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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be humbled to further help others reach their potential.