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5 Tricks to Train Better From "Warrior" Movie Pro

Two brothers face off during an MMA battle in Warrior. (Photo courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment)

Written by Lauren Cardarelli, editorial intern

Keeping a balance between realistic action scenes with “the Hollywood of it all” was one of the obstacles technical adviser and mixed martial arts (MMA) trainer legend, Greg Jackson, had to overcome in the new movie, Warrior.  The film, which stars Tom Hardy (who you may recognize from Inception), shares an inspiring story about two brothers fighting for their family. Jackson grew up in a family of wrestlers and has developed 10 world champions. He was responsible for ensuring the authenticity of the MMA aspects in the film, which was released on DVD last month. Besides the jabs and takedowns in the cage, Jackson found it important to convey the culture (specifically the coach-fighter bond) of the MMA world. “We’re real people and we have normal lives. We’re not these extreme and crazy, as we’re sometimes portrayed,” Jackson said. Here are five tips from Jackson to train like the stars.

  1. Shop around. Go online and find a reputable school in your area that provides kickboxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling classes. Make sure it is an atmosphere that you feel comfortable in before committing.
  2. Exercise smarter. Explosive training and the work-to-rest ratio is the key to success.
  3. Keep an eye on your plate. “One word: diet.” According to Jackson, you can exercise all day long but if you really want to lose weight, it’s all about what you put into your body.
  4. Allow for recovery. Greg refuels with protein like MusclePharm Re-Con. A tall glass of chocolate milk is another great alternative!
  5. Find a "why." “Inspiration is our most precious commodity,” Jackson says. “Everyone has their own muse.” Find what moves you and don’t give up.

Now tell us: Which movies or characters inspire you to get active?