Should I Lose Weight Before Starting Jiu-JItsu?
No. Let Jiu-Jitsu help you!
Striving to be at a healthy weight is always a good idea. If you ask a lot of our readers they will tell you the same thing about Jiu-Jitsu. When is the best time? How about right now, is what a lot of people will tell you. When hearing about the obstacles that can be overcome with Jiu-JItsu to the average person it will sound like a no brainer. That said Jiu-Jitsu can sound hard to people and being overweight can cause someone to want to get in shape before trying it.
Some activities and sports may require you to lose weight before starting. Jiu-Jitsu isn’t necessarily one of them. If you want to be a rock climber but cannot reach your arms above your head there may be better places to start your health journey that doesn’t involve a rock face. BJJ is easily adapted and provides many options for one to find themselves getting lost in the process.
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Like most activities people choose to do being at a healthy weight is beneficial. Thankfully Jiu-Jitsu works for all shapes and sizes. When you begin Jiu-Jitsu you will notice right away that you aren’t too concerned with the “workout”. Instead you will likely be tied up, sometimes literally, with the techniques you are trying to learn. It is also likely that if you are overweight most of the class will in fact be a workout.
As you progress more rigorous aspects of BJJ will open up to you. For a lot of people the warm up and drilling sections of class will be more than enough to make their heart rate elevated. Once you are able to roll a whole new level of calorie burning will ensue. Next thing you know you will have an hour long avenue where you forget about stress, learn to defend yourself, and burn more calories than many traditional methods.