Originally Posted by rafesparza
But before I even seriously consider seeking out MMA training, I just wanted to get a feel if anyone had any tips for exercise, drills, work outs, etc. that could help a beginner get a feel for the type of training to expect.
This field is completely new to me, so any suggestions would be appreciated.
My complete honest opinion would be to join a gym. There is absolutely no substitute for an academy. No matter what you can put together at your house or in your backyard, it's just not going to be the same.
That being said, if you absolutely cannot get to a gym for whatever reason, my recommendations:
Circuit training - Weights, resistance exercises, body weight exercises, interval training. Whatever mix you need, as long as your heart rate stays up the entire time.
Kettlebells - Good weight-oriented workout that can be very easily setup to mimic MMA and wrestling/grappling movements and muscle groups.
Heavy Bag, Jump Rope, Pushups, Situps - All of the staple boxing exercises. They haven't been done forever without reason. They work, and you can never go wrong adding a few of these to your workout.
The biggest problem I think you will face, and it is by far the most common thing I hear from people just starting BJJ or MMA is that "it's just not like any other workout." It doesn't matter if you can bench press 2x your body weight, run a 5 minute mile, and cycle for days. It's not that kind of workout. It is completely anaerobic at times, but also can last for 20 minutes in a single roll if you're just messing around or for an entire hour-long class, and it is very difficult to mimic without doing the actual act.
So no matter how much you work out, you are going to come up against a wall past which point you are not really doing yourself a lot of good. This all depends on your physical state, etc. But again, if you can get to a gym then get to one. It is by far the best method.
And a little thing I came across, sounds like it might be up your alley. http://www.podfitness.com
This is a website that you can sign up for, monthly fee. You give them the music you like to work out to, and you pick from the trainers they have on their website. Last I checked, among their trainers were Bas Rutten and Jeremy Horn. A few others, but I can't remember off the top of my head.
Basically whoever you choose creates a workout for you, and gives you an audio file to put on your ipod or mp3 player. The instructions for the workout are edited into your music, and guide you through the whole workout. You can specify what your goals are, what kind of workout you want, and what intensity you want. I don't remember the price off the top of my head, but it might be something to look into.
Good luck, and stick with it.