Feedback that I hear the most at Lucky Jiu-Jitsu and Fitness Club in Southlake is how my students have lost “so much weight” and “how in shape” they are by just training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
For a person who has trained in martial arts for over 30 years, the fact that you lose weight is not surprising. But what seems so natural for a long time BJJ student, is how often it is a big surprise for a beginner.
If you don’t have prior knowledge in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, it is hard to see while you practice, you work every single muscle of body – from your neck to your toes!
After the desire to learn self-defense, getting in shape by doing something out of the ordinary is the second most popular reason people sign up for our martial arts programs. Without knowing too much about it, they might say “I’m not doing anything to get into shape right now, so let’s give Brazilian Jiu-jitsu a try – it looks fun.” Little do they know just how great of an exercise BJJ really is. With Jiu-jitsu, they get into a full body workout that mixes cardio and strength training, as well as increasing flexibility.
How Can Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu do all that?
Every class of a professional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy starts with a good warm-up in which you work your cardio, your core, and your other major muscles – as well as stretching your whole body by doing specific BJJ moves and routines. Notice that i said “professional” Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy – beware of some schools that skip the warm up, a crucial element of practice and training. just by completing the warm-up, you are doing more exercise than 80% of the world’s population does on a daily basis.
After the warm-up, you will do drills that help you learn specific techniques the instructor is focused on during that class, which will also work a combination of cardio, strength, flexibility, and in this case, your mind too. The techniques are interesting to learn and the drills are fun. Most students lose track of time because they are so focused and are having so much fun.
The sparring, or rolling, is where you reach the peak of your workout. Now, you are not only trying to execute the techniques you’ve learned, but you are doing it with a partner that is trying to do the same on you. That is when the adrenaline kicks in (which helps to consume a big part of your energy and burns a lot of your unwanted calories), and the mind game also starts. Because you are using your body as a fighting machine, the more parts of your body you can use, the better your performance will be. Without you even noticing, you are exercising every single muscle in your body while you are having fun and trying to win the match!
So let me ask – are you doing anything this fun to get in shape? I invite you to give us a try! Call Lucky Jiu Jitsu & Fitness Club now at (817)888-1380 and I will give you a FREE trial.
Lucky Jiu Jitsu & Fitness Club
1607 Hart St. #100 Southlake, TX 76092