BJJ Poll: Do You Do Any Strength Training to Enhance Your BJJ Performance?

While most would agree that the goal of Brazilian jiu-jitsu is to allow the weak to gain an advantage over a bigger, stronger adversary, when it comes down to it when you train Brazilian jiu-jitsu, if all things are equal on the mats, it does not hurt to be able to combine proper jiu-jitsu technique with strength.

Do you get to the gym and lift weights to improve your strength, or do you do any additional strength conditioning like Crossfit or P90X? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

8 Replies to “BJJ Poll: Do You Do Any Strength Training to Enhance Your BJJ Performance?”

  1. There’s something I’ve been told time and time again and it seems to me to make a huge amount of sense. In order to get better at jiu jitsu, train jiu jitsu. I think strength conditioning is probably good for short-term performance enhancement-i.e., leading up to a tournament, but if you’re doing jiu jitsu as a life-long pursuit then it seems that learning as many techniques for as many possible situations would be the best way to improve consistently in jiu jitsu.

  2. No doubt it is very helpful to get in some strength training if you’re a serious competitor, and are therefore looking for that extra edge.

    However, like most fitness training, it is also by necessity incredibly repetitive and therefore not all that interesting. One of the things I like most about BJJ is that it is infinitely varied, and there is always something new to learn: in other words, its fun. That doesn’t seem to be the case with the monotonous grind of pumping weights.

    So, as I’m quite clearly not a serious competitor (once in three years isn’t exactly dedicated), strength training is therefore not something I have the motivation to take up. I’d rather just work on technique and keep turning up to class.

  3. Weights are boring. I do see increased size in just a week or two, but I never personally feel stronger…I just look better at the pool hahah.

    For the guys that do both, I applaud you.

  4. I go to the gym and do joys specific training. I try to strengthen the muscles we use when we roll. Plus it’s great to have a workout when there’s no class to attend.

  5. Those who think weights are boring but would like to improve strength, I would recommend bouldering! A fantastic way to build up strength, flexibility, agility and balance, and it’s a lot of fun too. I think BJJ and bouldering would most definitely go well hand in hand. In my native language, bouldering is even translated into “rockwrestling”, I think the movement and the flow is most definitely similiar in both sports.

  6. i train in the gym for tournaments… I mostly do the warrior workout training by martin rooney, that guy is a genius

  7. I don’t do any weight training not because i don’t believe in it. It’s just that I only have so much time and don’t train as much as i like to.

  8. I don’t really do much in the way of weight training, but I do work on my strength and endurance.

    I follow Steve Maxwell’s “Spartan 300” workout, which is all body weight stuff and seems good for general fitness and strength.
    I do a little kettlebell training each week – again, some of Steve Maxwells’ stuff.

    Finally, (I suffered a bad knee injury playing Rugby League in 1992, and aggravated it a couple of years ago, so I don’t like to run) I take my BMX (S&M Dirtbike – for those who are interested) to a moderate hill a little way from from where I live.
    It is about 200yds to the first corner. I sprint up it as fast as I can, then ride back down, turn round and do it again.
    I do this for 20 mins.

    I like jiu jitsu for general fitness training, but I am about 15 years older than most of the people I train with, and I don’t get to my school as often as I like, so I get some decent training in between times, while I’m at home.


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