The one thing that seems to remain the same with every new generation of grapplers is the common training mistake that many of them make time and time again. For some reason, everyone wants to train like a bodybuilder.
As much bodybuilders have to be admired for their hard work and dedication, their goals are different than that of a combat sport athlete. And the difference is this: a bodybuilder trains the muscle. He trains for muscle size and symmetry. An athlete , on the other hand, needs to train functional movement. The goal is to enhance sports performance.
The question that should be asked is “What can I do to make myself better at my sport?” A grappler is not a bodybuilder, and therefore, should not train like one.
Make sure you are using methods that are proven to improve performance. Did you get your workout program from a bodybuilding magazine? Or from a “Get Six-Pack Abs Now” article? That’s a mistake.
Improving performance is much different than trying to get ripped so you can see your abs. Olympic athletes don’t just go to the gym and get their sweat on and hope they shave off that 1/16 of a second so that they can go home with the gold. They have specific methods and a plan to execute them. You should too.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that training hard is all you have to do to. Recovery is the missing piece to so many people’s performance improvement puzzle. Here’s why: you actually get weaker after you workout. Period. It’s not until you have appropriately recovered from your training that you see improvements.
Here are a few things you can do to recover better from your training:
Let’s lay the facts out – you can benefit tremendously from some supplements, while others are just a waste of money. Here area few of the supplements that have proven helpful for athletes’ training and recovery:
Don’t just add a conditioning routine to your existing workload. Work it in appropriately with low volume and intensity (low sets and weight) then gradually increase the sets and weight as your body becomes capable from recovering from more work.
You especially want to do this as you’re learning new exercises. Just as in grappling, the more you work on the quality of your technique, the better your results. If you’re not getting the results you think should be getting, then it’s time to try a new approach.
Remember, your training program is only as good as your ability to recover from it.
Too often we tend to focus on what we’re good at. Guys with good endurance like to do high reps and cardio. Guys who are strong like to lift heavier weights and rest a lot. It’s good to have a strong point but do not neglect your weakness.
Let’s say your main weakness is endurance. If you’re fairly strong and explosive for a grappler but have a problem with keeping that strength and explosiveness match after match in training or a competition, than you should look to correct your weakness first ande foremost. Make sure you clearly identify your weakness and use the appropriate and effective methods to make it better. This may require that you back off from the things you are good at for a brief period of time. It’s hard to get yourself to stop something that is working for you to focus on something your not, but this is the type of behavior that will lead to long-term success.
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