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Freakishly Gifted Athlete GSP Doesn’t Really Believe in Lifting Weights, Doing Cardio


(Be sure to pick up Georges St. Pierre‘s new training video: “How to Use Your Unbelievable Explosiveness and Superior Genetics to Win Any Fight.” PicProps: MMA Mania)

File this under: Must be nice. You know that dude Georges St. Pierre? Yeah, the guy so naturally athletically gifted that he’s managed to teach himself to be one of the best wrestlers in MMA, despite having no formal background in it whatsoever? The most dominant welterweight fighter on the planet today? Turns out that guy doesn’t really think that lifting weights and/or doing cardio will help you in a fight.

“I don’t believe in strength and conditioning,” St. Pierre tells stand-up comedian/color commentator/MMA political action director Joe Rogan this week on the UFC’s “Ultimate Insider” show. “I never do strength and conditioning. I do not believe that running on a treadmill or doing I don’t know what … I don’t believe that’s going to help you have better cardio for a fight.”

Huh. We’re going to assume that what St. Pierre means to say is that he prefers sport-specific training like sparring and grappling drills in order to build his MMA skills and endurance. Still, not to over-simplify the message here, but this sounds suspiciously like Georges St. Pierre is saying the way to succeed in MMA is just to be Georges St. Pierre. Also, let us say for the record that lifting weights and doing conventional cardio probably will help you if you are, you know, a normal person. If you’re a mild-mannered French Canadian cyborg whose three great joys in life are kicking ass, finely tailored suits and pool parties, well, maybe the laws of science and nature just don’t apply to you.


In order to prove his point, St. Pierre offers up the example of … another unlikely statistical anomaly …  in Jean Charles Skarbowsky. That’s right, the drunk-as-a-skunk Muay Thai instructor who showed up on this season of “The Ultimate Fighter” just long enough to beat the crap out of everyone after GSP gave his team a stern warning: Do not test this guy, St. Pierre essentially said, because he will murder you and not think twice about it.

“I remember I had a Muay Thai instructor from France, that I even brought on the reality show ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’” GSP says to Rogan. “The guy smoked, I don’t know how many packs of cigarettes a day. He’s always drinking alcohol. He’s a real character, and he’s completely out of shape, but when he spars with us in Muay Thai, he kicks everyone’s ass. The reason is because he is more efficient than we are …

“I think everything in fighting is about efficiency. In the UFC, I do believe everyone is in shape. We’re all athletes, you know … but the reason I believe a guy is more tired than another guy, is because one guy is more efficient than the other. One guy is able to bring the fight to where he is strongest, and the other guy to where he is out of his comfort zone.”

Point taken. Although, Skarbowsky? Probably not the best example since, like GSP, he appears to be a guy so naturally tough that he can just beat everybody up no matter what he’s doing with his off time. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, St. Pierre says he does lift weights, but not to help him in competition. No, he only pumps iron to make himself “more marketable.” And when he says “more marketable” we assume it’s just French for “I do it for the ladies.”

“The only reason it is good to lift weights, to do bench press, and stuff like that, I believe, is because it is going to make me more marketable,” St. Pierre says. “To keep myself looking more symmetric, with a better image … Which is very important, because if you look good, you feel good, and if you feel good, you do good … Yeah, I lift weights for looks. Yeah, I am gonna admit it.”

Next thing you know, GSP will be telling us he doesn’t believe in the germ mechanism theory; that he thinks the common cold is caused by tiny, mischievous gnomes who live in the shadows just beyond our peripheral vision. Also, the earth? Totally hollow, dude.

Comments

  1. agentsmith Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 10:35


    I am not impressed by your wardrobe.
  2. LOKI Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 10:38


    Really?!? Than how do you explain your new strength and conditioning video set?! Not a joke...he actually does have a new GSP90X pack that although I loath him, I will almost certainly bootleg.
  3. RwilsonR Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 10:39


    I don't disagree with anything GSP had to say. MMA specific strength and conditioning is better than running on a treadmill or doing bench-presses. And it should also be obvious that the gnomes live in the hollowed-out center of the Earth. Jackass.
  4. RwilsonR Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 10:41


    @ LOKI - when you get it, please post a grainy video-camera-pointed-at-your-TV-while-it-is-playing copy of it for all of us to enjoy.
  5. Stenhård Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 10:42


    So all his explosive squat training was not to get better at mma? it was just for the ladies.. Yeah right
  6. Gladheateher Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 10:48


    Look at Anderson Silvas build, yet the guy is a force to be reckoned with. Some fighter once said this isnt a body building contest, referring to Check Kongo. Other fighters like Thiago Silva could probably preform better without so much muscle mass, that lactic acid build up in the later rounds must be a bitch. @Rwilson Gnomes live in trees dont they. Meh all I learned from lotr's is Dwarves live under ground and a couple of big foot midgets can destroy a whole army of darkness.
  7. RwilsonR Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 11:02


    @ Gladheateher - No... elves live in trees. That's where they make cookies. Come on, guys, this isn't that hard.
  8. KidDinomite Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 11:06


