I’m hitting the gym in a bid to make myself a better fighter – but it’s not what you think!

With my fight with Tom Breese confirmed for the 3 Arena on October 24, I’m fully back training now.

However I’ve added a few different things to my regime.

Gymnastics is something I’ve never done before due to time constraints but something I’ve always wanted to do.

When I was starting off the competitor I looked up to was Georges St-Pierre, a Canadian fighter.

He was the ultimate pro in how he trained and he did a lot of gymnastic work to add more flexibility and power to his game.

He’s the only one I’ve heard of who has done it and now that I’m in Grange Gymnastics in Santry twice a week, I’m finding it’s already really benefiting my Martial Arts training.

So I’m doing the whole shebang.

They have everything – vault, horse, rings, even some floor work, but I’m just starting off at that and going slow…and not doing it to music. Not yet!

It’s completely new and it has reinvigorated me.

Pound for pound gymnasts are the most powerful athletes – to be able to jump, squat, back flip, and all done in quick succession, it’s incredibly hard work.

But not only that, I’ve also returned to sprinting, something I used to do but got tired of, mainly because of the Irish winters.

I’m doing sprint sessions at Santry Stadium under the watchful eye of Irish Strength Institute coaches and my physio.

You get tired of doing the same things. But not only that, it’s going to add to my game.

Actually it’s going to change my game in Martial Arts – with the extra power in my legs, it’s going to be very hard for an opponent to deal with my explosiveness.

UFC Strawweight Champion Ronda Rousey

UFC Strawweight Champion Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey is a phenomenon.

She’s quickly becoming one of the most dominant athletes of all time and could easily be the biggest female sports star in the US.

They recently put together all of her pro fights and I don’t think she’s been in the Octagon for more than 25 minutes. And she’s had a lot of fights.

It seems everyone has taken notice. Ronda’s a massive mainstream star now, a great ambassador for the UFC.

She’s a former Olympic bronze medallist in Judo and, outside the Octagon, is very intelligent and articulate.

Hollywood has also come knocking – she’s featured in the Fast and the Furious and the Entourage movie, and is going to play herself in a bio-pic.

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor

There’s talk of her and Conor McGregor being a part of the biggest UFC show ever in the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium which holds 100,000 people.

That would be absolutely incredible, but it’s just talk at the moment.

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