GSP: 'My Training Is Based on Experiments from the Communist Block in USSR'

Jordy McElroy@https://twitter.com/JordyMcElroyCorrespondent IFebruary 15, 2012

Georges St-Pierre isn't your typical athlete.

As UFC welterweight champion, St-Pierre has taken various approaches in training to ensure optimum performance on fight night.

Some of his more unorthodox training methods include gymnastics and explosive training.

Now, St-Pierre, who was sidelined with a knee injury in December, is leaning on a new way of training to expedite his recovery process and take his fight game to a new level.

"I'm like seven weeks out from the surgery, so now at the SSL Training Center I'm training with Gavin MacMillan, and it's a very interesting type of training," St-Pierre told "Showdown" Joe of UFC Central Sportsnet.

"It's something that I've never done before, something that I've always wanted to try for a long period of time because I read a lot about it, and now is the perfect timing for me to learn that new kind of training program. All the training that I do now is based on scientific experiments they did during the Communist Bloc in USSR."

St-Pierre has earned a reputation for his innovative training methods in the past, but this one takes the cake.

What can an MMA fighter of the 21st century possibly learn from experiments that took place literally decades ago?

"Back then, if you remember, they had unlimited resources and unlimited budget because USSR wanted to prove the supremacy of communists," said St-Pierre. "They wanted to build up the best athletes, and that's why they dominate in the Olympic games. They put so much money into sports science."

"From all the results of the experiments they have done, that's what I do. It's all based on that. They don't lift weights because it messed up the joint, so they do different kinds of workouts. It's about stability and mobility on the joint and the core."

St-Pierre's timetable for a return is looking like November, which will make it well over a year since he last fought.

With an interim title in place, the welterweight division continues to try to sort itself out with its rightful king watching from the sidelines.

St-Pierre doesn't know who will be standing across the Octagon from him in November, but he vows to be ready.

"The guy who wins will be champion for a few months, but soon, I'm gonna put my hands on him and get back into the Octagon. I'll take the title away from him."


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