It takes a whole lot of balls to step into a ring and fight to be the last man standing. It also takes a ton of training. I recently had the privilege of talking to John “Doomsday” Howard, who has fought for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), about how he trains for his fights.
Given the nature of mixed martial arts, fatigue and exhaustion set in quickly. That’s why Doomsday starts off with a warm up designed to have you in tears… AND THEN starts his real training. Nate Chubay was one of the students that endured Doomsday’s class at Black Diamond MMA gym in RI said the warm up was “intense” and gave him a “glimpse into what it takes physically and mentally to be a pro MMA fighter.”
Doomsday’s warm up is five 5-minute rounds consisting of shadow boxing, sprawls, pushups, high jumps and more. Here’s a clip from the warm up:
I asked Doomsday about his routine and he said “my thing is core”. He trains mixed martial arts on a daily basis and couldn’t emphasize enough how important it is to have a strong core. Some of the exercises he does for core include V ups, balance work with gymnastic still rings, and various kinds of planks. His work with still rings has given him quite the respect for gymnasts.
Kru John Allen, Doomsday’s instructor from Wai Kru MMA Gym in Boston, makes sure Doomsday hits the weights 2-3 days per week. The main exercises Kru has Doomsday focus on are the same three powerlifters focus on as well: deadlift, bench press, and squat. Kru includes accessory exercises such as flipping tires, hammering with a sledge hammer, and planks.
Doomsday continues to train away with his next fight against Todd “the Hulk” Chattelle right around the corner on April 13th at Twin River Casino in RI.