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How do top martial artists stay healthy and fit? Find out with our martial artists’ fitness profiles and learn their workout routines, diets, and supplement choices. We’ve gathered up the research on the best fitness routines, diets, and healthy choices.

Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou

facebooktwitteryoutubeinstagramFrancis NgannouMixed Martial ArtistBorn: 1986Francis Ngannou is a native of Cameroon who grew up in poverty and did not receive much schooling. When he was 10, he started working in a sand quarry to earn money. Ngannou was solicited to...

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

facebooktwitteryoutubeinstagramMuhammad AliProfessional Boxer (deceased)Born: 1942Muhammad Ali is the chosen name of Kentucky-born Cassius Clay Jr. Ali was dyslexic which caused difficulties at school and throughout his life. At age 12, Ali became interested in boxing...

Dustin Poirer

Dustin Poirer

facebooktwitteryoutubeinstagramDustin PoirerMMA FighterBorn: 1989From Louisiana, Dustin Poirier dropped out of high school in the 9th grade for getting into fights. He went professional in 2009 and currently competes in the lightweight division of the UFC in which he...

Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva

facebooktwitteryoutubeinstagramAnderson SilvaComedian, Martial Artist, and Commentator Born: 1975 Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva is originally from Brazil. He grew up in extreme poverty and mostly lived with his aunt and uncle. Silva began training in jiu-jitsu as a...

Gina Carano

Gina Carano

facebooktwitteryoutubeinstagramGina CaranoEntertainer Born: 1982Gina Carano was born in Dallas, Texas. Her father is professional football player Glenn Carano. Always active, she played volleyball, softball, and led her high school basketball team to a state title....

Ido Portal

Ido Portal

facebooktwitteryoutubeinstagramIdo PortalMovement Teacher Born: 1980Originally from Israel, Ido (pronounced like ‘I do’) Portal studied traditional martial arts from an early age. As a teen, he discovered capoeira, and after just a few years, he opened his own school....

James Wilks

James Wilks

facebooktwitteryoutubeinstagramJames WilksProfessional Fighter Born: 1978James Wilks was born in England. He began training in tae kwon do and jeet kune do, and obtained a college degree in Business and Land Management before moving to the US in 2000 to improve his...

Paige VanZant

Paige VanZant

facebooktwitteryoutubeinstagramPaige VanZantUFC Fighter Born: 1994Paige ’12 Gauge’ VanZant was born in Oregon. Her parents owned a dance studio and she grew up dancing ballet, jazz and hip hop, and she also enjoyed outdoor sports like riding dirt bikes and fishing....

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov

facebooktwitteryoutubeinstagramKhabib NurmagomedovMixed Martial Artist Born: 1988Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov is from the independent republic of Dagestan that was once part of the Soviet Union. His father was ex-military and set up a gym in their house where the...

Randy Couture

Randy Couture

facebooktwitteryoutubeinstagramRandy CoutureEntertainerBorn: 1963Born in Washington state, Randall ‘The Natural’ Couture played a lot of other sports including football, soccer and skiing, but his true love was wrestling which he began in middle school. Couture won a...

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar

facebooktwitteryoutubeinstagramBrock LesnarPro Wrestler Born: 1977Brock ‘The Beast’ Lesnar was born in South Dakota. He played football and wrestled in high school, and then went to college on a wrestling scholarship at the University of Minnesota. He won the NCAA...

Tyron Woodley

Tyron Woodley

facebooktwitteryoutubeinstagramTyron WoodleyMixed Martial Artist Born: 1982Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley is one of 13 kids raised by a single mom. He grew up in a crime-ridden section of Ferguson, Missouri but did not let that distract him from his goals. He played...

Michelle Waterson

Michelle Waterson

facebooktwitteryoutubeinstagramMichelle WatersonMixed Martial ArtistBorn: 1986Originally from Colorado, Michelle Waterson is of half Thai, half Caucasian descent. Always an active child, she started out with gymnastics, but financial constraints pushed her to try...

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey

facebooktwitteryoutubeinstagramRonda RouseyProfessional Wrestler Born: 1987Born in California, Ronda ‘Rowdy’ Rousey is the daughter of AnnMaria De Mars, the first American woman to win a World Judo Championship. Rousey started practicing judo at age 11 and was the...

Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan

facebooktwitteryoutubeinstagramJackie ChanMartial ArtistBorn: 1954Jackie Chan is the professional name of Chan Kong-sang. His parents moved to Hong Kong as refugees from from the Chinese Civil War. Chan failed out of his first year of primary school, and was sent to...

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