One of the biggest concerns I get from BJJ athletes about adding strength training into their regimen is that they do not have time for it. Family, work, personal lives and (most importantly) rolling all add up leaving some of us with less than three hours per week for any other type of training.
A few weeks ago I posted a video showing you how to quickly improve the range of motion on your toe touch. It was a drill I had used to help a lot of high level BJJ guys touch their toes for the first time in years and I heard from a lot of blog readers who also found it extremely helpful.
If you’re a BJJ practioner (or just a regular human), you should be able to touch your toes. In this quick video James Wilson will show you how to perform this movement with NO STRETCHING.
Without a doubt my favorite addition to my own bodyweight training over the last year are the Bodyweight Flows. Something about getting down on the ground and crawling around is challenging, fun and enlightening all at once, plus it has a ton of transfer to helping you move better on the mats.
Hip and shoulder mobility are super important on the mats, both to help us move better and to avoid injuries. Unfortunately a lot of us work jobs that have us hunched over and then we happen to love a sport that has us hunched over a lot as well.
This leads to a lot of tightness in the same areas we rely on for “flow” when we roll. If you’re tight in the hips and shoulders you’ll have trouble moving efficiently and smoothly, which makes it vital we do something to keep us mobile.
Enter the Bretzel Stretch…
It has a funny name but it is one of the best total body stretches/ mobility drills you can do to improve your hip and shoulder mobility. I do it almost daily and use it to help “open me up” after hours of hard training and rolling on the mats.
Here is a quick video I shot going over this awesome stretch. Be sure to let me know what you think or if you have any questions about it by posting a comment below.
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Until next time…