By Dr Jason Gillis.

An effective program of testing and monitoring can help fighters and coaches in mixed martial arts (MMA) accomplish a lot. It can help them judge the effectiveness of a training plan and evaluate the potential for overtraining or undertraining. Various physical and psychological tests can be used to assess any number of performance factors, or to identify a fighter’s strengths and weaknesses, or to classify their skill status and ability level.

By Dr Jason Gillis

A good understanding of exercise science can help fighters and coaches in mixed martial arts (MMA) effectively use tests to optimize physical and psychological performance. With the right performance monitoring program, fighters and coaches can: better judge the effectiveness of a training plan; assess the body’s response to training; help evaluate the potential for overtraining or undertraining; identify strengths and weaknesses; create training objective, and classify skill status and ability level.

By Dr Jason Gillis

 Performance testing is not just for sport scientists and elite athletes; it’s a lot simpler than you think and there are lots of reasons why you should be doing it. Using the tests described in this article series, you will be able to: better judge the effectiveness of your training plan; optimise your overall physical and mental preparation for fight day; assess how your body is responding to training and help evaluate the potential for overtraining or undertraining; identify strengths and weaknesses and create training objective; and classify your skill status and ability level.

By Dr Jason Gillis.

If you want to optimise your preparation and your performance in the cage on fight day, you should consider implementing a regular testing and monitoring program. The purpose of this article series is to show you how to effectively monitor the physical and psychological performance factors most relevant to MMA.

By Dr Jason Gillis

Regularly monitoring the physical and psychological factors that influence your performance in the cage is one of the most basic, but most often overlooked, aspects of training in mixed martial arts (MMA). An effective testing and monitoring program can help fighters optimise their physical and psychological preparation, and their performance on fight day. A good monitoring program can accomplish a lot. It can help coaches profile the skills, strengths and weaknesses of their fighters; it can help you monitor physiological and psychological adaptations to training, which can help you avoid undertraining and overtraining; and the results of performance tests can be used to identify training objectives and guide future training.

By Dr Jason Gillis

 Performance testing is a critical, but all too often overlooked aspect of training in mixed martial arts (MMA). An effective program of testing and monitoring can help fighters and coaches judge the effectiveness of a training plan and evaluate the potential for overtraining or undertraining. Various physical and psychological tests can be used to assess any number of performance factors, or to identify a fighter’s strengths and weaknesses, or to classify their skill status and ability level. But it is important to realise that performance tests do have limitations. For example, a test cannot precisely identify a fighters potential, predict their future performance, or guarantee their success in the cage.