strength and conditioning

  • 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...
  • Using Kettlebells To Up Your Game

    Using Kettlebells To Up Your Game.

    Many of the most novel and innovative ideas in the strength and conditioning industry have been around much longer than people realize. Medicine balls, Indian clubs and even exercise bands have been used for more than a century, even though they have increased in popularity in recent years. Another...
  • Don’t Be Tight Quad!

    Way back in Issue 3 we touched on how having tight hamstrings can affect your flexibility, mobility and cause back pain. Typically, the natural response by most athletes is to stretch the hamstrings on a consistent basis to become more limber. While this is obviously beneficial, all too often...
  • BAND TRAINING FOR JIU-JITSU

    Improve your overall performance on the mats with band training. ...
  • Grips and Hips Interview with Mike Saffaie

    Grips and hips may sound catchy, but it is the methodology and approach of strength and conditioning for coach Mike Saffaie who happens to work with some of the top athletes in combat sports. A brown belt himself under Rener and Ryron...
  • FujiFit Soft Kettlebells

    Kettlebells have quickly become a popular workout tool in the fitness community. Their proper use improves body movements and strengthens cores, making them ideal for grapplers. Essentially, kettlebells are cannonballs with handles attached to them. Typically constructed of iron, they would likely outlast the zombie apocalypse. Their construction, however,...
  • Sprinting for Jiu-Jitsu

    Often overlooked for more stylish exercises like battle ropes and kettlebell swings, sprinting has a list of useful benefits that can help any jiu-jitsu player. Whether you’re a hobbyist or active competitor, sprinting will improve your conditioning, body composition, and mental toughness. It has been shown to improve the...
  • Pull-up Power!

    If for any reason you’ve missed the theme of our past two issues, we’re on a big calisthenics kick right now. We’ve shown you how to push-up your game and improve your core performance through planks, but now it’s time to raise yourself up and go above the bar...
  • Bulgarian Bag Training For Grapplers

    The Bulgarian Bag was designed specifically with one sport in mind, grappling. In 2005, the bag’s creator, Ivan Ivanov, was looking to create a fitness tool that could be used on the wrestling mat while offering an intense, functional workout without damaging the mat’s surface. The crescent-shaped, sand-filled bag...