By Tina Davis
Photo Credit SHOOTmedia
We found out how MMA fighter, Miesha Tate, reaches her goals, stays focused, and keeps on kicking it in the gym.
Q: You have a large male audience that respects your fitness and dedication. How does that make you feel?
A: When I started fighting, I was just a 19-year-old girl who had a passion. It wasn’t until about two years into my career that I thought I might actually be able to use fighting to support myself. I wanted to take it as far as I could! The fact that I am considered a role model to some is actually a bit intimidating because I am far from perfect, but I also see it as one of my biggest accomplishments to date. I try my best to lead by example.
Q: Can you take us through your average day?
A: I train twice a day, Monday through Friday, and once on Saturday. I spend an average of four to six hours a day in the gym. Each day is a little different, but in the mornings I rotate strength and conditioning with skill-building and drilling, and in the evenings I do some sort of technique review and then live MMA rounds of sparring. The focus alternates so that we can cover all aspects of MMA.
Nutrition and recovery are a whole other aspect, but equally important. Fighting is a round-the-clock job because your body is your business and we put it through the harshest, most gruelling conditions and then focus on recovering enough to be able to do it again the next day.
Q: What are a few of your favorite pre-fight supplements and how do you use them?
A: I really like MuscleRevXtreme by RevLabs. It helps my overall performance and promotes lean muscle mass. I’m always striving to be as lean and strong as possible going into a fight. I also like their protein product, ProRev. I love the fact it includes glutamine in the protein. I am a huge advocate of glutamine because it stops you from getting sore after your workouts, which is fantastic!
Q: What advice would you give to help people stay focused on their fitness goals?
A: The truth is sometimes you’re not going to feel like getting up and going to the gym, so give yourself a six-week goal of going every day, no matter what, and see where you’re at after that. Sometimes creating the habit is the hardest thing to do, but it gets easier the more consistent you are. Also don’t have a cheat day; have a cheat meal. If you need to have a cheat once a week, then make it one meal – a lot of damage can be done if you take an entire day to eat whatever you want. Usually it puts all the calories you burned throughout the week right back in, so it causes plateaus.
Q: How do you maintain a vision for yourself and your career?
A: Lots of reminders. As with anything, there are times when I feel burnt out, tired, or just unmotivated, but I search for whatever it is that will put the fire back under me. I refuse to be complacent, so I always find a way. That’s it.
Q: What is the number-one message you want to convey to your fans?
A: You can’t predict the future. You can’t know you will win, but you can be certain you’ll give it everything you have. Have faith in that, and give yourself the best odds to succeed. That’s all that matters.