Here are a handful of mistakes that I see people making when developing a conditioning plan for jiu jitsu. Many fighters over the years have consistently made these mistakes and I wanted to share them with you, so you can avoid making them and streamline your training moving forward. Below I break down 4 common mistakes and offer some suggestions on avoiding these challenges.
Top 4 Mistakes People Make When Conditioning for BJJ
1. Too Much “Conditioning”
Guys are just doing way too much. Cardio, running, endurance, circuits, jiu jitsu rounds…when you’re doing too much, our body is not able to improve.
2. Technical Failure
When you constantly striving for fatigue, in the weight room or onn the mats, the sloppy technique and poor body positions are what carry over to your competition. You’re actually teaching yourself to compete with bad mechanics.
3. No Structure
Doing random workouts instead of having a structured plan of attack for each sessions and/or for the whole workout plan. Are you getting better or just tired?
4. Mixed Demands
When I show up and do random things, we end up sending mixed signals to the body and it doesn’t know what to adapt to. If you have a targeted approach, your body will adapt and improve over time.
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Coach PJ Nestler is a Human Performance Specialist, with over a decade of experience preparing top athletes for competition, and a life mission to help athletes and coaches realize their true potential. He recently developed a NEW 12 Week Strength and Conditioning Program for Jiu Jitsu Athletes, called Submission Strength.