Everyone now knows who Conor McGregor is. The UFC star has grown to worldwide fame for his antics both inside and outside the octagon. What cannot be denied is that Conor is in amazing shape and despite not looking the biggest, he is physically in excellent shape. He fights with a mixed martial arts style which means his training revolves around style and control. His presence inside the octagon is one to be admired and he is often too formidable for his foes. He attributes his style as a mixture between mind, body and breath.
“If it doesn’t involve balance I don’t think it’s beneficial,” says McGregor. “I do yoga every day. I’m perfecting my handstand, I like the tree pose with a side leg extension and the plank/side plank.” He does not tend to stick to a schedule in what we would deem the traditional sense, instead, he chooses when he wakes up and just starts working out from the moment he’s up.
“I’m self-taught, and nothing is set by a clock,” says McGregor. “Yesterday, I did pool work, then went to the gym and did jiu-jitsu rounds, pad work, jump rope, core work, and dead hanging from objects.” Conor focuses on free-weight exercises as his training method. These focus on building both strength and balance at the same time. These can include exercises such as single leg barbell deadlifts which he practices quite often as he believes they are the best technique in improving his balance and leg striking ability. “My belief is my best asset, and I have a stronger mindset than my opponent,” he says.
When asked about his approaches to combat, Conor stated that: “I’ll enter the contest formless and fearless,” McGregor says. “He’s just a blank face and a new body.” he continued to describe how: “My coach and team have been with me since Day 1, and I look forward to raising the gold for them.”
To warm up Conor stars with some dynamic stretching for 10-15 minutes. Kicking off his training routine he focuses on some muscle ups, these last for 10 reps worth, moving on he then performs 10 reps of handstand push-ups. Barbell push presses are next, he usually carries out around 10 reps of these before working the heavy bag for around 20 – 30 minutes. He finishes this up with 20 – 30 minutes of grappling drills.
So there you have it, that is how Conor McGregor prepares for his UFC fights. Think you can train alongside him?