- Apr 24, 2020
Steady state cardio athletes have very low body fat and usually poor strength so they can't hang with the blast cardio requirements in MMA that require so much explosive strength that's why guys that average 20/30% body fat are so much more effective in the ringI don't understand the relevance of BF %age to the discussion.
Regarding steady state cardio, you're entitled to your opinion but it is undeniable that the athletes who can maintain the highest power output at threshold are steady state endurance athletes. There are plenty of world class combat athletes who have used roadwork as a staple of their training regimen. My power at threshold increased 40% in 6 months when I switched to distance work.
Steady state cardio lowers your testosterone and makes you weaker however it does give you a boost in Slow Burn cardio so you have plenty of energy to go jogging after youve been beaten in the ring buy a guy who concentrates on sparring for conditioning and likely walks around at 30% body fat to maintain the body's muscle building and strength building processes
As a veteran wrestling coach I watched thousands of young athletes cut below 20% body fat and crash on the mat because their bodies switched into conservation mode not into Power building mode... roadwork is an Abomination and is simply an archaic Vestige of old school thought patterns