A Game Worthy of Playing
Friedrich Nietzsche said, “He who has a why can bear almost any how,” meaning that a clear recognition of one’s purpose is the most important factor in navigating the challenges of life. I believe the same can be said for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It is a game more challenging than almost any other – one that has the ability to uncover previously hidden fears and anxieties
Nutrition For Combat Sports
So what does a good diet look like?
Simply put, a good diet is going to provide all of the energy (calories) necessary to optimally both perform and recover, while also including all of the vitamins, minerals and water necessary to keep the body healthy and functioning well.
Of all food we can put in our bodies, there are three types that provide energy – fats, proteins and carbohydrates. These are called “macronutrients.” Fats provide the most energy per gram (9kcal/g), while proteins and carbs contain 4kcal/gram (To make it simpler, just think “9 energies” per gram or “4 energies per gram”). While each macronutrient provides energy to the body, they do so in unique ways. Fats, for example, are generally broken down and turned into energy during lower intensity movement, while carbohydrates are converted to glycogen, stored in the muscles, and utilized during higher intensity training. Protein is crucial for muscle growth and recovery.
Four Movements for Stronger Grappling
Once you start training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, or any time type of grappling, you start looking for ways to improve. You want to get better, faster. This can lead to alkaline rich diets, endless hours of YouTube technique videos, and, even, sporting the newest version of compression tights. In the midst of these many options for grappling improvement, you start wondering about sport specific workouts.
The search for functional training can lead any number of places. As a means to steer you away from the musclehead mirror gazing narcissist mindlessly curling dumbbells while handing out “bro science” advice like a pumped up proselytizer, these four exercises provide an approachable starting point for increased grappling strength and conditioning.