I actually disagree with 25 reps for BJJ players. What I mean is, for some it may help them or at least they think it helps, but I don’t think it’s cut and dried. I have always lifted heavier. I’ve also been doing BJJ for over 10 years. I lift because I love lifting and to get stronger. I don’t worry about what it may or may not do for BJJ. As far as getting in shape to do BJJ: I just try to do more BJJ. IMO, a better way to condition yourself for grappling, outside of actually grappling, is to do things like sledgehammer work, sandbags, the whole “GPP” thing. And even that won’t be as effective as doing BJJ drills and sparring.
“They” say that having bigger muscles hurts you because they fatigue quicker but, if you are doing BJJ correctly you shouldn’t be overworking your muscles in the first place. In other words: if your muscles feel tired while rolling (early on, not at the end of 2 hours) it’s not the fault of how you lift or the lack of lifting but rather it’s because of doing BJJ incorrectly.
You may see BJJers doing 25 reps or more but believe me, there are also those who train heavier. Those who train to get bigger and/or stronger and not just better conditioned. [/quote]
Nah, the issue the OP was referring to didn’t have much to do with the actual rep ranges. It was more him questioning the “sport-oriented” methods he witnessed because they don’t really follow the usual dogma being preached in S&C watering holes.
Anyway, good point on the whole efficiency thing. I’ve had matches that downright killed me, against skinny guys with better technique, and matches where I’d barely breath heavy, against 100kg dudes with inferior technique. Though granted, I think if you want to push the pace, the extra muscle will probably hurt.