Just Grind MMA and Fitness has launched a strength and conditioning programme and many athletes are already seeing results.

Boxing coach Dave Straughton was inspired by the training of top American football players, leading him to devise strength and conditioning cycles for his fighters.

With new powerlifting, strongman and conditioning equipment at the Just Grind gym in Workington, West Cumbria he has opened it up to the public.

Private and group classes are available, adapted to any body types. Athletes like Tom Walker of Barrow Raiders and Josh Baillie, the BBBofC midlands area champion.

In a Facebook review, pro boxer Baillie said: “Great knowledge of all aspects of strength and conditioning with particular attention to combat sports. The sessions are planned correctly and you couldn’t ask for a better coach. Friendly and makes you feel at ease but makes you work hard.”

Rugby star Tom Walker said: “Dave’s helped me loads with my rugby and general conditioning. A lot of variety and really enjoyable, love it.”

I have been on the strength programme for better boxing performance in the build-up to my next fight. It has lead to very unique and engaging exercises and my athleticism has really improved. Last week I was able to bench press the strongman log for a rep and performed 30 inch box jumps.

Strength training makes you more explosive out of the gate. Strength is key to speed so it is a myth that lifting weights will make you slow and unconditioned. The training makes you a well rounded, better athlete but it is open to anyone, including people who just want to get fitter.

For more details visit Just Grind Strength and Conditioning on Facebook.

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