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NESTA Approves Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Association for Continuing Education Credits

The National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) has just approved the Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Association’s (MMACA) online certification program for 4.0 continuing education credits, which also can be applied toward recertification for the NESTA Personal Fitness Trainer program.

Health professionals of all levels have teamed up with best MMA athletes around the world to make an effective and comprehensive online certification program to educate personal trainers, coaches, and martial artists with the physical and professional skills to start and maintain a successful MMA business.

The MMA certification teaches you important combat drills, plyometrics, mental focus, TRX kettlebells, conditioning, sports nutrition, and flexibility. The program to become a certified mixed martial arts conditioning coach includes online lectures, video demonstrations, a digital textbook, and audio lessons. The program is 100 percent online and there is no time limit, so the training fits into your schedule, no matter how busy you are.


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MMA Group Sues New York State to Legalize Sport

Woman KickingMixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotions company Zuffa LLC announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Zuffa, which owns Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Strikeforce, is seeking to lift the 1997 ban that was placed on MMA and is continuing its efforts to legalize the sport through legislation. The company introduced a bill to legalize MMA this summer, but was unable to get a vote from the New York State Assembly, despite confidence that it could pass.

“Every martial art is legal in New York,” said UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta. “Boxing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu — you can hold events in every one of them. It’s kind of discriminating that you can’t hold ours, when it’s just a mix of those. We think we’re being singled out.”

Zuffa’s lawyers are arguing that the state’s ban is both unfair and unconstitutional. They further argue that the sport has evolved considerably since the ban was instated, and today is highly regulated and has unified rules. “What they supposedly banned in 1997 isn’t even what we do,” Fertitta said. “It’s a totally different deal.”


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Biggest Loser Brings Bas Rutten and Mixed Martial Arts to the Fitness Forefront

Biggest Loser’s new trainers have introduced the masses to a new way to stay fit: fighting. New trainers Golden Gloves winner Cara Castronuova and Brett Hoebel have truly brought out the fight in each of their team members and it shows. While many thought that the only way to drop double digit numbers each week was with Bob and Jillian’s state of the art technologically advanced equipment inside the Biggest Loser gym, Cara and Brett have shown all you need to get a killer workout is a few ropes and a boxing gloves.

Fighting isn’t a new fitness fad, and you might catch a jab to the face for calling it so, but it is growing in popularity in the mainstream fitness community. Last night’s episode of Biggest Loser even featured Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA Gym, and for most, MMA is a term you aren’t familiar with- but should be.


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