The Science Behind Why MMA Is One Of The Best Ways To Get Fit

Nowadays, a lot of people are finding different ways to get fit. Some have tried various fitness methods to shed a couple of pounds, but have failed because of an improper training program, a bad diet, or even running out of motivation due to their slow progress on the scales.

Thankfully, mixed martial arts (MMA) has proven to be one of the most fun and effective ways to get fit. Not only does the sport promote weight loss, but its training guarantees a plethora of benefits to your body, such as an increase in muscle memory or valuable self-defense skills.

Besides, the chance to make new friends will ensure that you do not run out of steam halfway through your workout. These factors combined are why MMA could be the fitness solution you’ve been looking for.

Today, Evolve Daily shares why MMA has been scientifically proven to be one of the best methods towards a fitter you.


1) Mental Aspect  

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ONE Superstar Amir Khan from the EVOLVE Fight Team working the heavy bag.

Because of the high volume of training during a usual 60-minute or 90-minute class, you are bound to benefit in two ways – physically and mentally.

Many practitioners overlook the importance of mental toughness throughout a fitness program, but in today’s environment, you must be mentally tough to achieve all your goals. The daily stressors and anxious situations of this generation have led to several mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Attending a class will toughen up your mindset, which will subsequently aid in your fitness and weight loss journey. MMA cultivates one with positive learning experiences, will power, self-regulation, and motivation. The motivation you learn in class, if applied properly, could help a practitioner stay sharp in and out of their respective martial arts gym.

Besides that, the sport also emphasizes a lot on mindfulness and meditation. Having a stress-free mind is very important if you want to pick up new skills, which eventually leads to getting in the best shape of your life.  A positive mindset will allow you to believe that your target is within your reach, so create a proper weekly training regime, visualize your target, and write down your goals, and continue doing so, even after you have achieved your initial goal.


2) Total Body Workout 

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Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao training at Evolve MMA (Far East Square) in Singapore.

Apart from sizable differences to your physique, practicing one of the fastest-growing sports in the world also promotes explosiveness and strength.

There are various types of MMA workouts, and at a gym like Evolve MMA, you will be guided from day one by World Champion athletes who are perfect examples of how to lose weight and get in shape through MMA.

MMA training involves intensive aerobic and anaerobic exercises. Aerobic exercise stimulates the heart rate and breathing rate to increase in a way that can be sustainable for a given workout, while anaerobic is an activity that causes you to be quickly out of breath, like sprinting or even MMA. A study on the physiological characters in five active male MMA athletes found that MMA does a great job at building both aerobic and anaerobic fitness.

Another key aspect of MMA is strength-based training. A lot of martial arts techniques, such as throwing a kick, throwing a one-two punch combination, or attempting a submission, involves a lot of simultaneous activity from a couple of muscle groups. Though it might sound complicated, the process fun, especially if you are surrounded by a team of dedicated coaches.


3) Great Calorie-Torching Activity 

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Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao from the EVOLVE Fight Team training at Evolve MMA (Far East Square).

A regular one-hour MMA training session that incorporates strength training, cardiovascular workouts, and techniques can burn up to 1,000 calories! On top of that, MMA forces you to change speeds and learn new movements and techniques, which promotes growth in both the fast and slow-twitch muscles.

Although burning calories is the first step to losing weight, the ultimate key to weight loss still lies in a caloric deficit, meaning that you must burn more calories than your daily calorific intake, forcing your body to burn off fat to access extra energy. So pair your MMA training with a healthy diet.


4) It’s Not Boring 

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ONE Strawweight World Champion Xiong Jing Nan from the EVOLVE Fight Team is China’s first-ever MMA World Champion.

If you know anyone who regularly attends an MMA class, ask them whether they have attended a boring class? Chances are you are probably never going to meet an MMA practitioner who feels that way.

MMA classes are always taught by a professional athlete or a coach who has dedicated his life to the sport. Each class will be different, and you are bound to pick up something new every day, whether it’s a drill, a valuable piece of advice, or a new training partner.

Though you may doubt your progress at times, remember to trust the process. Things will eventually fall into place.


If you are looking to try out an MMA class in Singapore, pay us a visit at Evolve MMA! Book a trial class to kickstart your journey in this discipline, getting the perfect first-hand experience as to why it is one of the most effective ways to lose weight.

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If you have any other questions regarding Evolve MMA and the programs we offer, you can get in touch with our membership executives at the following locations:

Evolve MMA (Far East Square)
26 China Street
Far East Square #01-01
Singapore 049568
Phone: (65) 6536 4525

Evolve MMA (Orchard Central)
181 Orchard Road
#06-01 Orchard Central
Singapore 238896
Phone: (65) 6536 4556

Evolve MMA (KINEX)
11 Tanjong Katong Road
#02-52 KINEX
Singapore 437157
Phone: (65) 6288 2293

Evolve MMA (Clarke Quay Central)
6 Eu Tong Sen Street
#04-18 Clarke Quay Central
Singapore 059817
Phone: (65) 6226 2150

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