February Trainer of the Month

Posted: 5th February 2014 by Ingrid in Articles

Clarence Jordan is our newest trainer at SGT Peterson’s. Apart from being a trainer, Clarence competes in Mixed Martial Arts, and trains at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy. So how does one reach success for Clarence? Planning, Discipline and Consistency.
“Discipline has been the thing that carries me through my life, like everyone else, I’m flawed, but when I’m successful it’s preparing; doing something correctly. I prepare for the worst, doing what I’ve been taught.”
Clarence suggests that when training goals are not necessarily reached, stepping back and analyzing the situation is key. If something is not working, it might be time to try something new. Sometimes it takes a few trials to find what works for you.
“The main thing is you need a plan, then you stick to it until it works or doesn’t. There should be at least a plan or direction. You have to have an idea of how you are going to achieve your goal.”
It all started his sophomore year of High School in Waterloo, Iowa, where Clarence first became interested in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). His high school wrestling coach approached him in the hallways and he began wrestling in eleventh grade. After high school, Clarence first trained at a junior college, then he moved to Baker University where he studied Exercise Science. His final year of college he became an assistant coach and began training for MMA simultaneously. He was twenty-three years old when he had his first professional fight.
The style of training for fighting is different from other disciplines because the athlete has to peak throughout the year, whereas other sports have specific seasons for which they plan for. A training camp for MMA typically is about eight weeks, and days are split between conditioning and technique. For example, the athlete might train skill and technique in the morning, rest during the day, and lift weights at night. The type of strength done is important; because MMA fighters must be explosive, have good cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility. Exercises that would cater to this include isometric action to explosive, like squat jumps with a pause at the bottom. This style of training is gaining popularity in the fitness industry because the workouts are all inclusive and balanced meaning they stimulate speed, power, strength, and flexibility as well as utilizing aerobic and anaerobic capacities. Jogging or riding a bicycle both have cardiovascular benefits, MMA-style training can develop equal or superior cardiovascular results. You don’t need to be an MMA fighter to train like one, so maybe take a break from your treadmill or stationary bike and try out one of Clarence’s boot camps.

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