'Getting stronger is important, but it’s difficult to do when you’re training for a fight,' says UFC lightweight Ross Pearson. 'That’s why I always focus on heavy lifts at the start of my training camp.
'I know that I’ll lose some of the strength that I’ve gained as I focus more on technique closer to the fight, so I try to get strong enough so that I can lose some and it won’t matter. That's why I’ll do squats and bench presses, or dips and pull-ups with extra weight – it doesn’t really matter as long as it’s heavy.
'I always write down my personal bests so I can try to beat them. After a few weeks of that I’ll have built a great base of strength for the rest of my training.'
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Nick Hutchings worked for Men’s Fitness UK, which predated, and then shared a website with, Coach. Nick worked as digital editor from 2008 to 2011, head of content until 2014, and finally editor-in-chief until 2015.