Frank “The Crank” Camacho knows the power of habit, and emphasizes its importance in his new vlog: Back At It! Wrestling Practice. The fight remains in Camacho’s blazing spirit as he returns to the Marianas and training in the Marianas, refining his techniques with Spike 22 Wrestling Practice and eager for more opportunities in the UFC octagon.
“It’s good to be back home, with the family, the friends…” he admits, drenched in sweat and still wearing his mouth guard, prepared to return to his training at any moment, “You appreciate home just a little bit more when you tend to be away from it.”
According to Science News Biological Sciences writer Jonathan Lambert, running just once a week lowers people’s risk of death by 27%; this research is one of many scientific evidence that states consistency and discipline will allow a human body to live longer, and live healthy.
Consistency and discipline are not strangers to Frank Camacho. In the spacious gymnasium of Custom Fitness Gof Metgot Guam, Camacho goes hard on the mat, enduring powerful repetitions of dynamic stretching, cardio exercises and traditional wrestling.
“I’m back with the boys, just getting some wrestling practices in,” Camacho says, “Just staying in good shape, fine-tuning, […] building off of that.”
Combat sports and ground fighting is a lifestyle, and requires continuous physical conditioning. Mixed Martial Arts must be practiced until it is instinctive, until it becomes muscle memory. Few people are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to become an MMA athlete and stay an MMA athlete, but, staying true to his island warrior spirit, Camacho willfully makes those sacrifices in order to improve and excel as the only active UFC athlete of the Marianas.
“After any fight, […] you’re always in shape, a six to eight to twelve week fight camp; your weight is down, you’re in really good shape— and it’s very easy for people to fall off pattern and just get out of shape,” Camacho advises, generously sharing his experience with aspiring athletes all over the Marianas, “Just as easy as it is to get out of shape, it’s just as easy to get in shape; it’s really just about getting the repetitions, and building good habits. The more bad habits you have, the better you are at doing bad habits. The more good habits you have, the better you are at doing good habits.”
So build good habits, Marianas!