I’ve been BB/PL’ing for a number of years. However since MMA is all the rage these days, I quite fancy having a go at muay thai/BJJ.
Being a former skinny bastard. I havent done any cardio or energy systems work since I started strength training. Now before I attend a class, I dont wish to embarrass myself with my current conditioning levels; which after two years of bulking are pretty crap to say the least.
I’m looking for some program guidelines as to what I should for a month to prepare myself before I attend the class itself. So I can concentrate on actually learning the skills without worrying about fitness levels when I get there.
I’ve already started to clean up my diet. Now I need know what type of cardio and/or circuit training to do.
Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.[/quote]
Hi Jack UK,
Like someone said, there is really no type of cardio that you can do that will prepare you for grappling. It’s by far one of the most, if not the most, intense forms of cardio there is. Perhaps wrestling might be more intense simply because their mentality is to be the dominant fighter, while BJJ is more defensive.
If you are going to try to supplement your training, then you need to make sure that you do high intensity types of cardio. Sprints, strongman types of exercises, heavy free weight circuits, etc…
Jogging, biking, using a rowing machine and many of the other types of exercises often used as “cardio” exercises will do you practically no good whatsoever.
But, be prepared that no matter how hard you train for the coming month, you will still be utterly smoked by the end of your first class.
Good luck and good training,