Martial Arts At Penn State

State College, PA MMA Coach And Innovator Strives To Impact Lives Through Martial Arts And Fitness

Professional MMA Coach and Martial Arts Innovator, Bruce Lombard, continues his efforts to impact peoples lives in the State College and Penn State Community, and beyond.  His 25 years of martial arts experience, and his innovative methods through martial arts and fitness are aimed at making a positive difference for all genders, ages, and physical abilities.

Bruce Lombard is the owner of LombardMMA and has been teaching martial arts at Titan Fitness & Martial Arts located in State College, PA for over 15 years.  LombardMMA took its first steps in 2009 with its goals to teach martial arts and fitness to participants in a one on one or small group training environment.

LombardMMA started to broaden beginning in 2012 as the martial arts brand took on some innovative ideas.

In 2012, Bruce worked with local Physical Education teachers to create "Martial Arts Fitness" which is a Physical Education full curriculum.  The curriculum includes two separate units, instructional DVD's, and online membership for course instructions and consultation.  There are now multiple high schools in Pennsylvania and New York states that are using the unique and life-long curriculum.

Also in 2012, with the advice of a local high school football coach whom was a LombardMMA training client, Bruce created MMAFx.  MMAFx is a mixed martial arts off-season cross training system for football players.  The training includes techniques and drills from boxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, wrestling, and traditional martial arts that are similar to movements in football.

MMAFx currently works with multiple Penn State football players and multiple NFL players to help develop or increase their hand speed, agility, balance, timing, conditioning, and punching power.

The Houston Texans also incorporate MMAFx training elements led by Head Strength Coach and Assistant Strength Coach, Craig Fitzgerald and Sean Hayes.

In 2014 LombardMMA-FIT was created.  LombardMMA-FIT is an online fitness and martial arts at-home workouts.  It is Bruce's version of "Insanity" or any "Kickboxing Fitness" at home workout program.  The initiative was to do develop a workout with calisthenics, core training, plyometric and strength exercises...with the incorporation of real kickboxing and boxing techniques.

LombardMMA-FIT has the objective to not only help people get fit in the privacy of their own home, but also learn how to properly perform self-defense techniques.  The program includes four intensity levels of workouts and provides instructional videos for how to perform each kickboxing and boxing technique.

LombardMMA and Titan Fitness & Martial Arts is located at 127 Sowers Street, State College PA, one block off the Penn State Campus.  Visit for more information and how to participate in one or all the branches of LombardMMA.




Planning Your Meals And Snacks

One can consider feeding their body five to six times a day.  Eating every few hours supports your metabolism and provides necessary energy to get through  your workouts.

Try to consider eating at least 1,200 calories a day.  Any intake under this can limit your necessary energy levels to get the most out of your workouts.  Workout intensity will decrease which will lead to lower fitness levels and decreased weight loss.  Low calorie intake can make your body think it is starving and twist your metabolism in the opposite direction.

Snacks should be considered on average to be about 100 calories or less.  This can increase if necessary.  If to much of an increase is needed for energy, you should consider that snack a meal and adjust your meal plan for the day.

Stay hydrated!!  Consider drinking at least eight glasses or 64 ounces of water a day.  If sweating a lot or it is a hot environment, drink more if necessary.  Water is very valuable because it has zero calories, keeps you satiated, and helps flush out toxins from your body.  Try to avoid to much intake, if any, of juices, flavored waters, and other high calorie drinks within your day.

Consider this daily meal and snack plan:

BREAKFAST:  Within an hour of waking up.

SNACK:  Two to three hours of waking up.

LUNCH:  Two to three hours after snack

SNACK:  Two to three hours after lunch

DINNER:  Two to three hours after snack.  Eat at least two to three hours before going to bed.

Support Your Training Partners

Remember that we all started somewhere, and helping the new, training with our equals, and learning from our mentors are all equally valuable.  Helping the new learn will help you grow while you share knowledge so that others can eventually help push you to be better.  Training with your equals will motivate all of you to grow together.  And, training with your mentors and others that are more experienced and better than you will help mold you and keep you humble, which is the best ingredient for self-growth and reaching your potential.

Train HARD, Train SAFE, Have FUN!!

Gauging Exercise Intensity Using Your Heart Rate

One way of gauging your exercise or workout intensity is to see how hard your heart is beating during or after the activity.  The following are steps that can be taken to calculate this measurement so you can get the most out of workouts regarding proper intensity for your health and fitness goals.

Step One:   You first have to figure out your estimated maximum heart rate.  The basic way is to subtract your age from 220.  For example, if your age is 20, and you subtract this from 220, your maximum heart rate would be 200.  This is the maximum times your heart should beat per minute when exercising.

* Once you know your estimated maximum heart rate, you can calculate your desired heart rate target zone.  This zone is the level at which your heart is being moderately conditioned but not overworked.

Step Two:  Determining your target zone.  There are two levels considered, moderate(lower limit) and vigorous(upper limit) target zone.  Moderate can be considered 50 to 70 percent of your max heart rate, and vigorous is considered 70 to 85 percent of your max heart rate.

So, using our example numbers from above, your moderate(lower limit) target zone will be calculated by multiplying 200 x 0.5 for low end and 200 x 0.7 for high end.  So after calculating this would show a moderate target zone of 100 - 140 beats per minute.

A vigorous(upper limit) target zone would calculate as, 200 x 0.7 for low end and 200 x 0.85 for high end.  So your target heart rate zone for vigorous exercise intensity would be 140 - 170 beats per minute.

* To check beats per minute/heart rate, check your pulse at your wrist by placing two fingers between your bone and tendon over your radial artery which is located on the thumb side of  your wrist.

Step Three:  Whether during or immediately following your workouts, check pulse for 15 seconds for quickest reading.  After reading number of beats within 15 seconds, multiply this number by four.  This will give you your current heart rate.  For example, if you recorded 30 beats in 15 seconds, multiplied by four, this would calculate to 120 beats per minute.  According to our example above, this would put you in the moderate intensity level zone.


LombardMMA – Your Source For Learning MMA On-Line

LombardMMA provides MMA and Kickboxing "how to" instructional videos, home fitness workouts, training workouts, training strategies, and much much more.

LombardMMA has brought MMA and Kickboxing training into peoples homes.  For individuals that can't get to the gym, can't afford gym fees, or do not have a martial arts training facility in their area...LombardMMA is here for you!

As a "Premium Member" of LombardMMA, members can access hundreds of resources to learn, practice, and develop skills in MMA, kickboxing, and martial Arts fitness.  There is a "Member Forum" that helps members communicate with Coach Lombard in order to help develop their skills, set up personal workout routines, and discuss martial arts training strategies.

LombardMMA also offers "in person" private marital arts training and on-line personal video training.

JOIN THE TEAM and develop your martial arts skills and fitness levels!!