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6. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

MMA is the most recent development in martial arts and, as the name suggests, is a combination of a variety of disciplines with moves borrowed from boxing, kickboxing and jiu-jitsu. Made famous by the televised UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) competitions, MMA is one of the fastest growing sports around.

While it has a heavy rep as being only for the hardcore, it comes in softer guises. Non-combat classes focusing on fitness and technique are suitable for beginners. Classes are still challenging, though, and an MMA fitness session will have a strong emphasis on conditioning and pad work, cardio endurance, balance, agility and strength. It’s also a confirmed calorie burner. “Because training is at a high intensity, you will continue to burn energy at a higher rate through the rest of the day,” says Marsh.

Mirror? Since muscle groups recruited are the upper arms, legs and torso, you’ll be right toned. Add the cardio component and you’re set for stripping fat.

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