Jose Aldo’s Crazy Workout Proves Class Is Permanent

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Jose Aldo’s Crazy Workout Proves Class Is Permanent

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Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is widely regarded as the GOAT of the division. Aldo used both traditional and unconventional training methods to reach the top of the sport.  

Back when he was still teammates with former bantamweight champion Renan Barao, the team at Nova Unaiao had extreme strength and conditioning training where they utilized the streets of Brazil. This helped him and Barao dominate their respective divisions during their primes.

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In the gym, Aldo does a lot of heavy bags, mitt work, and other sessions to constantly improve his striking skills. Since his loss to Petr Yan at UFC 251, Jose began training with the Brazilian Navy, particularly boxing.

While there is no particular video that documents Aldo’s training regimen, his training regimen isn’t any different from the other UFC fighters. Typically, this includes strength and conditioning exercises, cardio workouts, sparring sessions, and padwork. Meanwhile, Aldo also incorporates boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts.  

In 2019, Aldo underwent the biggest transformation of his MMA career. While many wondered if he could actually shed the 10 pounds that he had carried with him since the start of his UFC career, Aldo was determined to move down to the 135-pound weight class.

The King of Rio weighed 150 pounds when his bantamweight debut with Marlon Moraes was announced. He hired a nutritionist to help him move down in a healthy manner. Jose got rid of the excess weight by controlling his carbs intake. Since he had different training sessions every day of the week, Aldo’s nutritionist prepared a plan that suited him while training.

Aldo followed a ‘train low, sleep high’ carb diet but was still far from the weight limit with the fight getting close. One week before the fight, Aldo’s doctors put him on a Keto diet. On the day of the weigh-ins, he made the upper 136-pound limit.