IN THE MAIL: Training for Warriors

Training for Warriors by Martin Rooney

Murdoc’s been looking for a couple of new twists to throw into his daily workout now that spring is approaching, and maybe I’ll try one or two from Training for Warriors: The Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts Workout by Martin Rooney.

To be a warrior, you must train like a warrior

Discover the training secrets that have produced World Champions in MMA, Submission Grappling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Judo. More than 750 color photos will show you how to perform hundreds of exercises designed to specifically target each area of your body. You’ll also learn:

  • Nutrition and safe weight-cutting tips
  • Information on dealing with injuries
  • Advice on the warrior mind and mental game
  • The ultimate 8-week warrior workout plan

Whether you are a fighter or just want to look like one, Training for Warriors is a proven, comprehensive system to get you fit for whatever battle life throws at you.

About the Author
Martin Rooney is the performance coach for the 2007 IFL Champion New York Pitbulls, COO and director of training of the Parisi Speed School, and an international fitness and martial arts consultant. For more information or to join the online warrior community, go to

Though obviously geared for those in the mixed martial arts, this photo-packed book has a lot of exercises, workouts, and training guidance that can be applied to general strength and fitness building.

If I had a tire, I could try the ‘kneeling overhead hammer strike’ on page 173. If I had a sledge hammer.


  1. You could probably get decent results if you keep up with it, especially the nutrition side of the equation. Although the ‘getting punched in the face every day’ component of the warrior training would be hard to tolerate. I used to work with a woman who was closing in on a black belt in TKD. I was a part timer so didn’t necessarily see her every day, but when I did she usually had new bruises, a black eye (or two), etc. Seemed to me that if she was getting housed like that several times a week, she was doing it wrong…never had the stones to ask though, for fear she’d kick my doughy ass.

  2. Well, I’m just going to pick a couple exercises that address particular things I’d like to work on, not the whole warrior training concept. Don’t be jealous that I’ve been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I’m training to be a cage fighter.