Well, we all knew it was coming eventually: an "Official UFC" DVD workout program. UFC Fit is the hot new home MMA workout created by UFC super-coach (and well known diet guru) Mike Dolce. Since it was released it has exploded in popularity, both in North America and in Australia as well.
The release of a UFC-inspired home workout certainly comes as no surprise. Over the past decade mixed martial arts and the Ultimate Fighting Championship have cemented their places in the worldwide sporting ecosystem. Americans, in particular, can't get enough of it.
UFC fights regularly sell out in Las Vegas. There are UFC-branded TV shows, video games, clothing, action figures, and fitness equipment. One of the hottest new gym franchises in the fitness industry is the "UFC Gym" line of training centers popping up all over the United States. Members get to learn some jiu jitsu, "spar" with each other in real boxing rings, and burn some fat in the process.
Now we have UFC Fit and millions of people are, understandably, jumping online looking for real reviews of the new workout system. So we thought we'd do a quick review and cover the most important things to know -- both good and bad -- to help you decide if this is the right home workout for you.
Get Trained By One Of The Best MMA Trainers
Mike was hand picked to be the trainer for the UFC Fit program. He is the real deal and does not cut corners. In 12 weeks Mike is going to help you cut weight, build lean muscle and increase your energy through the same methods and principals he personally uses to train other mma fighters.
What's even more impressive Mike has his own personal story of losing a ton of weight doing these same exercises. Check out his results.
UFC FIT creator and coach Mike Dolce will help you lose weight, gain strength and increase your energy. See amazing results in 12 weeks, all in your home.
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9 Important Things to Know About UFC Fit
1. Real MMA workouts are based around cardio training, and this one is no different. Just like boxers, mixed martial artists know that skill and technique go out the window if you get winded during a fight. So the focus here is on burning calories, shedding body fat, increasing functional “fighting” strength, and quickly improving cardiovascular fitness -- not building lots of new muscle mass.
2. UFC Fit is similar to other popular home workouts, like P90X and Insanity, in that it is based around high intensity interval training (HIIT) and bodyweight calisthenics training exercises. It's broken up into 4 separate three-week training segments and is designed to rapidly improve conditioning while also increasing flexibility.
3. The program includes a weight loss "jump start" program called the 3 Day Shred, which is based on techniques used by Mike Dolce to help his fighters make weight before fights. Dolce is considered to be one of the top fat loss experts in the sport and even has his own Dolce Diet program, used by many successful professional and amateur fighters.
4. The workouts aren't too long or too short, lasting 25 to 40 minutes each. But there are very few true rest breaks so you'll be jacking your heart rate up quickly and keeping the tempo up until the end.
5. Very little equipment is required. Two sets of dumbbells (or one set of adjustable dumbbells) and a mat are all that are needed to complete the entire system. It's a good idea to go a bit lighter than what you may be used to in the gym, poundage-wise. After just a few minutes of any hardcore MMA cardio workout, even a couple 10 pound dumbbells can seem heavy.
6. Unlike many "meathead" mixed martial arts coaches and trainers, Mike Dolce really is a true fitness expert who knows how to teach and communicate clearly. He's very good at providing practical tips on how to get the most out of the workouts, and his great personality adds to the experience.
7. The Huffington Post did a review of this product. No, really, they did! Senior health and fitness writer (and certified personal trainer) Sarah Klein tried out the UFC Power Punch workout and reviewed it afterward. She was surprised at the high intensity level and seemed to think it was a decent workout, but in the end she didn't like it. Why? Because seeing buff women punching faster and harder than she did made her feel bad. (Something to keep in mind if you're a weak-punching woman I guess.)
8. One of the UFC Fit assistant trainers provides guidance on how to modify the exercises (i.e. make them easier) used in the workouts. This allows even out-of-shape beginners to at least attempt the program.
9. Most online reviews and user feedback have been extremely positive up until now. We're always a little wary of fake reviews, especially for a product that costs over $130, but nearly all the reviews on Amazon and other sites seem to be from genuinely happy customers!
The Bottom Line
If you like other MMA workouts like Rushfit, TapouT XT, and Beachbody's Les Mills Combat program, you'll almost definitely like UFC Fit. However, keep in mind that this is a hardcore cardio-based workout involving lots of kicking and punching. If that doesn't appeal to you -- or building lean muscle is a major priority for you -- you may want to try p90x3 by Tony Horton or Body Beast Home Body Building Program!
What Comes In The Package?
- The product consists of a package of 12(HIIT) High-Intensity Interval training workout DVDs
- A 12 week workout tracker, and a surprisingly in-depth "lifestyle and nutrition" manual to speed up weight loss results.
- The workouts have pretty funny sounding names but, apparently, they are actual routines used in some MMA gyms: Power Punch, Power Pull, Plyo Shred, Fat Fighter, Striker Strength, Grapple Strength, Ultimate Fit Challenger, Ultimate Fit Champion, Cardio Cross Train, Ab Assassin, Ultimate Stretch Flex, and Shark Attack.