One of the brown belts led a small class tonight. We covered kimura escapes from guard and half guard which was very helpful due to the simplicity of his instruction. We spent the majority of the class live rolling and switching partners. One of the guys I learn a lot from is a purple belt. (In this photo he is attempting a straight arm bar on a brown belt). Not only do I learn a lot when we roll but he is an inspiration to me. He started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 6 years ago. He had never done any sports or anything physical in nature until then. In 6 years he has lost over 100lbs and is one of our best competitors on the tournament circuit and his stamina and endurance are top notch.
Buzzfeed posted an article recently with weight loss tips from guys that have lost over 50lbs. There is some sound advice from regular people that were able to figure out how to live a healthier life. You can find all the advice and gadgets you want but bottom line is that there is no shortcut to weight loss. Whether your trying to lose 5, 10, or 50lbs you didn’t put that on in a day, don’t expect to lose it in one.
“as much as 70 percent of your athletic power after turning 50 remains under your control”
My father in law is in his 60s and has always been in great shape. A 30 year career in law enforcement and he still works out at the police station 3x a week. The training officers still bring the young rookies by and introduce him to show them what they should be striving too.
I’m a long ways from 60 but looking forward I’m hoping to be in as good shape as he is. Recently I read this article from outside online that dealt with controlling our level of fitness beyond 50.
Had my annual “Health Assessment” this morning. Basically I am required to complete a blood screening, weigh in, and answer a computerized survey based on my findings to determine my level of health. Not surprisingly I was told I was in the “obese” range once again. A BMI of 31 was my score this year. My thoughts on weight as an indicator of health were pretty much summed up here. To use BMI as your only indicator of health would mean to ignore muscle mass, activity level, and all other factors that make up a healthy lifestyle. What was surprising was my cholesterol level was the lowest it’s been since I was around 16. My family has a history of high cholesterol and a few years ago I was out of shape, eating poorly, and full of reasons why I wasn’t working out anymore. I was in my mid 20s and should have been in the best shape of my life. In many ways I squandered my 20s (which should have been the best physical years of my life) on beer, pizza, and excuses. I remember getting a cholesterol reading of 230 which is very high, especially for a young person. That was one of the things that made me start to research eating better and moving more.
I take very few supplement. Whey protein, ZMA, and Amino Acids/BCAAs are about it. Tonight’s BJJ class we skipped our traditional warmup and warmed up with armbar technique and defense drills. After about 10 minutes of that we spent the next 50 minutes of class grappling. It was fun and I worked some great sweeps, including a butterfly sweep against an advanced brown belt. He told me afterwards that he didn’t see it coming.
Needless to say I needed an extra dose of Amino-X to help reduce the soreness that was eventually going to settle in.
For those that have never tried the recovery drinks after a hard workout I’d recommend it. The grape from BSN is my all time favorite.
A friend of mine the other day mentioned to me that he couldn’t get into shape because he didn’t have time to make it into the gym every day. I know many guys that are in great health and physical shape and have never stepped into the gym. I know mountain bikers, surfers, kayakers, and jiu jitsu guys and girls that don’t lift weights or run on treadmills but they are strong and have cardio for days. Hitting the gym and lifting weights is great, and it works for some people but we all have different abilities, interests, and passions. In my personal life I look to combine my passions and interests with time in the gym. Truth is I’d rather be biking or out on the water than in the gym lifting weights but hitting the gym fits my schedule better and allows me to be more active. In essence fitness is a by-product of our way of life and we should strive to make that life as active as possible be it in the gym, on the water, or wherever your passions take you.