Hello everyone, My name is Gavin. I joined this forum in the hope that i could get abit of info. Basically about a year ago i weighed 17 stone, but as of lately ive been very ill and my weight dropped to 12 1/2 stone, I am very unfit and up till now dont do very much exersize. Im not looking for any sympthony just some friendly advice would be nice.
I want to get my fitness level up so that i can join the local Jiu Jistsu club.
I have been out on my bike abit but ideally i want to start running, Has anyone got any tips on getting started with running? Ive just bought a good pair of raunning shoes but i feel slightly embarred that im so unfit. Also once ive been doing some cardio work should i do some sort of resistance work? I have a set of resistance bands which i like to use.
Anyone who posts will be very greatfully appriciated, ive always loved to try a sport like this but have not been in the shape, now im at a mopre comfertable weight i feel i want to start.
Just go along to your local BJJ club, take it easy...do what you can, I'm sure you'll be supported and encouraged!!
Originally Posted by Gavsterry
Originally Posted by wagon
BJJ Black Belt
Go to your local BJJ gym,ask to speak to the instructor.Explain to him you
are unfit but would like to start training.
You will not be asked to perform past your fitness level.
You will find friendly people willing to help you,they are your new team mates.
Slowly you will get fitter just from training and once you've been training a few months you may want to add some extra fitness work like running.
To be honest many people have avoided starting BJJ because they wanted to get fit first,and its a shame because the answer lies in the gym.
Just do it,you will really enjoy it mate.
Good Luck and if you need advice about gyms or instructors just ask here.
Thanks for the replys all, i went for a short jog ealier and felt pretty good after, I think ill do that and just take the plunge and go, even if its just to watch for the first time.I gotta get the phone number of the instructor again, i wrote it down wrong lol. But thanks again.
Hi Gav welcome to the forum. Hope this is the start of a great journey for you in your BJJ or MMA or whatever path you choose to take.
The advice so far has been spot on and I'd do exactly that. Get down to your first class, I promise you won't regret it. Don't worry about the fitness, everyone has been in your shoes, everyone. If you want to get fit for BJJ/Grappling, the only way you can do that is to get into classes and start rolling. The way it will tax your body is different to things like running and resistance work, they are peripheral really. They can be intergrated at a later stage and are great for base cardio, improving recovery time and sports specific strength and conditioning.
But hey, just get down there, meet your new buddies and tell us all how you feel after your first session. I hope you felt like me...exhausted but exstatic!!!
Best of luck.
Michael Stapleton firstname.lastname@example.org (Not Martin Stapleton)
lol I went through all this stuff before I strated BJJ. I even went to the bottom of the stairs at (the old) Carlsons and heard all the grunting and screaming from up above and bottled it, turned around and went home.
Eventually I plucked up the courage to face my insecurities with regards to my fitness and body image and went up those stairs.
Changed my life mate. Forget getting fit to train, just train. Stop procrastinating and get down the gym, I promise you'll be glad you did. Just know that BJJ is a long road and it can be very frustrating at times, but nothing worth having comes easy.
Now go and train!!!
The first session I trained, I couldn't make it through the warm-up. I was absolutely wrecked by the end of the session. The next day I could barely move my muscles were so sore.
I kept training consistently and I pushed myself through each session. It didn't take long until I had lost loads of weight and could train hard all the time.
Just start training. It's tough, but it will make you tough.
That said, as you've been ill it's worth letting the instructor know as people have said.
Enjoy. BJJ is awesome
http://www.ChrisReesAcademy.com - http://thetattooedchimp.blogspot.co.uk/
Definitely just go training mate, you'll never look back and will be hopelessly addicted within weeks
same as everyone else.....
go for it man. one of my few regrets in life is that i didn't start bjj earlier.
i've only been doing it for six months, i'm fitter than i've been for a very long time and i've made a bunch of new friends.
just prepare yourself for the side effects.... amongst other things:
- constantly thinking about when you can next go to class
- watching techniques on youtube and mistakenly thinking that submissions101 is a great resource until realising that ari bolden is a knob
- becoming obsessive about the history, well known bjj characters and fights
- watching well known fights on youtube
- reading almost any forum on grappling/bjj throughout the world
- checking out obscure gi manufacturers
- working out what competitions you can attend
- explaining to people you know that "it's a bit like judo"