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This study surveyed 32 athletes competing at a mixed martial arts (MMA) event held in Butte, Montana. The survey attempted to gather information regarding overall training volume, supplement use, volume change and specific exercises used. The survey return rate was 100 percent (32/32). Twenty-five of 32 athletes supplemented their training with strength training. Overall frequency of strength training ranged from one to six sessions/week, and overall frequency of fighting-specific training sessions/weel ranged from two to 10. Two of the 32 athletes used/had used anabolic-androgenic steroids. Sixteen MMA athletes performed exercises specifically for the neck musculature, and eight use the power clean within their strength-training program. Results suggested that strength and conditioning speciialists should educate the importance of, volume variation and periodization, balanced training, effective exercises, and the side effects of anabolic steroid use.


Originally published in Intermountain Journal of Sciences, Vol. 16, No. 1-3, 2010, pp. 51-54.

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