Phew! What a weekend! – MMA Strength & Conditioning Certification


What a weekend! The MMA Strength & Conditioning Certification really lived up to expectations. Fifty Personal Trainers, MMA fighters and Strength & Conditioning coaches from all around the country came together to learn from one of the top conditioning coaches in the world- JC Santana.

JC owns and operates the world famous Institute of Human Performance (IHP), at Boca Raton in Florida. If you want to prepare for a fight or competition, JC is your man to ensure you peak at the right time, and in top shape.

UFC fighter Jeff Monson, and World Jiu Jitsu champion Pablo Popovitch are amongst the many athletes who have used JC’s revolutionary protocols to prepare for their gruelling battles. As someone who is looking to emulate this work and become a specialist in fighter strength and conditioning, I jumped at the opportunity to learn from the best!

Simple-yet effective

Most of the exercises learnt where simple- yet effective, using bands, slings and bodyweight to tax the nervous system and muscles, and groove movement patterns which are identical to combat situations. You just can’t get any more fight specific!The thing I loved most was JC’s honesty and simplistic way of looking at things. The fitness industry loves to complicate things in an effort to be taken seriously and to add validity to what is often common sense!
JC reffered to strength training of combat athletes as “Making you strong enough to break shit…including bones”!

Jeff Monson- UFC
The improvement of the clinch was paramount in the preparation of Jeff Monson leading up to his UFC fight. Monson, a heavyweight, could crush the head of an opponent to the extent that he would offer their neck for a choke submission. So JC had Monson using the sling and hang with a gable grip for up to 2 minutes for Strength Endurance.

If anyone wants to try this, I’m getting those slings, and believe me- I’ll be putting them to good use! This will have my toughest clients whimpering!

My favourite section was the bodyweight equipment- just a partner! Years back JC was asked to coach a wrestling team and had little equipment at the time. So he devised a bodyweight only programme, which made perfect sense as a fighter needs to be able to handle his own weight, and the weight of his opponent before going in to the realms of throwing artificial weight around!

 Chisel Your Chest
 JC’s “Chisel your chest” programme featured in Men’s Health is a big seller so far. One of the drills involved (feel free to try this!):

10 Press Ups with Left Hand on a Med Ball
10 Press Ups with Right Hand on a Med Ball
10 Press ups hopping hands from one side to the other
10 Press ups with both hands on ball
10 Explosive press up going from floor to ball

 Carry me home!

Chest completely fried! Then came a partner carry. Carry a person who is stiff as a board like a fork lift truck, by doing a lap around the room. The weight of your partner crushes your ribs, making it hard to breathe…sound familiar? Ever tried to breathe with someone on top of you in a grappling situation? Prior to that, JC ensured we where adequately tired by making us do 20 Sprawl to Jumping squats…then pick up the body and do the lap! Killer…but fun!

Thanks to Joel from the Strength Company and JC for working together to put this excellent programme together.
There will be another one in December for those that missed this one!

Anyone attending this week’s Kettlebell Figher class on Thursday (2.30pm@ ZT Fight Skool) will have the pleasure of experiencing the body weight drills. No equipment needed…just good old muscle!
I just can’t wait!

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Christian to Certify with JC Santana as an MMA Strength & Conditioning Coach.

Christian to gain his MMA Strength and Conditioning Certification- this Friday!

This weekend I’ll have the honour of training with one of the world’s leading Strength and Conditioning coaches from the U.S.A.

JC Santana is the owner and director of IHP and has been acknowledged as one of the world’s leading authorities on training and performance. Men’s Journal voted JC as one of the top 100 Personal Trainers in the United States, and Men’s Health voted IHP as one of the top 20 facilities in the USA.

JC Santana has dedicated his years of research and practical knowledge of the fitness industry into creating world class training products and programs.
Many of the tools I use at my classes, in particular the Kettlebell Fighter classes, have been developed by JC. It will be an honour to train under him and come back with lot’s of great ideas for our training in Hove!

Get ready guys…I’m going to come back AMPED from this course!

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Why do Kettlebells?

As if you didn’t know!

Kettlebells are the fastest way to achieve your fitness goals in a safe and effective way!

Come and have a go at any of Brighton Kettlebells classes in Hove!

Beginner classes every Monday, 7.30pm- at ZT Fight Skool!
For more info contact Christian on 07876-558850 or

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ZT Fighters kill it 6-0!

Fighters trained by Brighton Kettlebells sweeped the board at the last ZT Fight Night- Night of the Champions at Hove Town Hall last Friday!

Amongst them was Ivam Maciel, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner who’s signature triangle choke caught out his opponent Matt Plock.
Ivam has been attending the Kettlebell Fighter classes and believe me he kills it during the long rounds of kettlebell and body weight exercises! Some circuits last up to 8 minutes!

The full-to capacity crowd saw a great spectacle of fighting, ending with a glorious win by ex-Strongman Oli Thompson, who defeated his opponent with a furious ground and pound. Well done also to Laura Howarth who must’ve looked so mean, her opponent did not want to fight her and pulled out! Nice job!

Awesome night guys…now lets get back in the gym and kill it!

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ALEX: Crossfit Certification in Belgium: FRAN workout.

This is the biggie! What killer!

21 Thrusters
21 Pull Ups
15 Thrusters
15 Pull Ups
9 Thrusters
9 Pull Ups

fastest time possible!

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