them. Just pick out 5 exercises and let that be your fitness routine for the next three weeks and pick another 5 exercises for the three weeks after that, changing up the routine every three weeks, you should get results in a few months because of muscular confusion(your body constantly changing to adapt to different physical activities).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Davies on May 20, 2008
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This book is exactly as it's titled: Training For Warriors. It features multiple workouts and training routines for each muscle group, important stretches, weight cutting info, and dietary guides. There are detailed pictures and captions explaining the various steps of each workout which makes it very easy to follow.

The training exercises range from beginner level to advanced intensity. You will not be able to do all of these exercises at first. I like that aspect because it gives you goals and challenges to work toward.

Another thing I like about this book is that the exercises are not simply routines with free wieghts or demonstrations on machines at a gym. There are many alternative strength training techniques which do not require a much, if any, additional equipment.

A great aspect of Traing For Warriors is that these excersises target many muscles within a muscle group and not just a single muscle. This allows you to build and strengthen your target muscle(s) together with core, stablizer, and secondary muscles, as opposed to isolating a single muscle. Ultimately that is the best way to achieve the strength of necesary to be a competetive MMA fighter.

Lastly there is some very thorough and detailed information regarding how to diet. It even lays out meal plans for diffent types of diets, whether you be cutting, maintaining, or adding wieght.

Overall I rate the information and techniques in this book very high. I would definitely recommend it to anyone in search of a deeper knowlege of how to properly train to enter the MMA world. This book will serve as a valuable reference time and time again.
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