So you wish to train even MORE than you’ve been training up until now? You’re really in love with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!
You know what they say: „He who really wants to do something, will always find a way.“ So, you can train more often, but you need to be careful and strategic about it… At the very least, if you don’t want to get injured!
Here are a couple of tips for training more, without getting injured in the process.
SCHEDULE IT UP
The most important, and the most pragmatic thing you could do is to devise a training schedule. That is to say, don’t add additional training sessions at random. Don’t just jump into training whenever you feel like it, but be strategic when it comes to when you train during the week.
Develop a schedule that will have all of your training sessions logged into it, with at least one day of full rest (or, if you really don’t want to rest, of light rolling or stretching). This will make sure both that you’re getting adequate rest and that you know what you’re doing on a specific day.
This is really crucial because, as you’ll see in the next few tips, you’ll have to add different types of physical activities and intensities to your training… If you want to keep progressing and stay injury-free.
MIX YOUR INTENSITY
If you’re going to train 6 or more times per week, understand this: there’s no way that you’re going to roll pedal to the metal in each training session.
There’s just not a chance that you’ll be able to train at full intensity every day. If you attempt to do this, you’ll quickly notice how your cardio drops drastically with each day, and you’ll crash and burn pretty soon.
So, when you’re devising your training schedule, make sure that it has a mix of full intensity and less-intensity training sessions. One way to do this is to be pragmatic about how you roll; some days you can leave for all-out rolls, while other days can be reserved for light rolls or just drilling.
Doing it like so will keep you progressing at an optimal pace, while leaving out almost any room for injury.
STRETCH AND FOAM ROLL LIKE CRAZY
If there’s one „type“ of training that you should do more than any other – even more than drilling – during your quest for additional training sessions… Then that’s going to be stretching and foam rolling.
Honestly, you’re going to have to stretch and foam roll like it’s your way of life. You ought to do it in the mornings, after training, and in the evenings before bed.
If you don’t add these two components to your training schedule, you’ll quickly find out how it is like to be in constant pain, tightness, and chronic injuries. So, whatever you do, don’t skip stretching and foam rolling in your routine. Ever.
YOU NEED MORE STRENGTH
The last piece of your training puzzle is to be found in strength training. If you can add just two strength training sessions per week, do it. Even if it is at the expense of a couple of BJJ sessions.
Yes, seriously! Strength training is that important. It will not only keep you ahead of everyone who has approximately the same level of BJJ skill as you do, but it will also help you stay injury free.
A strong body is a healthy body. Therefore, add in some deadlifts, squats, overhead presses, pull-ups, and core exercises to begin with.
Take care of your body. Without it, you’re not going to roll.
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