- Jan 26, 2015
Ok, so we agree the guy in the video was wrong when he said endurance athletes are skinny-fat.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 ring
I agree with you that distance runners don't have high strength. This is because excess muscle is detrimental to their sport. But there are lots of athletes who do distance work that are NOT weak. Additionally, the assertion that low bodyfat means an athlete will have poor endurance in MMA is demonstrably false. There are many, many ripped athletes competing at the highest levels of the sport that have exceptional stamina. Athletes such as Sean Sherk, GSP, Demetrious Johnson, to name a few. I agree it's not a requirement, as Cain Velasquez and the Diaz brothers show.
The following are facts:
- Many athletes with low bodyfat have great cardio.
- Many athletes known for strength and explosive power do roadwork.
- Distance athletes generate the highest power at threshold.