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Strength Training For BJJ : DONT WASTE YOUR TIME!

Perception IS reality!

Social media is filled with it

Posts of a happy couple smiling together. The perception is story book relationship

Posting pictures of fancy cars and nice clothes. The perception is wealth

Pictures of someone flexing large muscles. The perception is they’re strong…..

We only see what’s on the surface, we see what posted for show, not what’s always real.

I’m bringing this up because I recently posted a video of when Jiu Jitsu athletes can fit in their strength training.

One particular poster on Redditt, told me “No one who does BJJ should ever do strength training, big muscles in BJJ hurts your game”

He went on to tell me why I HAVE to listen to him because he is purple belt…. I guess just drop it all and go home right?  No further discussion needed…

Truth is, I see this all the time in BJJ. It’s someone trying to justify to themselves why THEY don’t do any strength training.

Their perception of strength training is it will just make them have bigger muscles.

But the REALITY is that proper strength training can assist someone’s Jiu-Jitsu dramatically.

I’ve NEVER told an athlete “You need bigger muscles.”  My goal is always to help athletes become the strongest version of themselves.

With Jiu Jitsu, the goal should be to become the strongest you can possibly be in your weight class.

I can agree with the Reddit poster, that in some situations bigger muscles can be detrimental to your game.  And its going to be impossible to improve your strength and conditioning without gaining some muscle.

But we’re not talking bodybuilding muscle, that’s a whole different game.

If you compare a Powerlifter or Olympic Lifter vs a Bodybuilder it’s not even close!

There are guys weighing around 150lbs who are much stronger than a 300lbs bodybuilder.

We just have to keep in mind we’re training for function not for show!

I’m sure ill hash it out with others about the importance of strength training with heir Jiu Jitsu again.

I welcome the conversation to further educate the community and help athletes improve all aspects of their game.

If you’re struggling with finding the balance for time, or just need help further developing your strength.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

You can reach me by email support@derbycitymartialarts.com.  I’d be humbled to further help others reach their potential.


 

Strength Training For BJJ : Don’t Do it?

I can’t believe it!

The fact I would ever have to a rebuttal video on if someone should or should not do strength training.

Of all things, for such a physically demanding sport that requires explosive speed, STRONG ligaments, and muscular endurance.

Specifically talking about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

It goes without saying, I’m a little bias on strength training and lifting weights.  But I can even respect the articles authors opposed option and passion on the subject.

To just simply tell any athlete in a physically demanding sport “muscles are bad” is well……insane.

Honestly not only is it bad information, but its irresponsible.

I was recently tagged in an article in Jiu Jitsu times, stating that Jiu Jitsu athletes shouldn’t do strength training.

There reasons listed you should not do strength training for BJJ.

 

It takes to much time…

You wont have any mobility….

You’ll be slow…

You’ll get beat…

 

More so it seem the authors bias opinion stems from “he doesn’t lift weights here is why you shouldn’t either”

I’ve never seen or studied a  particular instance where proper strength training provided negative results to an athlete and their respective sport.

Outside of a medical reason, you should absolutely be implementing strength training into your normal routine.

If you’re simply struggling and don’t know where to start, don’t worry we do have a 10 week strength training program, specifically for Jiu Jitsu athletes, that is about to release!


 

BJJ : How to Build Your Conditioning For Jiu Jitsu

“I need to start training with you to get my cardio up.”
Regardless if said with the intentions of following through, or passively mention iust acknowledge lack of cardio.
If you’re an athlete at our gym, at some point you’ve told Chewy or myself “I need to start training with you to get my cardio up.”
The disconnect there is our Instagram and YouTube is filled with the highlights.
The heavy lifting, the one rep max, the fun stuff everyone wants to see.
The real truth behind building up your cardio, it’s not sexy.  It’s not fun, you will not enjoy it.
When it comes to building your conditioning for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, athletes tend to misconnect “workout” as building conditioning.
Building workout conditioning such as you’ll see in crossfit style workouts, while has some benefits, does not relate well to your mat wind.
These are two different types of cardio, and can easily be exposed.
I like to recommend athletes who want to work on their pure cardio, interval training, in the same fashion they roll.  
Five to six minute rounds of intervals.  Going one to two minutes over their match times.  Here’s an example of our workout.
6 Minutes of:
:20 sprint – :10 rest
**Rest 3 Minutes**
6 Minutes of:
:10 sprint – :20 rest
**Rest 3 Minutes**
6 Minutes of:
:20 sprint – :10 rest
**Rest 3 Minutes**


Strength Training For BJJ : How to Find Balance

“Train Smarter Not Harder”

I’m sure at some point you’ve heard any variation of that quote. Buy why wouldn’t we work on training harder AND smarter.

I’m frequently ask in one way or another from athletes in our gym, how they should split up their strength training with their Jiu Jitsu.

First, don’t over do it! Don’t think you HAVE to do BJJ and strength training in the same day.

Like most cases limiting factors outside of time is sleep, nutrition, and age. All playing a major role in your capacity to train and recover.

Those being our limiting factors, I NEVER recommend doing BJJ and Strength training back to back.

There is some gray area here in which you use one for technique one for a hard session. But in general when this question is ask,

I’m assuming you’re looking at putting eighty to ninety percent effort into both your Jiu Jitsu and strength training.

In which case one will suffer. Split it up based on your priorities. Not everything has to be done EVERY DAY!

Be mindful of your training, your body, listen to it! You have to find what works for you, don’t force it!