Jiu-Jitsu draws a variety of people with different goals in mind for their practice. Some of these goals include learning self-defense, improving fitness, or competing against others.
No matter what your goals may be, Jiu-Jitsu is a martial arts style with many fitness benefits. Here are just a few of the fitness benefits you can gain from Jiu-Jitsu:
1. Functional Fitness
Jiu-Jitsu is a whole-body workout that improves your functional fitness. Training both upper and lower body movements on the mats carries over into your daily life and makes everyday activities easier to do. Over time, you’ll feel your body change. And eventually, you’ll also notice these changes in the mirror.
Common endurance activities include running, swimming, and cycling. But these are not the only sports that will improve your endurance. Jiu-Jitsu can be a new and fun way to improve your aerobic endurance – no treadmill required. In fact, Jiu-Jitsu is both an aerobic and anaerobic activity. So you’ll experience heart-healthy benefits while getting shorter, more powerful interval training in as well.
Hitting the gym for weight lifting is not the only way to increase your strength. You can also develop strength through martial arts training. (Although, it’s not uncommon for Jiu-Jitsu students to supplement their martial arts training with weights.) Jiu-Jitsu is an effective way to build strength, and you won’t even need to pick up a dumbbell. The full-body workout you get with Jiu-Jitsu includes a lot of time spent grappling, which builds strength throughout your body.
In Jiu-Jitsu, you’ll probably find yourself in positions that you’d never encounter in your daily life. Eventually, these new and different movement patterns result in increased flexibility. But, it can take some time to develop. So if you’re just getting started with Jiu-Jitsu and you have a limited range of motion in your hips and shoulders, keep training and stay patient. Over time, you’ll become more flexible and move more efficiently.
More physical activity during the day leads to a boost in your energy. It can seem counterintuitive, but a solid training routine gives you more energy for your workouts. Just ensure that you take time to recover well in between classes and get an adequate amount of sleep each night.
No matter if you’re interested in Jiu-Jitsu for self-defense, fitness, or competition, it’s an excellent activity to improve your fitness. To learn more about the Jiu-Jitsu programs we offer at Rolles Gracie Academy in Old Bridge, contact us today.