Aponte Training Systems has experience helping athletes build their bodies. Aponte Training Systems has experience in training professional MMA, Pro-Boxing. Pro bodybuilding athletes have been serviced and brought some of the greatest athletes in the world to the highest levels in all these fields with major success. Winning many bodybuilding titles including the 2000 -Arnold Schwarzenegger classic.
Aponte Training Systems Consulting and Assisting on teams in Pro UFC MMA. Winning numerous division belts/Titles. Successfully assisting winning 3 UFC belts. Consulting involved with Team BJ Penn winning 3 UFC belts and into the UFC Hall of Fame.
In December of 2005, Toney left his home in Atlanta and headed off to Seattle, where he would live and breathe bodybuilding for 12 weeks under the guidance of trainer Anthony Aponte. Freeman had just pulled a hamstring and could not train legs at all, which created a unique opportunity to improve the two areas that truly needed it: chest and arms. Both were hit three times a week, chest in the morning and arms at night. And when I say hit, they were whacked with no mercy. Biceps and triceps each got five or six different exercises, and the total number of sets averaged between 55 and 57. The reps were the standard 10 to 12, but many times Aponte would extend the sets with 5 or 6 more forced reps. “He would pick up where the muscle would fail,” Toney says. “It was very intense. The pain felt like a blowtorch, more so because he demanded that I kept the form strict no matter how much it hurt.” It was pure torture, but there was a light at the end of the tunnel of pain. Freeman’s arms went from 21 inches cold to 22 1/2 inches by the time he left Seattle.
Penn’s training regimen has come under scrutiny — and criticism — in the past. He’s working again with trainer Tony Aponte, whom he worked with in preparation for Pulver, Sherk and Joe Stevenson. He’s also brought in some fearsome training partners with names familiar to MMA fans, including Tyron Woodley, Ben Askren, Pat Healy, Jay Hieron, Josh Thomson and Tarec Saffiedine.
Adam Wagner (MMAmania.com): You’ve been working with a new strength and conditioning coach and nutritionist in Tony Aponte, who also works with fighters like B.J. Penn. In B.J.’s case, it kinda makes sense because he has to drop weight to compete in the lightweight division. But this is sort of uncommon for a heavyweight fighter, who typically can eat whatever they want.
Heath Herring: (Laughs). Right. Well, really to be honest with you, it makes sense. I think my cardio was the best it’s ever been in (the Kongo) fight. We actually beat a cardio monster in Kongo in that fight. So we beat him at his own game. Even finishing up in that third round we were going just as strong as we started off.
So I’m really looking forward to being able to bring that to the table here for the next one.
Adam Wagner (MMAmania.com): So does Aponte have you drinking stuff like organic protein shakes and the like?