MMA fighter-approved holiday workout by Mark Striegl

Barry Viloria on Dec 28, 2016 04:21 PM
MMA fighter-approved holiday workout by Mark Striegl
Burn post-Christmastime fat with this keep-fit plan devised by this ONE Championship star. (Photos by Vyn Radovan)

It’s been expected: You are to gain weight during the holidays. And, of course, we don’t mean lean mass but unnecessary fat to spin you out of your fitness orbit. With gatherings here and there filling up your schedule, a visit to the gym would have become less and less frequent. But whoever says keeping fit while on break is impossible?

Fil-Am fighter Mark “Mugen” Striegl would be the first one to counter that, despite saying he “loves” Filipino food all too much.

“I think during the holidays, it would be the biggest pig game from just eating so much,” he declares.

“To be honest, the Filipino diet is not really the best for sports and athletics. In Baguio, I am usually in the night market getting sisig, balut, and isaw. But, of course, I can’t eat these things because I would weigh faster—it’s MMA, if I’m over a certain limit, the fight would be cancelled. Any sport needs a clean diet so you perform at your best. There are a lot of Filipino comfort foods that are delicious, but it definitely takes me some meal planning especially before a fight.”

How then does the recent ONE Championship undercard winner, who’s now at a 15-2 record, compromise? For one, he does a lot of the meal preps (which includes doing the grocery) and then the cooking. Secondly, he has to intensify his workout—which has to especially target the core and abdominal muscles.

“Weight adds up to your gut, so you got to burn away fat from your midsection,” he says.

To usher in a fitter year ahead, Striegl devised here a vacation-friendly workout with a goal to eliminate the fat you’ve horribly gained over the short period we call Christmastime. Got no time to be at the gym? Whether at home or inside your hotel room, this workout will require no equipment—just bodyweight!

1. Pushups


2. Sit-ups

“Keep planted and arms across chest,” says Striegl, as you use your core more instead of your arms in doing a rep.

3. Plank-ups

“This is best to do on a mat or soft surface so you don’t hurt your elbows,” notes Striegl.

4. Plank

Perform all exercises for 45 seconds with 10-second breaks in between exercises. Rest for 1-2 minutes in between sets. Try to do as many as you can of each exercise. Aim for 2-4 sets.

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