I have been doing Judo the last couple of months since February. My only other martial arts experience has been about 1.5 years off BJJ, 8 months Muay Thai, and 3 years wrestling.
I have searched on this site, but my situation is a little more unique and more of a scheduling/programming conflict, but I apologize in advance for missing a similar topic…
I realize the typical response to get better at Judo is to do Judo and of course this is valid, however my gym is Graccie Barra and only offers Judo twice a week to supplement standup game for competition. There’s certainly a spillover effect between BJJ and Judo, I just don’t feel interested in BJJ anymore unfortunately.
The Judo class is offered Monday 6:15-7:15, and Thursdays from 7:30-8:45 (PM). I was doing Westside in the morning Monday, Tuesday and Thursday Friday but because of long work commute and only being able to let a certain amount of food digest before working out at 6AM I have opted to go back to working out after work which obviously puts me in conflict with some of these class slots.
I’m fortunate to workout at a pretty legit gym that has Strongman, Powerlifting (a variety of bars, bands, and chains), and Olympic plates. I don’t feel like a traditional bodybuilding split will benefit me much and I wanted to stick to these more functional disciplines.
In addition to conditioning, it seems like a Judo competitor can be benefit from the explosiveness from power and Olympic lifting. Powerlifting because of the strength-speed benefits and the spillover of muscular endurance as absolute strength increases. Olympic Lifting benefiting the speed-strength but also the improved coordination. Strongman probably has less benefits but I see the improved core strength helping balance in addition to strengthening the grip. In addition this variety training helps not to burn out.
While I realize I am not going to become medal in Judo, Olympic Lifting, and win Strongman competitions and Powerlifting meets, I think you can make slow gains in all. Furthermore, several Judo competitors have recommended the strength guidelines for the big lifts (overhead press, bench, squat, deadlift, and powerclean), based on bodyweight outlined in “Starting Strength” by Rippletoe and Kilgore as goals to work toward.
I can’t figure out the balancing act here. I could feasibly workout on Thursday before class although I am sure this not ideal and will pre-fatigue the muscles. I have looked at Westside for Skinny Bastards but don’t they don’t seem to incorporate Olympic Lifts which I am somewhat proficient at. Sundays are off limits because both gyms are closed and it’s the only off day my wife and I both have together. Also having drill one weekend a month puts Saturday in Jeopardy. Since I have heard that Strongman routines are better performed in the same setting I was planning on doing those on the 3 Saturdays a month I don’t have drill.
My biggest concerns are the need to have an off day while doing a full body routine, for instance if I did say Clean and Jerks with Front squats one day, and did snatches with back squats the very next would I be over fatiguing the CNS?
Thanks for any help in advance.