Shredded Physique of MMA Fighters


“Jones is preparing for a championship fight in April—UFC has made no formal announcement—when he plans to get his belt back. He’s been powerlifting to get back into shape, and it shows: He looks utterly shredded.”

— Jon “Bones” Jones Reveals His Insane Body Transformation After Powerlifting for Only 7 Months by Christina Simonetti


The Powerlifting movements are the foundation of any well designed training program. That includes getting shredded and preparing to kick ass in a UFC main event fight. Jon Jones is using Powerlifting training to do both at the same time.

The big moves (Bench Press, Squat, and Deadlift) forces your entire body to work as complete kinematic system to produce maximal forces. Weightlifting (Snatch, Clean & Jerk) and Powerlifting movements can burn more calories, build more muscle, and maximize/optimize neural integration better than any other exercises.

For a MMA fighter this means you are going punch and kick more explosively, shoot harder and faster, and have more strength on the ground. For those wanting to get to lose weight and get shredded, it means you get results faster. The hypertrophy developed from these movements is mostly myofribrillar, which is what gives MMA fighters and lower weight class lifters that “hard” look.

Physics and biomechanics decree: Powerlifting is for you.

*For quoted article, visit: Men’s Fitness

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