To Out Of Shape For Jiu-Jitsu?
Starting Jiu Jitsu after your “prime”. Should you even try? Is it worth it? Are you too far out of shape? Should you just accept the dad bod and move be happy?
Yes, you should try.
Yes, it is worth it.
No, you are not too out of shape.
No, you should not accept that beer belly.
Now sign up for class.
I’m assuming because you are still here you are still interested in a little more detail as to why I feel this way about this topic. When I started training, I was 26 years old and about 215 pounds. I ate crap food and overate daily. I drank a lot of beer. I didn’t exercise much and I would buy slip on shoes because I would get out of breath bending over to tie my shoes. To give you an idea, the doctor says I should be 155, now personally I think that’s a bit extreme. During my Jiu Jitsu training I have dropped as low as 170 but I feel best in the mid to high 170’s. No matter how you slice it, I was fat.
Since starting to train I have had the opportunity to train with people of all calibers. I have trained with seniors that are higher ranking than I am and can easily give me a run for my money even though they are more than double my age. I have trained with 18 to 20 year old athletes that are absolute monsters to deal with, and others in this category that I could sleep through the match with. Why does this matter? It proves that Jiu Jitsu is for everyone. I don’t care what your age, what your physical condition, or what limitations you may have, there is something on the mats for everyone.
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Now, is it realistic to think that at 70 years old you are going to start training and become the best grappler in the world tying Gordon in knots…. I think we all know the answer to that. So yes, there may be some limitations but those are grossly outweighed by the up sides. I have had the privilege of seeing people lose all of the weight they wanted, some as much as 100 pounds. I don’t want you to think that Jiu Jitsu is some kind of miracle worker that just suddenly makes you happier, less stressed, healthier and more productive in your life…. Oh wait, yes, yes I do want you to think that and believe that because it’s absolutely true.
You are never too old, or too out of shape to start taking better care of yourself, and regardless of the shape you are in, you will find nothing but encouragement from the instructors and your team mates at the academy when you do decide to start training. Ideally, you want to take these steps before it get’s too bad, but you may already be at that point and if that’s the case then the only other option you have is to start doing something, and why not make it Jiu Jitsu. It has been a while since I was on a treadmill but from what I recall Jiu Jitsu is way more fun.
Once you start to see the progress you will realize there is no limitation to what you can accomplish. Why settle for a dad bod beer belly when you could have abs and big arms and be able to kill people with your bare hands. I don’t see anything being better than that. You can accomplish all of the goals you have with the right people around you pushing you and helping you to get there.
If weight loss, or overall fitness is a concern for you, it’s time to do something about it right now. No more excuses. Oh, you don’t have a gym membership? Workout at home? No equipment? That’s ok too. Stop believing the excuses you are telling yourself about why you can’t be the person you want to be.
Check out “Ripped in 12 weeks by Tom Deblass” which also includes the foods he eats to maintain his physique. Ripped in 12 weeks does not require you to spend hours upon hours in the gym working out, rather it is a more effective training program that gives you maximum results with a minimal time investment. No matter which plan you follow or what you plan to do just do something and start. Starting is often times the hardest part and where most people fail, just commit to yourself that you will take the first step, any step in the right direction to getting closer to your goals.
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