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What is the best form of cardio training for combat sports?

The cardiovascular training for combat sports should include a variety of exercises and should incorporate a total-body workout when possible.  You should have some training days that are at a lower intensity and that focus on aerobic training, which will promote an aerobic base and recovery.  Equipment for this type of training, such as a bike, treadmill or elliptical, work well for anyone.  The higher-intensity training should be a series of short bursts followed by short rest periods (active rest, which is not relaxing but allows you to catch your breath or let your legs recover). These bursts should be three to ten seconds long with a fifteen to twenty second active recovery.  The high-intensity interval should last the length of a period in your event, normally around three minutes.  After the high-intensity periods, recover completely (two to five minutes) before repeating.  Circuit training is another effective way to help build the anaerobic system while training the total body.

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