Tuesday, December 23, 2008

UFC Fighter Training Updates

The holidays are here and things are in full swing. I have several fighters getting ready for early 2009 fights. Last week I went down to NJ to work with Kurt Pellegrino on his new gas in the tank program for his fight on Feb 7th. It was truly an evil program. Kurt called me 5 days later and said he was already feeling the results.

A few weeks ago, Stephan Bonnar came in to work with Kru Mark and myself. Stephan has made real progress after his knee surgery and is ready to get back in the ring. Marcus Davis and I will be working closely together over the next few weeks for his fight in ireland. As always Kenny Florian and I continue to work smarter on his S and C conditioning.

Happy hoildays. Cry in Training, Laugh in Battle.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Helladays

I have been back for over a month from UFC 91 and I did not even notice. It is true - time does fly by.

This week I will be working with Kurt Pellegrino on his Gas in the Tank phase training as he prepares to fight Rob Emerson for Fight Night 17 on February 17th. I am also working with Marcus Davis for his fight in Ireland next month. Last week we offically wrapped up shooting the latest installment of the basement tape series, MMA Conditioning Partner Drills, the content will be off the hook. I start shooting today for an MMA pay to view site (more details to come).

It's amazing how cranked up my kids get with Christmas around the corner. A sponsor of mine, Fitness Quest sent me a bunch of Bosus, so I had them set up in my family room so the kids could get rid of some energy. Better than siting them in front of the TV!

Well time to bolt to sweat my a$$ off in yoga. All the best. KK

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Smart Legs

When I was kid at the gyms, I always thought it was funny to see that most of the guys with huge upper bodies had no legs! In the ring or Octagon, when your legs die, you die. This has been evident in many fights. When you think about it, you need “oak tree legs” to be able to effectively execute a power punch, a round kick, a shoot, a throw, the mount, and the list goes on. Now that does not mean they have to be “quadzilla” legs, but they do have to be fit, strong, and never quit.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Road to Respect

Kenny is officially on his gas in the tank protocol. After some tweaking last week, he said, "another great circuit Kev." As we draw closer to the fight less than a month away, I can see his demeanor start to change. Always the warrior at heart, but when the battle drums start, he has this searing white hot focus. You can feel it during every workout, as if a lion was stalking an antelope. He‘s training hard, patiently waiting to pounce on 11/15/08! THE ROAD TO RESPECT !

Great Job Marcus

My hat goes off to Marucs Davis for his big win over Paul Kelly last night! We worked together for about 6 weeks while he was at Sityodtong. Marcus was completely motivated to smash the old ways and change his training around.

With a houlder injury after the last fight with Swick, he knew heavy lifting was out of the question. Although mentally he may not have thought he was as strong as before, his core ad new engine in there. As it showed in the ring, faster, quicker, and more agile than before.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Moving with The Predator and Others

The week ended training Patrick "The Predator" Cote for his last hard gas in the tank session for his upcoming fight on the 25th of October. I have to say I was completely impressed (which does not happen often) with the 5 rounds that we did. He looked at me at the end of the last circuit, and asked if that was it! Cote wanted to do more! He never once backed down or slowed down during the 45 minutes of torture I put him through. Also, what impresses me is his ground game has shot through the roof! If others want to count him out, let them. I think and hope he drops a lot jaws on the 25th, for "The Predator" is on the hunt!

Nate Quarry and Greg Thompson were in town to train with me and the team. I now know why the call Nate the “Rock”. We did one of my favorite routes, The Summit of Pain. This is 246 stairs in Brookline Mass. It is quite sadistic. Nate hammered the stairs into submission and cranked out times like a sprinter! All I could see was his AND 1 shorts running by like Flash Gordon.

Kurt Pellegrino came in to work with Kenny. He’s probably one of my favorite people to hang with. You just never know what he is going to say or do. He kept Kenny and I laughing in training. As a bonus, I think I’m rubbing off on him, he came up with some new gas in the tank exercises for Kenny! Nice Job Bro!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Don't Count this French Man Out!

I have been fortunate to work with over a dozen pro fighters during the last few years. Recently, Patrick Cote and I have been working together extensively. I have to say, not only is he built strong, but mentally, he's a rock!

I know the odds are not in his favor. I know Anderson Silva is one of the best. In this sport however, anything can happen. I put Cote through some of the most grueling "gas in the tank" workouts you have ever scene. He said to me the other day "Coach I have 2 problems, I'm in such great shape I want to do more, and I don't want to sleep."

