As a growing part of our population is more and more desk bound at school and in the work place, it’s becoming more important for folks to get some exercise to offset the prolonged hours of sitting around. Being seated for hours on end wasn’t something humans were meant to do! Jiu Jitsu students don’t sit around in class, they move…
If you’ve ever considered starting a new exercise or training routine, there’s a good chance that you’ve been tempted by a big box gym or “Globo” Gym with their miles of treadmills, ellipticals and odd machines with pulleys and ropes. But what is the goal of your exercise routine?
Get your heart going? Get a sweat on? Become stronger and faster? Lose a bit of weight? Get back some of that lost vigor? Pretty much any way you cut it, we can agree that improving the way you experience the world around you on a day-to-day basis is the goal.
It comes down to physiology, or, as the dictionary defines it: The way in which a living organism or body part functions. If you want to get better at sitting, don’t worry; the hours of lectures at school and the 9-5 cycle at work is adapting your physiology to that as we speak! But if getting better at sitting isn’t your goal, what should you do? The simple answer is get out there and move.
Let’s compare Globo Gym to Jiu Jitsu style training to see what some of their respective benefits are.
At the Globo Gym (GG), you get a lot of equipment that can be tricky to use, shared equipment that can sometimes get crowded or dirty and a slew of contraptions of which there are many that you’re not exactly sure WHAT they even do. All the people there are lost in a set of ear buds listening to their favorite jams, so socializing is usually out of the question. If you’re not sure how to get to your goals, there’s nobody to tailor a workout to your needs. Motivation is the first thing to fade away as workouts are random and frustrating…no fun!
With Jiu Jitsu training, there are only 2 pieces of necessary equipment; your uniform, which is super easy to use, and the mats. No confusion there. There is always a qualified instructor teaching the class, showing you step-by-step how to perform the moves of Jiu Jitsu, which, you’ll find, are very similar to the healthy and natural movements our body was designed to do, i.e. getting up from the ground safely and efficiently. Nobody in Jiu Jitsu is wearing headphones! They are all there to workout, learn and socialize, all important parts of a healthy physiological experience! And if that’s not enough, the support and encouragement from both instructors and fellow classmates will keep you motivated to come back again and again.
With Jiu Jitsu, you’ll: get your heart going, get your sweat on, become stronger and faster, lose some weight, recover some youthful vigor and on top of that, you’ll have a whole lot of fun!
One of the best quotes about exercise I’ve ever heard was this one: “The way physiology works is that it adapts to what you do most frequently, not what you do with the best of intentions.” – Katy Bowman. The moves of Jiu Jitsu are complimentary to the way we interact with the world, making it a wonderful alternative to GG training. The enjoyment factor of Jiu Jitsu will keep you coming back for more.
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