Enhance your BJJ Game: Weight Lifting

Enhance your BJJ Game: Weight Lifting

There are many ways that weight lifting can enhance your BJJ game, and not all of it comes from the obvious answer of increased strength. Yes, lifting weights does increase strength, but certain types of lifting regimens can lower your flexibility which is a negative in terms of BJJ. That is why it is recommended that you do a lower weight but a high rep workout when adding lifting weights to your supplemental workouts.

There are many ways that weight lifting can enhance your BJJ game, and not all of it comes from the obvious answer of increased strength. Yes, lifting weights does increase strength, but certain types of lifting regimens can lower your flexibility which is a negative in terms of BJJ. That is why it is recommended that you do a lower weight but a high rep workout when adding lifting weights to your supplemental workouts.

No matter what type of workout you do, lifting weights has many added benefits. The biggest of which is an increase in hand strength. Anytime I stop lifting weights for a while my hand strength decreases and it is hard to hold onto lapels. When I do lift, my grip is increased from doing anything sort of workout since holding on to weight forces your hand to workout.

Weight lifting also teaches you how to control your breathing just like running. Many people use pattern breathing when lifting weights like breathing out as you push the weight and breathing in as you bring the weight back down into place. As stated before, breathing is a big part of keeping your cardio going. Without proper breathing many people gas out quicker than they would like to.

Lastly, you can spot strengthen your body. If you have a weak guard, you can workout aspects of your guard that are weak whether they be your thighs, calves or hips. You can do this for any aspect of your game. Lifting weights is a valuable asset to enhancing your BJJ game since your workouts can be manipulated to help you increase whatever aspect you want to increase. Do not rely on the stereotype that lifting weights will reduce your flexibility or else you will be left in the dust from your training partners that do lift weights as part of their regimen.

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