I told him he was almost ready. We want the Cote Express to arrive right on time on October 25th. It will my friends! Until next time, Cry in training,laugh in battle!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

A Busy Month

Well September has offically come to a close. It has been a very fast paced schedule. I have been from one end of the country to another on seminars and helping fighters prepare for combat. Last week I worked with Patrick Cote over at Sityodtong for his upcoming 5 round championship fight with Anderson Silva. I also went down to NJ to work with Kurt Pellegrino on Burn with Kearns Phase 1 for his fight in January against Clay Guida.

As always I have time for my bro, Ken Flo for his fight on November 15th against Joe Stevenson. Kenny is getting ready to start phase 3 of his training -Gas in the Tank. This week starts off with a bang I will be training Marcus Davis, Patrick Cote, George Gourgel, Ken Flo, Daniel Gracie, and Nate Quarry, who comes in town this week as well. Wow! It 's going to get crazy! We are also working on a new product from Burn With Kearns. Until next time, cry in training laugh in battle!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Training a New Client

This summer has been flying by. Daniel Gracie has come in town for 2 months to train with my Kru, Mark Dellagrotte at Sityodtong. Daniel is also good friends with one of my client's and mentor's Tim Barchard. Since they are both big proponents of my work, they naturally suggested that Daniel train with me.

After the first training session, he said "you're gonna be my new strength coach." Coming from a Gracie Professor, that was flattering. Plus, I was not going to argue with someone who is 6'3" and 230. He is great guy and very open to coaching. I found it a bit perplexing that he was uninformed about some simple training protocols, since he has trained with some of the top trainers around. Daniel is a hard worker and won't quit for anything. He has a new nick name for me "Kevin Evil."

Monday, August 11, 2008

UFC 87 - A Team Effort

Just came back from UFC 87, and it was a great win for Kenny. I needed to keep up a blistering pace to support Kenny. Not only was I there to do the nutrition monitoring, but to keep Kenny's diet as clean as possible by serving as his personal chef.

We had a running joke the whole time in MN, let's order something from KHOP(Kevin's House of Pancakes) . I had the chance to train some of the great people from UFC for a mini Burn with Kearns morning workout. Thanks to Donna and Tony for joining in. Bruce Connal, didn't miss a chance to workout as well.

My wife, who is my anchor back home, took care of the kids and fulfilled orders for my DVDs and Fitpacks. This was no small task as orders have been very strong.

As of late, I have been traveling to NJ weekly to work with Kurt Pellegrino for UFC 88.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Batman

After a much needed vacation last week, I decided to shoot back into work and train Kenny Florian on Friday. This week Kurt Pellegrino came into town to help Kenny Florian prepare for this fight on August 9th against Roger Huerta. Kurt is also a client and I put him through the paces of the Burn with the Kearns' Gas in the Tank workout. He has a fight coming up in 7 weeks. It was a new type of training fort Kurt and he loved it. He said " this really makes sense to me before a fight to train this way."

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Climbing Out

Some days even trainers don't want to train.

Yesterday, for the life of me I could not get out of bed at 5am to workout. So I decided I would train later in the day between a corporate consulting project in the am and in the afternoon training Kenny. I considered it my penance for not getting up in the am. Here's what I did
Climbed 246 stairs for 30 minutes with a 30 lb vest on. This was a killer in the heat, but I had to finish. Then I did 8 circuit station with a 40 lb medicine ball with a 10 vest on.

1. Snatches
2. Squat toss
3. Bent over rows
4. 3 way lunges with grappling grip
5. Shoulder toss
6. Across toss
7. Zercher get ups
8. Overhead 4 flght stair carries.

I was glad when I was done! You can see this workout on the bonus section my Basement Tape 1 for MMA Conditioning Strength and Hypertrophy Laying the Foundation
. I used a medicine ball for more grip strength.

Till next time "Cry in Training Laugh in Battle"

Saturday, July 12, 2008

UFC Fighter Training

This has been a very interesting week for me. I have continued to get Kenny Florian ready for UFC 87 which is 4 weeks away. (man does time fly). Kurt Pellegrino came in town and after Ultimate Fight Night 13 and decided he want me to train him and work with Team Florian. It is a honor to have such a top notch fighter in my stable as well as Team Florian.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

A Great Response

The sales of my Martial Arts Conditioning DVDs have been unreal - they continue to run off the shelf. We have been making partnerships with great companies. Thank you all for believing in me and my products. They are literally selling around the globe. We are also in talks with Mixmartialarts.com and Sherdog to carry the titles as well.

Dale Hartt makes his UFC debut on 7/19 at Ultimate Fight Night 14. For the past 2 weeks I helped him get ready. Good luck Dale, come back with a win!