The Top 6 Exercises Andre Galvao Uses to Improve BJJ Performance

The Top 6 Exercises Andre Galvao Uses to Improve BJJ Performance

Just how much strength training do you really need for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? One school of thought advocates virtually no strength training at all, where this modality of training is seen as something that dilutes your attention from the mats. Then, there’s the second school of thought, where strength training is something you should be doing every single day.

The rule of thumb, of course, lies somewhere in the middle.


Lifting heavy weights and/or doing bodyweight exercises should definitely be a part of your training schedule; and not just because you’ll look better when spreading that Gi for an after-win photo. Strength training will, first and foremost, reduce your chances of hearing that popping sound: studies have shown that the athletes who incorporate strength-building routines are much less injury-prone than the ones who don’t. The saying „steel sharpens steel“ isn’t wrong, as your tendons, ligaments, muscles and other connective tissues will become bulletproof under the barbell.

It will increase your chances of tournament success as well! For sure, technique is king in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but strength is still a powerful queen.
Just imagine two athletes that are kind of the „same“. They have been training for approximately the same time and they possess around the same level of experience and technique… They are on the same playing field, except when it comes to strength! So, who do you think will win in a match: the stronger or the weaker athlete?

Yup, it’s that simple. If the gym hasn’t been an acquaintance of yours up until now, it’s high time to befriend it.

Electrum Performance’s Coach Alex Sterner and Professor Andre Galvao each bring 3 of their favorite exercises to prepare the modern grappler for BJJ.

In this video we provide a well-rounded array of exercises that help prepare an athlete for the multifaced demands of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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