Starting with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is tough. You get to the class and everyone else is better than you are… Heck, even those other white belts who’ve been training for just 2 or 3 months seem to be ahead of you by simply not being gassed out as much. And, well, that just might be because you’re kind of out of shape.
So, how are you supposed to improve your cardio as an out of shape BJJ white belt? Other than actually training and rolling as frequently as possible, there are 2 things you can do.
TIPS FOR AN OUT OF SHAPE BJJ WHITE BELT
If you’re looking to put your best performance into training, if you want to push yourself to the limit, and if you want to improve as much as possible… Then you need to take care of what sort of food you eat.
Quite simply: if you want your car to perform at its best, you’re going to be on the watch-out for the fuel you put into it. And it’s no different from your body – if you want it to perform at its best, then you need to invest proper nutrition into it. Therefore, start cleaning up your diet a bit. Your cardio will be much more easily improvable that way.
Secondly, if you have some days off the mats, you can start using them for engaging into steady state cardio workouts. Go for a jog, use the rowing machine, swim… Just make sure that you don’t do too much of it, too soon. And that you’re not making your joints suffer – they’re already suffering enough while you’re on the mats.
Nick “Chewy” Albin explains more on these tips for out of shape BJJ white belts, on the video below: