17 Nov 2016
As a champion MMA fighter, McGregor demonstrates high levels of cardiovascular and strength endurance, living up to his reputation as a world-class featherweight competitor.
So, how does Conor McGregor train?
Taekwondo, ju-jitsu, yoga, capoeira or boxing – regardless of the activity, variety for “The Notorious” is essential. Simply getting up and active is something that is primarily instinctual for Conor – regimen won’t work.
Over the last four years, Conor has sharpened his skills with Muay Thai Coach and MMA Fighter Owen Roddy, training three to four times a week for 30 minutes. This is a combination of basic movements (jab-cross hook or jab-cross-hook-right) and reaction techniques that build up over the course of the half hour training session – complete with no breaks.
John Kavanagh, McGregor’s head coach at Straight Blast Gym in Dublin believes sparring is the best way to prepare a fighter. Conor spars twice a week to work on fighting speed and training power, usually sticking to five five-minute rounds. This also allows for Kavanagh to hone in on any techniques that can be strengthened or improved.
Maintaining a primarily paleo diet, McGregor sticks to clean eating and good nutrition, steering clear of processed foods. Fuelling up on quality meats, greens and carbohydrates like sweet potato and squash, McGregor embraces his diet as a lifestyle, not a series of bulking and slimming transformations.
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