Warming Up Properly (Part II)

  The last article examined the major mistakes made by athletes and coaches when designing warm-ups. This article defines the characteristics of a proper warm-up routine. Well-designed warm-up routines are (1) effective, (2) specific, and (3) useful. Effective An effective warm-up routine is one that accomplishes its goal – getting the athletes ready to work Read More …

Warming Up Properly

  It seems that many grappling coaches and athletes simply miss the point when it comes to class warm-ups. Warm-ups are physical and mental preparation for the upcoming training session. By raising body temperature, blood flow, and breathing rate they provide an optimal physiological environment for muscle contraction and metabolic processes. In addition, they allow Read More …

Strength Training for Grappling Athletes

  Strength and conditioning is a fundamental supplement to any athletic activity including judo, jiu-jitsu, and other grappling arts. Check out this article I wrote for www.mixedmartialworld.com on an effective strength training program for the hard-training grappling athlete. The key to effective programming for grapplers is to realize that the volume of resistance training must Read More …

How many calories did I burn during jiu-jitsu practice?

  The fundamental principle of weight gain, loss, or maintenance is energy balance. Take in more calories than you expend and you’ll gain weight. Take in fewer and you’ll lose weight. According to the available nutritional research it really isn’t much more complicated than that. There are a number of formulae for determining your resting Read More …