After starting her pro career with two straight losses, strawweight up-and-comer Mandy Polk rebounded in 2015 by picking up back-to-back wins.
According to Polk, the turnaround wasn’t just an overnight thing, but the result of hard work and the natural growth she experienced as a fighter.
“The first half of my career went pretty hard, but the second half has been pretty awesome. I’ve learned a lot and have gotten in a lot of great training all the way and have gotten better,” Polk told MMAWeekly.com.
“It’s maturation as a fighter. With that comes knowing what you need to do, even if it’s uncomfortable; being responsible for your own growth so that you improve noticeably, even in your weak spots and the places you don’t work.”
Having previously experienced being on an athletic stage in fitness competitions, Polk has been able to bring some of what she learned in that world over to MMA.
“Fighting is not fitness competitions. I know that; I get it. They’re completely different,” she said. “But for example, when I did fitness competitions, I would do well, rest up, recover and make a ton of improvements over time, then make a huge jump in competition and do well, and it has been my goal to do that in fighting.
“Performance nutrition helps with the cutting process and fueling my training. If something is off, I typically know why. The things I bring from fitness are being positive, knowing how to have effective training sessions, to when I know when I’m over-training, knowing how to deal with it and have recovery.”
Polk (2-2) will look to win her third straight ….View full article