As king of the UFC Lightweight class, Frankie Edgar has a score to settle on October 8 at UFC 136 in Houston, TX when he faces the formidable Gray Maynard for the third time in his career. Maynard gave Edgar the only loss he’s suffered in his career in the duo’s first bout. Their second fight ended in a draw. Then the anticipated third bout was scrapped after both fighters sustained injuries during their respective training camps. For Frankie, it was a back injury. "I didn’t want to postpone the bout at all," says Edgar, but heeding the advice of UFC doctors, Frankie turned his focus on recovery. Working with Brian Blue at All Star Sports Academy, the TRX Suspension Trainer has been a critical component in Edgar’s preparation for Saturday's fight.
This time, Edgar believes he’ll avenge his only loss and show fans that the "The Answer" truly reigns supreme among Lightweights. “I’m sharpening my skills, getting ready to peak at the right time and put on a show. I feel great,” says Edgar. “I know what he’s going to do, he knows what I’m going to do. We’ve both seen each other’s best.”
While Edgar boasts seemingly superhuman skills in the Octagon and steely discipline in training, like the rest of us, he likes to take advantage of the TRX’s portability and gets outside to train sometimes when the sun beckons. “Summer’s winding down, so we took the TRX out on the beach last week. I love to be outside to train. The ocean has some power in it, and I like to feel it when I can.”
Being a top mixed martial artist requires a huge volume of training in the three core sports skills—grappling, striking and wrestling—plus intense strength and conditioning work to be able to go more than the distance when necessary. In preparation for the Maynard fight, Edgar logged an average of 13 workouts per week for a total of 26 to 30 hours of training per week.
The TRX has been a critical component of Edgar’s strength and conditioning training that he incorporates into circuit training along with other modalities and skills training. “We do TRX burpees and lots of TRX movements in circuits. Sometimes we’ll incorporate light weights with Suspension Training movements for an extra challenge.” Plyometrics and power-oriented lifting along with sprints and footwork drills play a huge roll in Edgar’s strength and conditioning training. “It’s good to do core work, explosive work and then go straight to the ladder to work on maintaining your footwork even when you’re tired.”
He also uses the TRX for stretching after workouts. “It definitely helps me stretch in a way that I’m not able to without the assistance of the straps.” The TRX will travel with him to Houston for fight week as well. “You never know what’s going to happen or what you’ll have access to on the road, so it’s good to have a tool that’s familiar that you can use anywhere you go.”
Come October 8, Edgar looks forward to displaying his skills and the fitness he’s forged during his grueling training camp. “At this level, winning the fight will take a little bit of everything: skills, heart, preparation, some grit. Whoever shows up and performs best is going to win. On fight night, I just think about all the preparation I’ve done and know that I’ve done everything I can do.”
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