Steel Mace Training for BJJ – BJJ Strength Training Podcast #5

In‌ ‌this‌ ‌episode‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌BJJ‌ ‌Strength‌ ‌Training‌ ‌Podcast‌ ‌I‌ ‌go over Steel Mace Training and why it is such a valuable tool for your BJJ training program.‌ ‌You‌ ‌can‌ ‌stream‌ ‌or‌ ‌download‌ ‌it‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌link‌ ‌below‌ ‌or‌ ‌you‌ ‌can‌ ‌find‌ ‌it‌ ‌on‌ ‌‌Itunes‌,‌‌ ‌‌Podbean‌,‌‌ ‌‌Google‌ ‌Podcasts‌,‌‌ ‌‌Spotify‌‌ ‌‌and‌ ‌all‌ ‌other‌ ‌major‌ ‌podcasting‌ ‌platforms.‌ ‌

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The Steel Mace is another example of an old training tool regaining popularity in the modern fitness culture. It has a history that can be traced back thousands of years and is a traditional training tool of warriors and wrestlers.

The Steel Mace is a great training tool for grapplers because it fills in a gap in their strength training, which is usually focused on Compression based exercises (Squats, Deadlifts, Presses, ect.). Grappling requires a lot more Leverage Based Strength than other sports, which means you need Leverage Based Strength tools like the Steel Mace if you want to see the bast transfer from the gym to the mats.

Until next time…

Train Strong,

James Wilson

BJJ Strength Training Systems

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Are KB Swings Overrated for BJJ?

In this episode of the BJJ Strength Training Podcast I share my long history with Kettlebells and why I now think that they are overrated for your BJJ training program. You can stream or download it from the link below or you can find it on Itunes, Podbean, Google Podcasts, Spotify and all other major podcasting platforms.

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One of the things that I love about BJJ is how pragmatic it is. It doesn’t matter how cool an idea may be in theory, eventually it has to work on the mats and a willingness to discard old ideas in favor of better ones is how we all make progress. 

I like to apply this mindset to all areas of my life, including strength training. I’ve changed my mind many times based on better information coming my way and I know that I’ll change it again as time goes on.

And one of the things I’ve changed my mind on is the value of Kettlebell Swings for a BJJ training program. I know that this sounds crazy but if you’ll hear me out I think that you’ll see what I mean.

The Swing is a great exercise and the KB is only one training tool that you can use to do it. I’ve come to realize that the KB Swing’s popularity has more to do with marketing than using the best tool for the job and there are better, more functional ways to train the Swing movement.

KBs are still a great tool for many other things, however their structure just makes the KB Swing a less functional movement than other options. Using the right tool for the job will help you get better results and decrease your chances for getting hurt, which IMO should be the main goal of your training program instead of allegiance to a particular piece of equipment.

Until next time…

Train Strong, 

James Wilson

BJJ Strength Training Systems

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Why Isometrics Are A Must For BJJ Strength Training – BJJ Strength Training Podcast #2

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In this podcast I go into depth about Isometrics and why they are a must for grapplers. Based on my experience there are 3 reasons why you need them as part of your BJJ strength training program…

  1. They are more “sport specific” for the physical demands of the mat. Grappling requires more isometric strength than any other sport and so it is important in ways that other sports can’t understand.
  2. Gives you the biggest return on your time investment with improvements to your strength, cardio and breathing.
  3. They don’t leave you as sore and tired as movement based training, which lets you train harder on the mats and be better able to defend yourself in the real world.

If you want to learn more about Isometrics for your BJJ training program then Steve Maxwell has some great isometric stuff at www.maxwellsc.com.

You can also find The Ramping Isometrics for BJJ Program, which is an Isometric Training Program I created specifically for BJJ, by clicking here.

And if you have any questions about this podcast or suggestions for future episodes please let me know. Until next time…

Train Strong,

James Wilson
BJJ Strength Training Systems

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Top 3 BJJ Strength Training Tips – BJJ Strength Training Podcast #1

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Top 3 BJJ Strength Training Tips

  1. Work on Isometric and Leverage Based Strength.
  2. Look at more than just the Big 4 Movement Patterns (Squat/ Hinge/ Push/ Pull).
  3. Rolling is the best “strength training” you can do.

Bonus Tip – Don’t mistake physical training for mental toughness training. 

Until next time…

Train Strong,

James Wilson

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Free Workout of the Month – Download Now

Last weekend I got the chance to go to a Josh Hinger seminar. I don’t know why but I really like him and his jiu jitsu. Maybe it’s because he could be competing in the Masters class but still enters and wins the Open class, showing all the younger dudes that old men can still bring it.

Maybe it’s because his special arm-in guillotene, a.k.a. The Hingertene, is a devastating weapon that I’ve personally been having a lot of success with. The great thing about it that it opens up a lot of other submissions as people defend it, which makes it a great go-to move to set up a lot of other things if it doesn’t work.

Either way, I found out that he was going to be in Salt Lake City so I drove the 4 hours to learn some more ways to use the Hingertene. And after 3 hours of Monoplatas and Hingertene details and follow ups it was well worth the effort to make.

Another thing that I really like about Josh is his commitment to training both on and off the mats. He knows that the only way to perform at his best is to balance BJJ with strength training and the results speak for themselves.

If you’re looking for a workout to help you on the mats then I’ve put together a new workout of the month for you. You’ll see I incorporate some unique training tools and methods like Ramping Isometrics and the Steel Mace into these workouts. I do provide some alternatives if you don’t have some of the training tools I do but it’s a good way to see how to use these things in a workout.

You can download the workout by clicking the link below. No emails or anything needed, just click the link and download the PDF to your computer. Each exercise has a link to a video demo so you have everything you need to get going.

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Remember to start your workout with some sort of mobility routine. It’s important to be moving well before you start training, otherwise you’re just laying fitness on top of dysfunction. You can check out this blog post for a follow-along demo of a good routine to use if you need one.

Hope you enjoy thing month’s workout and that it helps you get even more out of your training. Plus, being fit helps you have more fun on the mats and that’s what the ultimate goal should always be.

Until next time…

Roll Strong,

James Wilson
BJJ Strength Training Systems

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