    If you look at the Heavyweight division, you see a lot of guys who have big muscles. During their fights, they have to finish in the first or early second round or they gas. Look at Brock Lesnar. Does he even need to lift weights? If you watched the UFC countdown between him and Velasquez, it looked like he did more weight training than actual sparring/training and it showed when he gassed out during the fight. Before that you had Shane Carwin who had too much muscle and the lactic acid was too much and he gassed during the second round. Even Phil Baroni, who is all muscle gasses because because of it. Then you look at guys who aren't as muscular and they don't seem to get tired such as Anderson Silva, GSP, Jose Aldo, and Cain Velasquez. Look at Velasquez, homey was eating tacos y burritos leading up to his fight with Lesnar. I wouldn't go far enough to say he's fat but he's not ripped or anything. He's just a big guy and he doesn't look to have a lot of muscle which is probably why he has a much better gas tank than anyone in the Heavyweight Division. While I disagree with GSP about training cardio, I think weight lifting actually hinders your performance due to muscles requiring more oxygen when exercising. I think Lesnar actually needs to lose muscle in order to improve his overall game if and when he comes back to fight as does Carwin.
  9. ghostboner Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 11:10


    Of course he doesn't. He just use 'is 'art.
  10. imabigfan Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 11:24


    Two words: Big Country. That is all.
  11. Fried Taco Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 11:32


    The only weight training I do is lifting my enormous penis. And I do it for the ladies.
  12. BadBoy2315 Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 11:39


    Who cares? This site will find just about any reason to kiss GSP's @$$. It's getting to be too much.
  13. Sudos KFC Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 11:43


    Yeah, except he DOES lift weights and he DOES run on treadmills. This is just like when people say really snobbily that they "never watch tv" even though you know they do because they always seem to know what happened in Desperate Housewives...total bs designed to make you look good. I mean look at his fucking body for christs sake, you dont get that way just from mma training, trust me, you dont. Plus he has made comment after comment about trying to add quality mass in prep for a possible silva fight...now how exactly is he doing that without lifting AT ALL? And he has said he dosent lift weights...but he does do olympic lifts. WTF? TBH this is a REALLY REALLY REALLY old story that is more fiction/semantics than fact. mma training is your "steak" but the outside strength and conditioning work is still a valuable part of your program, and yes it is a part of gsp's program too as well as 99% of fighters, despite whatever exceptions you come up with...they just prove the rule. Its just so many people have too much mashed taters and not enough steak.
  14. RwilsonR Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 11:47


    ^^^ Or when supermodels say they don't have a diet, they just eat whatever they want. Then you see them sticking their fingers down their throats after they've had two carrot sticks.
  15. newdeal Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 11:55


    He is probably onto something. I watched an interview with Michael phelps where he said he doesn't so weight training either and doesn't do card, which other swimmers spend a lot of time on, he spends his time working in the pool because he is a swimmer not a weight lifter
  16. Stak40 Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 12:06


    I dont have any reason not to believe. I know a few guys who have been ripped all their lives without doing any real lifting or cardio and can go all day long and never get tired. So I have no reason to believe GSP is any different. I think someone else said that GSP doesnt do camps, he is consistantly training all the time. Some guys are just freaks of nature. Labron James is one. There has never been anyone who can do what he can do for his size, he has the speed and agility of a point guard and the size of power forward or a small center. He didnt get to where he was because of his skillz, it was because physically no one can hang with him. He is just now really starting to match his freakish physical abilities with basketball fundamentals and skills.
  17. Sudos KFC Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 12:16


    ^its called youtube....try searching on it. Then post.
  18. Stak40 Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 12:20


    I assume you directed your comment to me...care to elaborate?
  19. WithoutRemorse Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 12:33


    Gentlemen - allow me to possibly clarify. I'm not GSP, and i dont know him. But i suspect what my french Canadian friend was attempting to say is that in MMA - BOTH Athletes have elite cardio and elite strength its what they do. The differentiator is going to be the guy who's more efficient, they guy that conserves and uses his energy when necessary. But i have no answer for his wanting to be more marketable bs at the end there. Probably, something his UFC handler had him say.
  20. JessB Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 12:35


    Doesn't believe in strength and conditioning...then why hire Pierre Roy, one of Canada's best Olympic strength coaches, as his explosive strength coach? THey've been working together since the HArdy fight.
  21. jimbonics Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 12:46


    misleading headline. he isn't black, so he obviously isn't an athlete.
  22. MaxTheLimit Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 12:56


    'But i have no answer for his wanting to be more marketable bs at the end there.' Joke maybe? I think you were onto something about the language issue. I think the intent is to say that all fighters have decent gas tanks and good strength. More about precise efficiency than physical ability. I'd have to agree that would be my guess as to what he meant.
  23. Momoplata Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 01:05


    GSP has us all on GPS. When he knocks on our doors for hating...dont be suprised. He'll start by superman punching our wives, hi hooo. Then he'll come for us... you hear a french ass whisper from the shadows..."I was not impressed by your comments"... Then emerges GSP, who shoots directly for the double leg, and proceeds to Efficiently kicking the shit us...all over a comment... GSP, its just a comment u effing cock
  24. ghostboner Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 01:19


    I thought this article was gonna be about Phil Davis... *props jimbionics
  25. k-onda Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 02:34


    So two things I've long suspected, but have finally been able to confirm today: 1. GSP is secretly gay 2. GSP is secretly black Now, I'm still working on "secretly an X-Man."
  26. Smitty Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 03:07


    Funny shit Momoplata.
  27. RearNakedSpoon Says:

    Fri, 12/10/10 - 03:20


    As an engineer this explains exactly why I like MMA and GSP so much. Also, "mild-mannered French Canadian cyborg" have you been reading my letters to Santa?!?!

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