Functional Training for Muay Thai, Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts


Why Personal Training?

10 Great Reasons for Personal Training

Having a personal trainer provides significant benefits that you can't find when working out on your own. Here are 10 reasons why Personal Training may be right for you.

  1. Incredible Motivation Factor
    One of the main reasons people benefit from a personal trainer is that they loss motivation to stick with a consistent exercise program. Certified personal trainers can provide structure and accountability, and help you develop a lifestyle that encourages health.
  2. Individualized program
    If you have any chronic health conditions, injuries or training goals (running a marathon, for example) a trainer will work with you and your health care provider to plan a safe, efficient program that considers these needs and enable you to reach your health goals.
  3. Efficiency
    Personal Trainers help you focus on results and stop wasting your time doing inefficient workouts. A personal trainer has a plan and will help you get maximum results in minimum time.
  4. Improve technical skills
    If you play a particular sport, the right personal trainer will help you improve your skill by showing you new training techniques specific to your sport. The Trainer will incorporate skills training into your program so you improve not only your strength and endurance, but your agility and mental focus as well.
  5. You are new to exercise
    If you are an absolute beginner, a personal trainer is the ultimate fitness coach. A good trainer will introduce you to a very simple, effective routine and build efficiently so before you know it, you have the confidence and knowledge to decide what is right for you.
  6. Break through plateaus
    Ok, you are already in pretty decent shape, but you've been there for years. If you are stuck in the same routine and want to break out of a rut, a personal trainer is the perfect solution. A trainer will jump-start not only your motivation but your routine as well. A good personal trainer will push you to new levels and get you out of any plateau.
  7. Learn how to go it alone
    If you ultimately want to learn all the facets of designing your own routines so you don't need to use a personal trainer, going for a few months may be all you need. All good personal trainers will teach you the basics of building and modifying a fitness program to achieve maximum results.
  8. Workout Safely
    A personal trainer watches your form, monitors your vitals and can provide objective feedback about your limits and strengths. Most of us tend to ignore some of the subtle signals our body provides. We either push through pain or give up too soon. Because a personal trainer can watch what you are doing while you are doing it, they can help push you or slow you down as necessary.
  9. Add Variety to Your Workouts
    Because our certified personal trainers are on top of the latest techniques and exercises to improve your performance in sports and strengthen your muscles safely, they will have a lot of different suggestions on how to add variety and keep evolving your workouts and keep them interesting. .
  10. Lose Weight Effectively and Rapidly
    There is a good reason that the top reason most people hire personal trainers is to lose weight and get into shape -- it really works. If you made a resolution to lose the fat and build the muscle, a trainer can keep you on track and help you realize that goal.

Is Personal Training Worth the Money?

Seeing your body transform as you exercise through your own hard work is something that money can't buy. But is it really worth paying for personal training?

Many people are worried that they won't be able to continue with the success they have achieved through using a personal trainer, but think about it, did your personal trainer do all the hard work? No. It's all you. Personal Trainers do have a role in helping you to achieve your goals, it is you who does all the hard work by committing to a diet plan and a consistent exercise routine that they develop for you.

Of course you will learn many things in a personal training session, especially techniques, that you won't learn in a group class or while training alone. This knowledge will help you to progress further with your goals or even just help maintain what you have already achieved.

However, without your commitment and hard work, you can spend money on personal training and still be in the same place as you were before you started your personal training. But if you put in the effort and follow the plan, and personal training helps you to understand and even change your lifestyle, then it is definitely worth the money. You don't need to spend a huge amount of money of a large number of personal training sessions. Start with 12 sessions or so to learn what you need to continue on your own. Take some time after that to train on your own, then when you're ready for the next level, come back and take another 12 sessions with your trainer. 

Is its worth paying for personal training? If you're serious about your body, then it definitely is a worthy investment in your life.


Evolution of Martial Fitness

Black Tiger Fight Fitness SystemVince Soberano,  founder and master instructor of Black Tiger Muay Thai and Fight Fitness  Studios

The Black Tiger Fight Fitness System comes with a long history of martial arts and fighter conditioning training, since the first Black Tiger Gym opened in San Diego, California in 1992, by the original founder and certified Muay Thai master instructor Vince Soberano. Now, Vince has evolved his system to pioneer the term "Martial Fitness" - a new concept of functional fitness training using components from Muay Thai, Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts and functional training. It is a fitness, strength and conditioning system for fighters and non-fighters alike.

There are different training programs that Black Tiger Fight Club & Fitness Studios offer. They range from simple weight-loss exercise programs to hardcore fighter conditioning training as well as certified trainers courses and corporate programs.

Modern Muay Thai (MMT) Fight Conditioning

This is the mainstay program at Black Tiger.  It is a fitness and conditioning system based on the training that Muay Thai fighters use or MMA bouts. It consists of all the practical Muay Thai training for MMA which includes wrestling and ground-fighting conditioning drills and strengthening exercises. The MMT Fight Conditioning program focuses primarily on the conditioning and fitness training, although students may learn fighting techniques through the various drills and exercises. It is also enhanced with functional training equipment such as kettlebells, resistance bands and medicine balls.

The Black Tiger MMT system is very practical for fitness and functional training because it consists of total-body movements from a stand-up position to a ground position. It covers all ranges of fight conditioning and works muscular and cardiovascular systems that are normally not used by boxers and wrestlers individually. In this system, all the striking and grappling drills are combined into a fluid functional fitness regimen.

MMT System Breakdown (Basic to Intermediate Levels)

  1. Striking
  2. Wrestling
  3. Ground-Fighting
    1. Ground-Fighting Positions
    2. Ground Strikes
    3. Escape-to-Standup

Black Tiger Martial Fit Certified Trainer Program

The Martial Fit Certified Trainer Program is a complete system of training trainers at various levels. There are 5 levels of certified trainers in the Martial Fit program:Black Tiger Certified Trainers

  • Level 1 Basic Muay Thai Fitness Trainer
  • Level 1 Basic MMT Fitness Trainer
  • Level 2 Advanced MMT Fitness Trainer
  • Level 3 Expert Black Tiger Martial Fit Trainer
  • Level 4 Muay Thai Fitness Master Trainer
  • Level 5 Black Tiger Martial Fit Master Trainer

The Ranking System for Trainers consists of the following:

  1. Level 1 - Blue Band - Basic Muay Thai Fitness Trainer
  2. Level 1 - Blue-and-White Band - Basic MMT Fitness Trainer
  3. Level 2 - Red Band - Advanced MMT Fitness Trainer
  4. Level 3 - Black Band - Expert Black Tiger Martial Fit Trainer
  5. Level 4 - Black-and-White Band - Master Trainer (Muay Thai Fitness)
  6. Level 5 - Black-and-Red Band - Master Trainer (Black Tiger Martial Fit)




Investing in Your Health: Money Well Spent

Anybody Can Afford Personal Training: Here's How

Personal training is worth investing in!Despite the hoards of people who jam major health clubs, who wince at their reflections and examine their thighs with disgust, a relatively small number actually sign up for the free training sessions that many clubs offer. One free session won't knock off 50 pounds, but that one hour is enough to set a focused individual on the right path - or at least - in the direction of that path.Only a tiny percentage of a large health club's membership will purchase even a small personal training package.

Personal training isn't just for the obese or moderately overweight. It's also for the man who's fed up with his scrawny chest and arms; and for the 125-pound woman who wants to tone her soft legs or learn about strength-training techniques. But the vast majority claims they can't afford personal training - not even the smallest package. Check the parking lots of a major health club. Plenty of nice cars. Watch who exits those vehicles: nicely dressed people, many coming from professional jobs. Yet club trainers will tell you how difficult it is to convince people - even those who are at wit's end with their bodies-to buy personal training.

So why don't these men and women -- many who spend money on vacations, fancy furniture, expensive clothes, monthly facials and biweekly manicures, computer software, fishing equipment, etc., -- spring for a few training sessions? Perhaps somewhere along the way, people have come to believe that personal training should cost $5 per hour. They freak upon learning the actual prices. Just four training sessions can dramatically benefit any person who's unhappy with her body or stuck at a plateau! Knowledge is power! Some people say, "I feel confident I can do this on my own," after a complimentary session, explaining they can't afford any training package, even though they'll think nothing of dropping $300 on their next weekend shopping spree. Gee, the cost of attending a ballgame, the junk food there and a few new CDs alone can cover enough training sessions to catapult a floundering person on his way to a great body.

Personal training can be a lot of fun!Some gym membership deals include training sessions. It's a known fact that often, these new members will pull a no-show on the trainer! Try to figure that one out.Some trainers report that gym members are rude to them when they kindly offer assistance. Some trainers even get cursed at. A health club, like a jewelry or clothing store, is a service-oriented environment. You wouldn't dream of being obnoxious toward the clerk at the computer store who asks, "May I help you?" So why do people become disgruntled and irate when a trainer approaches them? Not all trainers are looking for a sale. Sometimes, they just want to help because fitness is their passion.Only about 10 percent of overweight people permanently lose all their excess weight. 90 percent fail.

What are you doing differently from the 90-percent group, that's going to place you in the 10-percent group? This also applies to people who have goals other than weight loss. What are you doing differently? How about bypassing the $700 dating service membership for personal training instruction, and then once you get a dynamite body, you won't need a dating service!

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