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Calvin Pace Turns to MMA

Calvin Pace will turn to an interesting training method during his suspension.

During his upcoming four-week suspension for taking a banned substance, Jets linebacker Calvin Pace will turn to Mixed Martial Arts training to keep him NFL-ready.

It's an approach to working out that more and more athletes from other sports are taking up because of the physical nature of the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training and the cardiovascular benefits.

Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart engaged in the man-on-man training regimen this past offseason to get physically and mentally stronger and NBA great Shaquille O'Neal has been involved in it for the past few years.

''Anybody can go out and run a mile, but I need something specific to actual game work or practice work,'' Pace told The Star-Ledger. ''That way you can stay in game shape.

It's good to see him come up with an idea like this that at least keeps him doing physical work with contact, but nothing aside from games really keeps you in game shape.