Training Frequency

Train Often and Listen to Your Body

New students start off trying to train every day, 2-3 times a day if they can fit it into their schedule. They see results nearly every time they train and it becomes a cycle of excitement. Training often is great but you have two things to think about and watch out for:

If you train 5-6 days a week you will not be able to train as hard as if you train for instance on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Your body needs recovery time. Training hard every day is a recipe for an injury and injuries will prevent you from training your best. Many times new students who get injured quit out of frustration. Training through injuries can be difficult if not carefully monitored and re-injury will slow a full recovery.

I often train around injuries  in order to say on the mat, but you have to be smart about it. A few years ago, I strained my lower back from a combination of Jiu-Jitsu, wood cutting and weight lifting all in a 4 day period with no recovery. On the fifth day I injured my back and it did not fully heal for MONTHS because I continued to aggravate it before it was completely healed. Just when it started feeling good again I jumped in the ring with someone big and wham-o a slight pull. This happened twice. I didn’t fully re-injure my back, but I kept it from fully recovering which in some ways was worse than a bad injury. I finally forced myself to 3 full weeks completely off from rolling. I limited myself to light exercise off the mat. It was a frustrating 3 weeks and a great lesson.

If you have an opportunity to train often, especially with an instructor, then do so. Just listen to your body. If you are feeling aches and pains then ease back; train lighter on some days and heavier on others. And tap often and quickly!

The moral of the story is smart training is the most important type of training.

Good training to you,

Anthony