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Ultimate Warrior Workouts (Training for Warriors): Fitness Secrets of the Martial Arts Paperback – May 4, 2010
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In Ultimate Warrior Workouts, the exciting follow-up to the highly successful Training for Warriors, world renowned fitness instructor Martin Rooney travels to the top martial arts destinations around the globe to bring back a six-month training program based on fitness secrets from the world’s best fighters in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Muay Thai, Sambo, Judo and more.
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“Martin Rooney is a god among men, and if he told me that the proper way to strength train for MMA was to wrestle with pigs in their own excrement, I would do it, he’s that good!” — Forrest Griffin, New York Times Bestselling Author of Got Fight? and Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
“Martin Rooney is the foremost leader when it comes to training combat athletes. Under the teachings in Ultimate Warrior Workouts, I gained valuable strength for my UFC career.” — Frankie Edgar, Top Ranked UFC Lightweight Contender
“Martin Rooney’s warrior program combined with new training ideas from around the world? This book is a must for anyone serious about fitness, fighting, or both.” — Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira, Former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion and Pride FC Champion
“Martin Rooney’s program was a key component in my world title fight preparation and victory. This training is the Real Deal.” — Brian Bowles, WEC Bantamweight Champion and #1 ranked 135 pound fighter in the world
From the Back Cover
Are You Ready to Take The Warrior Challenge?
World-renowned fitness coach Martin Rooney will take you where no warrior has gone before. On an epic international quest, Rooney traveled to top-fight destinations around the globe to study and train under the last living masters in the eight core disciplines of Mixed Martial Arts. More than 1,000 full-color photos reveal hundreds of the original training secrets he discovered along the way, from the slopes of Japan's Mt. Fuji and the beaches of Brazil to the streets of Russia. With nearly fifty varieties of push-ups, dozens of kettlebell exercises, and hundreds of unique training techniques, Ultimate Warrior Workouts also offers:
- A complete six-month workout program
- Cutting-edge nutrition ADVICE and a sample diet plan
- "Warrior Challenges" to assess your fitness level
- The history and philosophy of the arts that comprise mixed martial arts
- ASIN : 0061735221
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Illustrated edition (May 4, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780061735226
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061735226
- Item Weight : 2.74 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.88 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #728,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now for the bad stuff. I study sport exercise so my views are based on what I was hoping for in this book. Mr Rooney does not give how the exercises he has chosen are used by the respective gyms in the context of their programs. Say for example with the muay thai section he doesn't say when yodsanklai would use the chin up variations in his program i.e. If he has separate sessions for conditioning or he does them before or after pads, reps, what a sample template for training at the gym would be etc. Another gripe he doesn't break down the science of his program. I know for someone like him he shouldn't be giving everything away but this is what I'm interested in and its highly unlikely that I'm going to be able to get his Parisi Speed School gym to do an internship with him any time soon. I live in New Zealand and can only dream. And to be honest with a bit of research I'm sure it would be possible to work this out. Also highly doubt this book is targeted at the trainer as much as the fighter. Back to supertraining for me.
All these bad point aside this an excellent resource for those interested in the fitness aspect of MMA. A six month program from Mr Rooney is worth more than the price of this book, and the extra information on the various martial arts is a bonus.
This book is a MUST for anyone whose interested in the History and Training for today's MMA fighter. If you're interested in getting yourself in the best possible condition for what it takes to be a top level MMA fighter, this is the BEST book for you. The reason I say this is because the proof is in the pudding, Martin has been producing some of the best MMA fighters in the country for the past 8 years, fastest NFL combine athletes past 10 years, and medal winners for the Olympics. Like I said before, it's the best book's of it's kind you'll find.
The problem is there is no specific plan for each. Yes, he has a workout at the end which uses exercises from the whole book but if you dont want to add certain exercises or are training only in a specific area you are out of luck.
For example: If I am doing stand up training how many ab exercises does he recommend? I figured that somewhere in the book he would have say a Jiu Jitsu workout or a Muay Thai training regiment since he went to Thailand and took all those good pics. But alas he seems to be more interested in his total body workout regime which is fine but I wanted something more.
So I guess if you are a fighter arleady and looking for some different exercises this is a good pick up, but if you want some more guidance then I would definatly look at it at the book store before purchasing.
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If you are on a shoe string budget, you can follow the program without purchasing the prior book if you already have solid warm up, flexibility and barbell complexes you can plug in.
I enjoy the way this program supports the martial art focus as opposed to competing with it. You leave the gym invigorated not crushed. Highly recommended.
Martin has a great writing style that I love and his passion for fitness and the Martial arts really jump off the pages. The book is beautifully put together and lots of colour photos that are really helpful. The chapters of each on the fighting styles contain a good introduction to the history of each of the fighting styles and a wide variety of exercises that come from each of the places he traveled to to learn. There is very little overlap in the chapters in terms of the individual exercises which is well done. There are no programes in the individual chapters but with a little imagination on the part of the reader this is not a problem. There is also a very helpful section on nutrition.
Where I find fault with this book is the 6 month programme at the end. There are large chunks of the 6 month programme that are not contained in the book at all but published in Rooney's first book 'Training for Warriors'. I understand that Rooney was trying to avoid overlap, however you will struggle to do the 6 month programme if you do not own or have access to 'Training for Warriors'.
To Conclude: A good book with loads of new exercises that you will be eager to try, and include in your current workout; but I just felt that it was a supplement to 'Training for Warriors'