Fighting Fit

Mike Bridge

Certified ISSA Fitness and NASM MMA Conditioning Trainer.

Mike is a Certified ISSA Fitness and NASM MMA Conditioning Trainer.  He operated martial arts schools in Texas and Arizona.  He holds a 4th degree black belt in Isshinryu Karate, wore a black sash in Shaolin Kung Fu and studied nine other fighting styles including boxing, Muay Thai boxing, Japanese sword, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and MMA.  His lifetime commitment to fitness includes body building, power lifting, tennis, golf, motocross, rock climbing, and many running and triathlon events.

Fighting Fit

Preparing for the Fight

Knowing the steps to take in the early stages of a developing fight can be the key to avoiding or surviving the fight.  Physical confrontations occur on a wide spectrum from minor to life threatening.  At the lower end of the spectrum is the “Hey, you just spilled my beer. What are you doing to…

Weight Training for Fighters

Note: “Fighters” is used throughout this column as a general term to refer to anyone who participates in a fighting sport like boxing, kickboxing, MMA, karate, taekwondo, etc. Until the last couple decades most fight trainers prohibited their fighters from doing any serious weight training.  If they did allow lifting, it was only light weights…

Warrior Spirit in Lifting and Fighting

I’ve been fascinated by two types of fitness since I was a teenager – weight training and the fighting arts.  By weight training I mean mainly bodybuilding and power lifting.  Fighting arts covers a wide range including the traditional martial arts like karate and kung fu, sport fighting (boxing, kickboxing, and MMA), and tactical military…