Delavier's Mixed Martial Arts Anatomy


From powerful blows to explosive kicks, Delavier’s Mixed Martial Arts Anatomy takes you inside the action and impact of one of the world’s most popular, grueling, and challenging sports.

Over 230 full-color photos and 120 anatomical illustrations allow you to go inside more than 120 exercises specifically selected for the neuromuscular demands of the sport. You’ll see how muscles interact with surrounding joints and skeletal structures and how ...

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From powerful blows to explosive kicks, Delavier’s Mixed Martial Arts Anatomy takes you inside the action and impact of one of the world’s most popular, grueling, and challenging sports.

Over 230 full-color photos and 120 anatomical illustrations allow you to go inside more than 120 exercises specifically selected for the neuromuscular demands of the sport. You’ll see how muscles interact with surrounding joints and skeletal structures and how variations and sequencing can isolate specific muscles to enhance the full arsenal of combat skills.

Delavier’s Mixed Martial Arts Anatomy features an anatomomorphological approach to allow you to choose the most effective exercises for your body type, physical conditioning, and fighting style. From boxing to ground fighting, you’ll enhance your strengths and minimize your weaknesses with more than 20 proven programs.

Featuring the latest exercises for injury prevention and foam roller techniques for muscle regeneration, it’s all here and all in the stunning detail that only Frédéric Delavier can provide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781450463591
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Pages: 143
  • Sales rank: 275,149
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Frédéric Delavier is a gifted artist with an exceptional knowledge of human anatomy. He studied morphology and anatomy for five years at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and studied dissection for three years at the Paris Faculté de Médecine.

The former editor in chief of the French magazine PowerMag, Delavier is currently a journalist for the French magazine Le Monde du Muscle and a contributor to several other muscle publications, including Men's Health Germany. He is the author of the best-selling Strength Training Anatomy, Women’s Strength Training Anatomy, The Strength Training Anatomy Workout, Delavier's Core Training Anatomy, and Delavier's Stretching Anatomy.

Delavier won the French powerlifting title in 1988 and makes annual presentations on the sport applications of biomechanics at conferences in Switzerland. His teaching efforts have earned him the Grand Prix de Techniques et de Pédagogie Sportive. Delavier lives in Paris, France.

Michael Gundill has written 13 books on strength training, sport nutrition, and health, including coauthoring The Strength Training Anatomy Workout and The Strength Training Anatomy Workout II. His books have been translated into multiple languages, and he has written over 500 articles for bodybuilding and fitness magazines worldwide, including Iron Man and Dirty Dieting. In 1998 he won the Article of the Year Award at the Fourth Academy of Bodybuilding Fitness & Sports Awards in California.

Gundill started weightlifting in 1983 in order to improve his rowing performance. Most of his training years were spent completing specific lifting programs in his home. As he gained muscle and refined his program, he began to learn more about physiology, anatomy, and biomechanics and started studying those subjects in medical journals. Since 1995 he has been writing about his discoveries in various bodybuilding and fitness magazines worldwide.

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Table of Contents

Part 1

Principles of Strength Training

Developing Your Program

30 Steps to Developing Your Training Program

Purpose of Dividing Training

Techniques for Strength and Power

Eight Principles to Prepare the Muscles for Fighting

Five Types of Strength Most Often Used in Fighting

Secrets of an Effective Strike

Breathing During Strength Training

Adapting Strength Training to the Demands of a Fight

Conditioning and Endurance Techniques

Power and Conditioning: Two Very Different Muscle Qualities

Five Rules for Minimizing Opposition of Power and Endurance

Adjusting Circuits for Optimal Conditioning

Techniques for Increasing Flexibility

Flexibility and Stiffness: Two Opposite Muscle Qualities

When to Stretch

How to Stretch

Techniques for Recovery and Injury Prevention



Regenerative Massage Using a Foam Roller

Injury-Causing Strength Imbalances

Cross-Education for Recovery From Injury

Nutritional Approach to Recovery

Part 2

Strength Training Exercises Specifically for Fighting

Neck, Trapezius, and Jaw

Exercises for the Neck

Neck Flexion

Neck Extension

Lateral Neck Flexion

Strengthening the Jaw

Surround Your Neck With Massive Trapezius Muscles


Strengthening the Abdominal Wall


Standing Cable Crunch

Twisting Crunch

Leg Rotation on Pull-Up Bar


Punches and Elbow Strikes

Exercises for Explosiveness

Narrow-Grip Bench Press

Punch and Elbow Strike With Elastic Band or Pulley

Medicine Ball Throw


Wrist Extension

Wrist Curl

Strengthening Your Stance

Partial Squat

Standing Calf Raise

Kicks and Knee Strikes

Paradoxes of the Psoas Muscle

Exercises for Increasing Strength

Standing Leg Lift

Leg Lift on Pull-Up Bar

Knee Strike on All Fours

Grabbing, Pulling, and Choking an Opponent


Power Triceps Extension

Hanging From Pull-Up Bar

Hammer Curl

Chokes or Countering a Choke

Exercises for Endurance

Hanging From Straps

Isometric Adduction

Leg Press Using Full Range of Motion

Seated Squat

Lying Leg Curl

Reverse Calf Raise


How the Muscles of Respiration Affect Endurance

Lying Rib Cage Expansion With Weight

Importance of Hip Flexibility

Hip Rotator Stretch

Lifting and Pulling an Opponent

Conventional Deadlift

Straight-Leg Deadlift

Dumbbell Clean


Part 3

Training Programs

Beginning Programs for Overall Strength

Program for Gaining Familiarity With Strength Training

Program for Increasing Volume of Work

Advanced Beginner Program

Specialized Programs

Basic Specialized Program

Advanced Specialized Program

Highly Advanced Specialized Program

Customized Programs

Boxing Program

Kicking Program

Ground Fighting Program

Hand-to-Hand Fighting Program

Conditioning Circuits

Basic Circuit for Beginners

Intermediate Basic Circuit

Advanced Basic Circuit

Customized Circuits

Boxing Circuit

Kicking Circuit

Ground Fighting Circuit

Hand-to-Hand Fighting Circuit

Specialized Circuits You Can Do at Home

Specialized Circuit for Protecting the Neck

Specialized Circuit for Abdominal Support

Circuits for Injury Prevention

Preventing Shoulder Pain

Preventing Low Back Pain

Preventing Neck Pain

Preventing Hip Pain

Preventing Knee Pain and Hamstring Tears

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