He’s the fighting phenom that has graced many an eight-sided, chain-link fenced UFC ring. Conor McGregor that is. Regularly observed peacocking around in fabulous shorts, astonishing his rivals with witty snare kicks, punches, and a great eight-pack.
The man is a machine, boasting a body that has been adapted to convey fistfuls of fury and decimation to his foes as his training regime keeps him breathing easy between second and third rounds. And all of this is thanks to John Kavanagh, McGregor’s coach, and cornerman. You may have seen Kavanagh between rounds, icing McGregor down and shouting support to the sound of “let’s put him away now!”
Kavanagh who is the head coach of the Straight Blast Gym, has, for twenty-one years, been doing mixed martial arts (MMA), sixteen of those years were at a professional level. Needless to say, he knows all things related to diet, fitness, and the UFC, having prepped and train McGregor who would go on to claim the title of UFC Lightweight Champion, and former UFC Featherweight Champion.
McGregor, who has competed in three weight classes, had to execute extreme discipline with his diet. Kavanagh stresses that diet is of the utmost importance.
“The lower weight class, 145 pounds, is a lot of work. He’s never missed that weight class, but it’s a lot of work to get down there. A lot of discipline has to go into the diet six to eight weeks leading up to it,” says Kavanagh.
Rather than fuel his workouts with sugars and carbohydrates, McGregor has a tendency select a protein source. There is a typical misguided judgment that the body’s primary source of fuel is carbohydrates, but in actuality, it is fat when the body is in a high-impact or aerobic state. Consequently, rather than burning carbs, by consuming protein you can make your body burn it’s fat and glycogen reserves. Some of the staples you’ll find in Conor’s fridge include chicken, salmon, steak, fruit, and vegetables, but what you won’t find in McGregor’s house leading up to a fight is bread.
Even when Conor was competing in the more substantial weight class of 170 pounds, one would accept no dietary discipline is needed. Kavanagh reveals that McGregor kept on being centered around what he ate, “Diet is about 80 percent of it,” says Kavanagh, “McGregor still has to eat the right foods, so he has the right energy for training.”
No one can deny just how hard Conor McGregor trains.
He shows absolute dedication and has the drive to succeed. He practices yoga every day to maintain his control, flexibility, and balance. Other elements of his workout include jiu-jitsu, rounds, pad work, jump rope, core work, and utterly dead hanging from objects. Much of his workout routine involves free-weight exercises such as single leg barbell deadlifts to build strength and balance simultaneously.
Kavanagh believes a hard working attitude and energy to be critical to McGregor’s workout routine and his capacity to maintain it, “what never changes is his love for the sport and the intensity he brings to every session. And as his coach, that’s what I look forward to interacting with.”
Keep in mind, and let this serve as inspiration, like most of us, Conor is not immune from a lack motivation to hit the gym and workout at some points, as Kavanagh reveals.
“Humans are mixed. Some days he’s in the gym, he’s bubbly, he’s having fun. Some days he’s in the gym, and he’s moody. That’s just how we are as people.”