UFC: The Road to the Octagon

Anyone who has caught a glimpse of a UFC fight knows that mixed martial artists are among the most finely tuned athletes in professional sports. Not only do they put their bodies on the line every time they get in the octagon, but the skill, flexibility and dedication it takes to master multiple kinds of martial arts can only be achieved by a select few. Watching them in action certainly is a testament to their athleticism, but a more detailed look at their training regimen makes their achievements even more impressive.

To truly understand the work it requires to make it to the highest levels of MMA, you need look no further than Tito Ortiz. As one of the most accomplished athletes in the sport, his workout routine is certainly impressive. Speaking with Fitzness.com in 2011, Ortiz detailed just how strenuous his workout regimen is. He trains six days a week, and that includes a 3-mile run followed by sparring, Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing, and boxing. All in all, he estimates he puts in about eight hours of exercise each day - which basically makes working out his full time job.

It's a demanding profession to be sure, but Ortiz certainly reaped the rewards of his hard work. The Huntington Beach Bad Boy was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2012, and his bouts with legends such as Randy Couture and Chuck Liddel will ensure he lives on in the annals of UFC history for decades to come. 

Of course, Ortiz isn't the only UFC fighter with jaw-dropping training regimens. Ronda Rousey - who made history when she became the first female athlete to sign with the UFC - has a routine that's hard to top. She credits the wide variety of skills an MMA fighter needs to learn with helping her sculpt her envy-inducing abs and arms. Aside from having to focus on technical striking, Judo, and wrestling, she says she mixes in things like Pilates and training on sand dunes to get a truly well-rounded experience. 

Getting to the highest levels of any sports, whether it be basketball, football, golf or swimming, takes commitment, but few endeavors are quite as demanding as MMA. Yet Rousey, Ortiz, and the other members of this elite crew have managed to do just that with an impressive combination of skill, dedication, and strength. 

 

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The Anatomy of a Monster Truck

13. May 2013 15:58 by Clayton Smith in General, Sports , TicketsNow  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments ()

Over the last few decades, monster trucks have become a regular part of pop culture. Images of the enormous vehicles - often launching themselves over long rows of cars - are ingrained in the minds of children and adults across many generations. Yet while everyone knows just how impressive these feats of engineering are, few people understand exactly what goes into producing one of these trucks. However, a better understanding of how monster trucks are created makes their mechanical acrobatics even that much more impressive.

To truly appreciate what monster trucks have become, you have to go back to their origins. The first monster trucks started springing up around 1970, when mechanics started making modifications to their pickup trucks for events like mud bogging and truck pulling. Though it started small, it wasn't long before some famous trucks started to break from the pack, including the likes of Bear Foot and King Kong. But it was the most iconic vehicle - Bigfoot - that offered the clearest glimpse into just how impressive monster trucks are.

Anybody who has watched monster trucks over the years is familiar with Bigfoot, but its origins date back to the mid 1970s when Bob Chandler got to work on his 1974 Ford F-250. What started as an ordinary pickup truck quickly took on a different form. The first change Chandler made to his truck was making it possible to steer on both axles - an idea previously only adopted by the Army - but he quickly took things much further. With enormous wheels and a unique steering capability, Chandler went on to ask local farmers for junked cars that he could run over as a joke. That joke went on to become the basis of an enormously popular style of motorsports. 

Though it started with Bigfoot, monster trucks of today have taken unusual designs and modifications to levels not seen anywhere else. The bodies of modern trucks, such as Gravedigger and Jurassic Attack, have become an art form unto themselves. Despite the variety in styles, a few things hold true; they have supercharged engines, the wheels rise in excess of five feet tall, and the displacement of at least 575 cubic inches makes these modern marvels truly a sight to behold.

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