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  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling Tournament Recap from Spartan Fitness MMA Birmingham- AL

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling Tournament Recap from Spartan Fitness MMA Birmingham- AL

    Ten of our white belts competed this weekend at the Gi and No Gi Alabama State Championship and we came back with almost a dozen metals! It was a joyous experience for both the #whitebeltmafia and the other tribe members that came to support. The Spartan Fitness Coaches and team prepared the competitors for weeks ahead of time and everyone’s hard work paid off. And if we’re being literal, the Coaches have been equipping their students for battle from the moment they first stepped on the mat. Be sure to congratulate Alexander, Collier, Tyler, Josh, Miranda, Sarah, Pedro, Brent, Yasmine, and Michaux when you see them on the mat! White belts are people too! Coach ....

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  • Muay Thai, "The Art of Eight Limbs," at Spartan Fitness MMA- Birmingham, AL

    Muay Thai, "The Art of Eight Limbs," at Spartan Fitness MMA- Birmingham, AL

    At Spartan Fitness MMA Birmingham, AL we encourage a well-rounded mixed martial arts practice, which includes Muay Thai kickboxing, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Wrestling. Some of you joined the Tribe to train Muay Thai, others are too busy choking your friends to realize that chopping them in half with a switch kick or finally mastering one of Coach Ethan’s 15-piece reps is equally as fun and addicting (I promise). Wherever you fall on the spectrum, there’s a lot to be learned about the “Art of Eight Limbs”. Muay Thai goes beyond boxing to include vicious blows from knees and elbows, utilizing the entire body and making a “limb” of ....

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  • 5 Important Strength Training Exercises for Mixed Martial Arts

    5 Important Strength Training Exercises for Mixed Martial Arts

    At Spartan Fitness MMA Birmingham, AL we strive to be well-rounded mixed martial artists, which not only includes our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing training, but Strength and Conditioning as well. One of the key aspects of martial arts is the prioritization of skill over strength. Someone who is smaller and weaker than their opponent can control the fight so long as they possess sufficient knowledge and technique. That is not to say that strength and athleticism are to be ignored by any martial artist. Anyone who has been training for a while knows the feeling of partnering up with someone who looks like a professional athlete. Your skill and experience may greatly ....

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  • Tips to Improve Your Cardio for Mixed Martial Arts from Spartan Fitness MMA- Birmingham, AL

    Tips to Improve Your Cardio for Mixed Martial Arts from Spartan Fitness MMA- Birmingham, AL

    Five, 5-minute rounds. That’s how long a title fight in the UFC lasts. Twenty-five minutes of pedal-to-the-metal, non-stop movement. Think you could last? While most of us won’t need that level of cardio, it’s still one of the most important elements in our martial arts training at Spartan Fitness MMA- Birmingham, AL. But “Don’t put me down for cardio,” amirite? Cardio sucks. Unless you’re one of those people that runs 5 miles every morning just for kicks, in which case, we don’t trust you and we’re not talking to you. For the rest of you, the reason you think cardio sucks is probably because you have the wrong mindset ....

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  • Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Belt Promotion at Spartan Fitness MMA Birmingham, AL

    Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Belt Promotion at Spartan Fitness MMA Birmingham, AL

    This past weekend at Spartan Fitness, our Growing Gorillas Youth BJJ Program participated in iron man rolls for their belt promotion! Our Kids BJJ program builds confidence, strength, leadership skills, and respect, and during belt promotions their character is put to the test. The iron man itself is not a belt test, but rather a rite of passage and a celebration of their hard work. Each of our kids being promoted must roll with every other child on the mat. If they show up to the belt promotion, they’ve already earned their new belt! But the tradition of iron man rolls is one that leaves kids and adults alike with a sense of accomplishment like nothing else. We had 16 of ....

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  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Q&A for Beginners at Spartan Fitness MMA - Birmingham, AL

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Q&A for Beginners at Spartan Fitness MMA - Birmingham, AL

    Whether you’re just getting started on your mixed martial arts journey, or you’ve only been focused on kickboxing or fitness,you’re bound to have some questions about BJJ. At Spartan Fitness MMA Birmingham, we’re here to help. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is great for improving confidence and self-awareness, as well as fitness and self-defense! As you start your Jiu-Jitsu journey, here's a few things for you to know. What should I bring to Jiu-Jitsu class? Bring your gi, your belt, a bottle of water, a towel, and shoes that are easy to slip on and off. Wear a rashguard or a fitted SBG shirt and spats or shorts underneath your gi. If you choose to wear a rashguard ....

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  • 5 Post-Workout Recovery Tips from Spartan Fitness MMA – Birmingham, AL

    5 Post-Workout Recovery Tips from Spartan Fitness MMA – Birmingham, AL

    If you’ve been through a fitness or strength and conditioning class at Spartan Fitness MMA Birmingham, AL, or even a kickboxing or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class, you know that it’s no joke. After an hour of sweat and hard work, it’s important to recover. Here are 5 post-workout recovery tips to improve your training sessions! Cool Down We get it. You’re tired, you did the work out, and now you just want to go home. NOT YET! Take 5-10 minutes at the end of your training session to cool down. Take a little walk around the building or do a few minutes of stretching out on the mats. This allows your heart rate and blood pressure to return to normal and helps regulate ....

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  • Fight Recap & Facility Updates!

    Fight Recap & Facility Updates!

    This past weekend, on Saturday 1/23, our Spartan Fitness team members Rebekah Rotenberry, Tyler Stevens, and Quadarrius McGinnis fought in the StrikeHard 58 b2 fighting series! We won 2 out of 3 fights, though it felt like 3 out of 3. Rebekah started out the night with three rounds of vigorous battle. She fought beautifully in all three rounds. Our head coach, along with the rest of the tribe, is very proud of her, though she did not take the win. She dominated in the first round, and the next two rounds were a little closer. Though she lost by a split decision, she landed numerous deadly shots, successfully executed several takedowns, and overall performed with exceptional ....

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  • 2020 in Review: *Ding Ding... Fight!*

    2020 in Review: *Ding Ding... Fight!*

    If ever there was a year that we could compare to being in a fist fight, it’s 2020. * Spoiler alert* : we won. At times we might have looked a bit reminiscent of Joanna Jedrzejczyk post-Zhang Weili but, we won. Like any good fight, we prepped and practiced and stood ready for war. We signed the contract for a new building and squelched our apprehension to expand. We had finally reached the point where growth was necessary for survival and so, we gloved up. The first two months of the year was our “Round One.” A feeling-out process. No bumps or bruises, just maintaining the fundamentals while securing the plan for the next four rounds. Then, Round Two came at us ....

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  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach from Spartan Fitness MMA Birmingham, AL wins IBJJF World Master Championship

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach from Spartan Fitness MMA Birmingham, AL wins IBJJF World Master Championship

    Spartan Fitness MMA Birmingham, AL Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach Roger Coelho hit the tournament trail hard this year and wrapped up the season taking first place in the World Master IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship! In true SBG fashion, Coach Roger lead from the front by competing in six IBJJF tournaments in 2020, and bringing home eight gold medals to don the walls of Spartan Fitness/SBG Alabama (That's YOUR coach!!). He brought home ALL GOLD medals from the Atlanta Winter International Open, Oklahoma City International Open, Foley International Open, Pan IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Atlanta International Open, and the World Master IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Orlando. We are grateful ....

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