Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – it’s good for you

Lose weight with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!

There are many benefits to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.  For many students weight loss is a primary goal for their BJJ training.  BJJ combined with a good diet is a great way to lose weight and keep the weight off.  The first step to using BJJ to lose weight is to just get started.

Start BJJ- Many people feel the need to get in shape before they start BJJ.  This is usually a mistake; just start training, there is no need to get in shape to exercise.  It is better to have a slow start than a delayed start.  Sure it will be difficult being on the mat with extra weight.  If you wanted to lose weight the easy way you would be talking to a doctor for a quick fix, not a BJJ coach.

Doing BJJ- After you do BJJ for a while you will get hooked.  This is the sweet spot for losing weight and keeping it off.  For many people, they have to force themselves to workout.  For people who are hooked on BJJ, they have an internal drive to be on the mat, the exercise is just an added benefit.  If you continue to do BJJ you will live a healthy lifestyle.  Eating healthy will be easier to do, because eating poorly will slow down your abilities on the mat.  You may find after you lose some weight you might need to change your style from grappling like a heavier person to that of a lighter person.

Quitting BJJ- BJJ is difficult at times, but it is imperative that you stick with it.  Not quitting BJJ is your ticket to long term weight loss, and a healthy life style.  It sounds simple, but one of your main goals should be to not stop training.  Make sure that you are having fun as you train.  If you are busy, put BJJ on your schedule.  Injury causes some students to miss class and ultimately stop training all together; get healed up and get back on the mat.  You might feel like you hit a plateau and you’re not improving; just remember you are still getting an amazing workout.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can bring a lot of great things to your life.  Being fit is just one of the many benefits.  People who are hooked on BJJ have a lot of fun and get a full body workout.

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