If you train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and you want to keep training it for a long time… Then it’s a good idea to incorporate some weight training into your routine, as lifting weights will make your joints healthier and your muscles stronger.
However, a lot of BJJ athletes make one grave mistake when they first start with weight training. And it’s a mistake that can be easily avoided – the mistake of doing too much too soon.
THE BIGGEST WEIGHT TRAINING MISTAKE OF BJJ ATHLETES
Yes, we understand that lifting weights is fun. And that you want to go into it as heavy and as frequently as possible. However, if your joints aren’t used to the stress that training in the gym brings with itself… You’re going to get injured.
And not only that, either! As you get injured and as you get into weight lifting with too much intensity from the get-go, you won’t have a chance to solidify a routine out of it.
Imagine if you were to try and cram something like 3 BJJ training sessions per day for the next 2-3 months; expecting that you’ll improve faster by doing it that way.
Sure, you would probably learn a bit more than you’d learn by training at a usual pace. But that advantage disappears when you (inevitably) get injured. And when you, then, cannot roll for prolonged periods of time.
It’s the same with weight lifting. Creating a routine is the most important thing, so don’t be afraid to start out lighter and with fewer training days per week.
This will turn it into something you feel like doing on a regular basis and will – as time goes by – improve your performance on the mats.
Nick “Chewy” Albin explains more on the video below: