Finding the Right Balance for Beginners
Starting Your Journey
Embarking on your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) journey at Scranton MMA is an exciting step towards improved fitness and skill. If you’re a beginner, regardless of your current fitness level, we recommend starting with two classes per week. BJJ is unique in its use of specific muscle groups, often untouched by regular gym workouts. Ever heard anyone bragging about an intense external intercostal muscle session? Probably not! BJJ will introduce your body to a whole new world of movements, and it’s crucial to give your tendons, ligaments, and muscles time to adapt.
The Importance of Pacing
Even for high-end athletes, the transition to BJJ’s unique physical demands requires patience and gradual progression. It’s not just about building muscle; it’s about conditioning your body to move in new, challenging ways. The key is to pace yourself to prevent overtraining and injury.
Progressing to Advanced Training
Gradual Increase in Frequency
Once you’ve strengthened your ‘grappling muscles’ – which might take a few months – you might feel the urge to ramp up your training. This is the time to carefully increase your sessions to three times a week. Pay close attention to how your body reacts, especially your tendons, ligaments, joints, and muscles. If you don’t notice any excessive soreness, maintain this routine for a few more months before considering an increase to four sessions per week.
A Personalized Approach
Remember, everyone’s body responds differently. A good rule of thumb for beginners is to stick to twice a week for the first three months, then try increasing to three times a week for the next three months. If you find this schedule too demanding, there’s no harm in dropping back down. Listen to your body; it’s your best guide.
My Personal Experience
From Beginner to Enthusiast
When I began my BJJ journey, I was far from being in peak condition – at 27 years old and nearly 200 pounds, fitness wasn’t my forte. The initial six months were challenging, and it took a full year to complete a session without feeling completely drained. Fast forward 13 years, and I can comfortably train seven days a week, experiencing only the usual muscle soreness that follows any rewarding workout.
The Transformative Power of BJJ
Starting BJJ was one of the best decisions I made for my health and wellness. It’s a testament to how transformative and adaptable the human body can be, especially when nurtured with patience and persistence.
Your Journey at Scranton MMA
Embark with Confidence
At Scranton MMA, we are dedicated to guiding you through your BJJ journey with expert advice and support. Remember, the journey is as important as the destination. Start at a pace that feels right for you, and gradually build up as your body adapts. Here, every step you take is a step towards better health, skill, and confidence. Let’s begin this journey together, and discover the amazing benefits BJJ has to offer!