8 Principles of BJJ Strength and Conditioning




When it comes to BJJ strength and conditioning, certain principles are needed.

Oh, and look, I want to dispel something right away. I know there are those who wholeheartedly believe that if you want to get better at BJJ, you need to just spend more time on the mats.

I couldn’t agree more. That statement does hold truth to it.

The simple answer is, the more time on the mats the better.

More time drilling. More time rolling. More time learning.

Yes, yes, yes.

Spending maximum time on the mats is essential for well-rounded development.

Strength and conditioning is supplemental.

If you look at any elite grappler though, they’ll have a strength and conditioning routine in place. This strength and conditioning work, while it doesn’t make them champions in the weight room, does allow them to move better, feel stronger, roll longer and helps them to augment their game plans more readily.

Implement the following principles in your BJJ strength and conditioning and you’ll soon reap the same benefits.

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Simple, yet Savagely Effective Travel Conditioning Workout

Conditioning Workout

Simple, yet Savagely Effective Travel Conditioning Workout

There are a select few big reasons people tend to not do any form of strength and conditioning work. Money and time are the big ones, which I’ve actually already written about here. The third, less common, but I still hear frequently is “I can’t train when I travel”, or at least a sentiment to that effect.

The key to fitness, health, performance, strength and conditioning is staying consistent over the long-haul.

Being consistent with training when around your home base is one thing, but if the momentum shifts to inactivity during travel, then you’re seriously hurting your long term progress.

I know I mention this over-and-over, but I like to keep things as simple as possible. Over complicating things never ends well. Simplicity, consistency, mastery and grace will always be kings.

The following is my go-to when on the road.

It’s a simple, yet a savagely effective conditioning workout.

I’ve heard the term “minimalist conditioning” used previously and I can’t think of a better term for this.

It works.

It works incredibly well. View Post

3 Things that are Sabotaging your Diet and Fat-loss

Kettlebell Swings Fat loss

Look, I’m far from a “diet” guy.

I’m admittedly an amateur in the nutritional, fat loss and dietary realm.

I’m a strength coach.

I teach movements and get people stronger. By people I mean everyday people, as well as combat athletes – Grapplers, MMA guys, BJJ players and the like.

When it comes to diets I’m of the mind-set that pretty much any will work when one, it’s strictly adhered to, two it’s given the time to work (yes, things take time to work…) and three, the three things below are avoided. View Post

Coming Home

Today I have for you a guest post from John Greaves over at garage gym life.

I’ve not know John for too long, but honestly it takes no time at all to see just how passionate, how driven and how motivated he is towards training, helping others and building a solid community of lifters and friends.

I urge you to take the time to check out his blog and the wonderful things he’s doing for the garage, yard, living room, basement, outdoor, alternative lifters of this world.

Without further ramblings from me, here’s John…

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Too Busy Bullshit and Sandbag Training. The “Sandbag Slaughterer Workout”

Sandbag Training

Ahhhh yes, those days where life becomes relentless and the hours seem to pass by at a hasty, unstoppable pace.

Things get postponed, others cast aside and I’m as guilty as the next person for doing it. Yet for me, training never takes a backseat.

Yes, the workouts may be shortened. They may be abbreviated or changed completely from the day’s plan depending on the situation, the mood and the mind-set, but it never gets missed. View Post