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Old 09-06-2011, 11:32 AM   #11
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I find doing squats atop a bosu ball pretty functional. I mean, I'm always wandering across wobbly ground.
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:34 AM   #12
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I find doing squats atop a bosu ball pretty functional. I mean, I'm always wandering across wobbly ground.
I find lifting the full shopping trolley functional, never know when a wheel might come off (Oh wait, I do actually do that)
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:51 AM   #13
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Lifting helped me as a wrestler. I was able to push, pull and grapple much better.
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:49 PM   #14
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While karate experts need a fair amount of raw strength; the bench press, squat, and deadlift do little for punching, throwing, hitting, and grabbing.
Now you're getting into the territory of what is "raw strength"... Because by our definition, karate practitioners are not even remotely strong.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:00 PM   #15
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While karate experts need a fair amount of raw strength; the bench press, squat, and deadlift do little for punching, throwing, hitting, and grabbing.
For a year or so at University I did a cage fighting discipline; Vale Tudo. It's full contact, anything goes fighting. Now I always felt my technique was pretty bad but I won every sparring match I did because I could quite literally throw opponents around, grab them and force tap-outs because of my strength training background.
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For a year or so at University I did a cage fighting discipline; Vale Tudo. It's full contact, anything goes fighting. Now I always felt my technique was pretty bad but I won every sparring match I did because I could quite literally throw opponents around, grab them and force tap-outs because of my strength training background.
Yeah, similar to me wrestling around with my brother-in-laws on x-mas. My wife's brothers all wrestle and 1 of them has been to several national meets. Regardless of how good he is, I can still throw him around and man-handle him because he weighs about 185. Just don't let him get a hold of your arm(s).
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:56 PM   #18
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For a year or so at University I did a cage fighting discipline; Vale Tudo. It's full contact, anything goes fighting. Now I always felt my technique was pretty bad but I won every sparring match I did because I could quite literally throw opponents around, grab them and force tap-outs because of my strength training background.
I agree that bilateral exercises are very necessary for most all sports, especially cage fighting But I feel balance and stability that unilateral movements bring to the table out weigths being able to squat 600lbs. Like one of the others said training must be specific. If my sport is powerlifting then I train the big 4. If I'm in the cage and it's a sport of mostly balance and stability, I'd pick lunges. The lunges will make me strong too.
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I define "functional strength" the same way I define "fitness".
"The ability to complete a task" - Dr. Phil Maffetone

If your job is to pour coffee than all the fitness or functional strength you need is to lift and pour a pot of coffee.
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If I'm in the cage and it's a sport of mostly balance and stability, I'd pick lunges. The lunges will make me strong too.
Seriously, you'd pick Lunges over Squats if you're into cage fighting?

Kinda think we're missing the woods for the tree's here.
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