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UFC Quick Quote: Georges St. Pierre 'never' does strength and conditioning and only lifts weights 'for looks'


"I don't believe in strength and conditioning. I never do strength and conditioning. I do not believe that running on a treadmill or doing I don't know what, so called machine. I don't believe that's going to help you have better cardio for a fight. 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 ... 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, and 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. There's nothing wrong with that you know ... Yeah, I lift weights for looks. Yeah, I am gonna admit it. Sometimes after I'm training, I'm gonna lift weights, but I'm not doing it because I'm gonna punch harder, or I'm gonna be stronger, because it has nothing to do with it. I'm doing it because you know, I want to to be like you know, have a good shape. I do it for myself."

Anyone out there think Georges St. Pierre is trying to get inside the head of Josh Koscheck by downplaying his gym routine? Or does the reigning UFC welterweight champion pump himself up just to keep the marketing opportunities coming? Can a fighter achieve his kind of success in combat sports if they "never" do strength and conditioning? Let's hear your take on the "Rush" system as explained to Joe Rogan on the UFC's "Ultimate Insider" webisode 18 (via Bloody Elbow).

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