Balancing Brazillian Jiu Jitsu and Weight Training

March 25, 2014

This is my first Brazillian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) fight in my first competition over two or three years ago!  It’s been a good while since I last trained BJJ at my academy in Pasadena and I am reminded almost everyday how much I miss it.  I’ve had to put it on hold due to the fact that I currently am chasing the American powerlifting record.  Because of the significant amount of weight I have to train with BJJ practice would interfere with my recovery between weight training.

As of the last few months I have been on a strict training program (after numerous changes in my programing) that I have set up to allow me to break the squat record in my division (a little under 500 pounds).  It’s definitely been a challenge as much as a test of my own both physically and mentally.  Having a customized program made for you is very important if you have very specific fitness goals whether it be losing weight, building lean mass, training for a marathon or competition, etc.  As a personal trainer I’m always testing things on myself and believe that it allows me to train my clients better as well.

Once my competition is over I plan to resume my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training again.  I definitely can’t wait to get back on the mats!  For me BJJ has been a great source of cardio since I don’t really like running.  It’s also keeps me active outside of the gym and can really help clear my mind when I need it.

As of now I have a little under 4 weeks to prepare for my first USAPL powerlifting competition in Los Angeles.  It is something I am both excited and anxious for.  It’s been a challenge to say the least, but I believe in always pushing myself and never feeling satisfied staying stagnant.  It’s about getting out there and living life no matter what you might be striving for.  Always keep things exciting!  You’ll be happier in the long run!