Conor McGregor back Training “Like a Horse”

UFC fighter Jose Aldo hadn’t lost in 10 years—until Conor McGregor knocked him out in 13 seconds with a left hook on the chin.How’d he do it? “Aldo is powerful, and he’s fast,” said the new champion. “But prevision beats power, and timing beats speed.”
Truth is, McGregor thinks traditional strength training is overrated. “People are so caught up in routine, doing the same thing over and over. I want to be an expert in many different things.”That’s why he connected with the Israeli movement specialist Ido Portal, whose innovative approach borrows elements of martial arts, dance, circus, athletics, somatics, and other disciplines. McGregor says he began studying Portal’s methods on YouTube late in 2013, and eventually reached out so they could work face-to-face.The fighter believes the unconventional training quickly helped him become a better fighter. “I’ve learned new footwork patterns,” he says. “I’ve learned how to find a lower center of gravity and found more angles to throw shots.”

Emphasizing graceful movements may sounds hippy-dippy, but it works, says Marco Sanchez, a trainer at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning. “Improved movement mechanics let you put your body in positions that enable you to make greater strength gains.”

Tight muscles sap power. This daily routine, inspired by drills from McGregor’s movement guru Portal, will help you unleash your full potential.

(Read the full story of McGregor’s comeback—along with a guide to the new science of fat loss—in the September issue of Men’s Health, available now on newsstands and the Apple iTunes Newsstand.)

It has been just six days since Conor McGregor fought a grueling 5-round war against Nate Diaz in the main event of UFC 202. McGregor, who ultimately was awarded a majority decision win, was filmed backstage after the fight on crutches.

When the official medical reports were released following the event, they revealed that McGregor could be sidelined for 6 months if he doesn’t get his left ankle cleared by an orthopedist.

Despite that, McGregor is already back in the gym training with Jiu-Jitsu ace Dillon Danis, who was a staple of McGregor’s UFC 202 camp.

When asked what the pair were focusing on in the gym so soon after the fight, SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh responded with the following:

While there has been no word yet as to when McGregor will return to the Octagon, UFC President Dana White has stated that it’s time for McGregor to defend his featherweight title against interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo.


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