Boxing, MMA, Self Defense, and VersusFit

Gracie Barra Katy Texas & VersusFit

“Training with Intent” ; by Professor Ted Stickel, Black Belt Instructor, Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; Katy, Texas

I have been using the VersusFit Suspension training straps and have found them to be the most effective total body performance conditioning system I have ever used. Like everyone else, I have trained extensively with free weights during my lifetime and find VersusFit suspension training to offer far greater core strength, total body power, flexibility, balance and stability conditioning. This method of conditioning meets the requirements of what I call the “Four Pillars of Fitness”: cardiovascular conditioning, muscle strength, muscle endurance, and flexibility. In my profession of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, strength and flexibility are very important for competition and self defense events. The VersusFit suspension straps improve strength and leverage in a large range of angles; this is crucial to optimum performance in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA, and most other sporting events. I use and recommend the use of VersusFit suspension training straps to all people who want to improve their overall fitness level and manage body weight. A great amount of calories are burned while working out with suspension straps versus free weights, and especially weight machines, because most of the body’s muscle groups are used during each exercise. The VersusFit suspension straps are very heavy duty and are probably the most durable suspension gear on the market. VersusFit suspension straps are certainly built with durability to last in our rugged MMA and self defense training environment.
– Professor Ted Stickel

Author: darrelclouse

Strength, performance, and endurance conditioning has been a major component of my life since I was a teenager. I have participated in many sporting events and contests during the past 40 years to measure my mental and physical fitness capabilities. I enjoy sharing what I have learned from my experience and studies. During these four decades of performance conditioning, I have been very fortunate to have trained with Olympic athletes, amateur and professional world champions; I have learned a great deal of reality based "gimmick free" fitness and conditioning lessons. I certainly don't know it all, however, I have learned over the years that some of the best training methods are actually just "a couple of steps BACK from the cutting edge." I have trained and competed in powerlifting, half Ironman distance triathlons, roadracing on a cycling team, and boxing. My dad is an 80 year old athlete who played basketball for the University of Florida Gators and has been in the greatest physical / cognitive challenge of a lifetime battling the effects of Parkinson's Disease. I assist my dad, his physicians, and dad's therapists in his great fight. I believe we all take so much of our inherent skill sets for granted until those skill sets are snatched away from us resultant from disease or accident. I hope and believe this VersusFit forum, or blog, will serve all of us as a place where we can candidly share ideas, opinions, and assistance to each to enhance daily living and championship contests.

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