Coming off a seven fight win streak in the UFC, 20-2 Jim Miller is honing his game and logging time on the TRX Suspension Trainer in preparation for his upcoming bout with Ben Henderson at UFC Live on Versus: Hardy vs. Lytle. The octagon door will swing shut behind the duo on August 14th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Miller plans to live up to Dana White’s recent proclamation that Miller is a serious contender who could well be on the path to a title shot.
But Miller’s not one to look past his next fight and looks forward to the challenge he faces in Henderson. “Ben’s good in all areas. I’m comfortable on my feet and on the ground, too,” he says. A proficient wrestler who came onto the MMA scene via Planet Jiu Jitsu where he started training with his brother and fellow UFC fighter Dan, Jim Miller has a well-rounded game and aggressive training plan that he’s dialed in with the help of the TRX Suspension Trainer and strength and conditioning ace Martin Rooney. “Martin has implemented the TRX into my training almost every day and I use it for supplemental training, too.”
Rooney has Miller use the TRX for dynamic warmups, static stretching after workouts, and during strength and conditioning sessions where the TRX has become a core training staple. While it’s always fun to try flashy new movements on the TRX, the good old fashioned—and insanely taxing—TRX Body Saw has been a go-to in Miller’s S&C program. “Something people don’t realize is that if you have a weak core it affects your back and your hamstrings and can cause headaches. I never did core training before, but since I’ve started using the TRX I’ve alleviated a lot of back pain I used to experience. And with a strong core I feel more comfortable breathing during a fight and getting hit in the stomach.”
Miller ends up touching the TRX for prehab, training or regenerative work almost every day. His most challenging TRX core training sessions typically come at the end of brutal S&C sessions that focus on deadlifts, presses, squats, sprints, and pull-ups.
His biggest tip for other athletes is to respect recovery in order to make the most of your hard work. “When I’m not training, I’m resting,” says Miller. “Rest is very important. If you’re training tired, you’re going to get hurt. You need rest as much as the physical exertion.”