Cody Williams’ Blog
Friday 4/27 – Another week has come and gone, and we’re a short two weeks away from fight day. 13 days from weigh-ins. It’s been another physical week in the gym with a lot of full-on MMA sparring with conditioning throughout the day. A lot of personal focus has gone in to pushing myself outside of the comfort zone we all have. Having my trainers keep on me, especially when fatigue starts to set in and you get that lack of mental focus – that’s the mindset I want to be in when I train. Anyone can look good fresh or even a little tired, but run me into the ground then ask for execution and we’ll both find out where I’m at. It’s a good character builder to train like that, in my opinion.
Saturday was an early 9am workout – woke up at 8 and it was tough to drag myself out of bed and make it to the gym, but once out the door, the training mode takes over. Arrived to do heavy leg presses, lunges, and hamstring curls at the weight room before driving over to World Gym Beaumont to get in some rounds on the heavy bag with big gloves, then a really aggressive mitt session with working a lot of reaction time and on-the-spot decision-making. The kind of mitts you should be hitting a few weeks out from a fight. Then, back home for some rest and recovery.
Sunday was strictly a repair day. Took in some clean foods throughout the day, while my son Colton and his friend Carson played by the pool, and I soaked on and off in the salt water hot tub. Such an advantage to have access to – almost like an endless Epsom salt bath.
On to Monday, and so begins the work week. Up at 6:30, at work at 8 – train 11-12 with some cardio at the gym just to jumpstart the metabolism, and get some of the lactic acid broken up in my legs from Saturday’s leg day. Off at 5, then the dojo for some live MMA sparring and interval rounds. Gladly seeing most of our more experienced guys, most whom have fights in late May or June, I was able to get some really great work in all the way around. Workout concluded around 9, and I checked my weight as it’s time to start keeping a closer eye on where I’m at. The scale and I got along that night. Knowing how much I had sweat out that night in comparison to what I knew my intake was that day, I was pleased, but knew it was time to tighten up some things.
Tuesday’s work day had come and gone, and I got a good mitt session in at lunch with my head instructor going over more technique, and keeping things tight where my hands need to be at certain times during combinations and so on. That evening, I watched some film and took some notes while enjoying some sushi and relaxing.
Wednesday I woke up and was very happy to see the scale. Knowing I was going to be increasing water intake through the rest of the week to start cleaning out my body, I knew my weight was ahead of schedule. I went to work; during lunch I finished picking up the rest of my supplements for this camp, returned to work, and then was off to class at 6. A high intensity class; kept the heart rate up, concluded with some lighter drilling from half guard, side control, and some defensive techniques—all of which made for a great night of work. I continued home and put in some extra work swimming laps in the pool until about 10:30 pm. Exhausted and knowing I had 2 workouts the next day, I checked my weight, took in my protein and supplements, and went to bed to enjoy the 8 hours of sleep ahead of me. Letting my body recover during sleep is one of the best feelings, hands down, to wake up to.
Thursday was a big day – at 2 pm I had a 2-hour workout with everything: tire flips, sprint intervals, ropes, rope climbs, progressive mitts, pull ups, bike work – you name it, it was probably in there at some point. Sometimes with breathing restriction, but never anything less than a mouthpiece. One hour break to eat a couple of packs of tuna and get some fluids in me, then back to American Top Team Beaumont to work some stand up technique drills and get a little cross country running in to get away from the jump rope for once. So, after enduring the 2-hour workout, I think the worst of it was lunging with a sandbag and rotating shoulders every 20 yards – I haven’t had my legs feel like this in at least a month, but it was well worth it.
It’s now Friday 3:25 and I’m about 20 ounces away from having a gallon of water down, and working my weight down to 135 will be money in the bank come weigh-in day. Now, as for what I’ll fight at?
Follow me @CWilliamsATT to find out exactly how much I’ll put back on come fight night.
Big ups to Legacy and all the recent huge signings!!!!!