fitness

  • First Quarter New Year Training: The Break-In

    New Year fitness goals are extremely popular especially because it allows us to start fresh no matter where we are in our fitness journey. Regardless if you have been training for years or you are just getting started, something has lead you to this specific section in Jiu-Jitsu Magazine...
  • 4 Supplements EVERY Grappler should Take [Plus a BONUS]

    As the head instructor of a jiu-jitsu academy, I field many questions about training jiu-jitsu. Most of the time, new grapplers want to know about techniques, concepts, and other philosophies that will help them improve. Further, I’m even asked about lifestyle habits such as how I eat, how I...
  • How Do You Rate? Understanding Your Heartrate.

    “Conditioning is your best hold.” Karl Gotch We all know what it’s like to have lost a match because we were too tired to perform up to our capabilities. In the eyes of the athlete their perceived problem is a lack of conditioning. The athlete’s thoughts immediately move to...
  • Flo With the BJJ9000 Jiu-Jitsu Accelerator

    For anyone who has been involved with the grappling arts long enough, it’s pretty common to at some point experience frustration of not having a training partner to drill a technique with over and over again, let along get in a good rolling session. There are plenty of variables...
  • Stretching With Your Belt

    If you’re the type who loves to constantly train and compete, then taking a break from rolling or working out may not be your thing; however, you can reap several benefits by taking time to stretch.  Stretching decreases muscle stiffness and the risk of low back pain.  It improves...
  • All About Stretching

    Stretching seems like a pretty simple topic, however, there is a little more to it than most think. When most people think of stretching, they are usually thinking of static stretching, or holding a “stretch” for 20-30 seconds then moving on to another. This has been the traditional warm-up...
  • Engaging Your Neck

    You may have heard the phrase, “Where the head leads, the body follows” at some time or another and this rings very true in jiu-jitsu, whether you’re on the offensive or defensive side of things during sparring or competition. In terms of offense, with a strong neck you are...
  • Gaining Mass for Jiu-Jitsu

    Most of the time athletes are looking to cut weight for sport. In combat sports like ours, where weight classes are used to level the playing field, it’s believed that there’s an advantage to cutting weight. If strength and other qualities can be maintained while dropping to a lower...
  • Charging Up Your Cardio for Jiu-Jitsu

    “Fatigue makes cowards of us all” – Vince Lombardi Why do so many people get tired when they compete? Preparing for competition requires a good game plan, discipline and consistent execution. A good game plan prepares an athlete for the demands of his sport, so technically, physically and mentally...