This time we decided to go a step further into the realms of what professional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters are working on nowadays, Functional gymnastics.
The first sect shows the warm up prior to the main exercises. This should be done at a fast pace without stops for no longer then 20 minutes (divided equally for all exercises). Take into account these exercises are performed by athletes, if you are new to Jiu Jitsu and/or have never been involved in weight lifting of any kind, we do not recommend you start with such advanced movements. There are other programs out there more suitable for beginners such as Ginastica Natural (which as you might have figured, stands for natural gymnastics), a style of strength and conditioning that is very famous in Brazil. Developed by professor Alvaro Romano it focuses on ground movements combined with stretching with core muscle development, having been used with great success by a number of BJJ athletes such as Rickson Gracie, Royler Gracie, Demian Maia, Xande Ribeiro, Saulo Ribeiro and many others.
With functionality in mind, this set shows how to improve things such as grip and specific explosive power. These are followed by “raises” or “picking up” movements, focusing on improving your balance and helping your body deal with picking up odd weights (heavy bags) and finally exercises that help you improve spine mobility and improve the muscles that support your back.
These should be done by preparing the stations prior to the exercises, and you may rest in between exercises (no more then 30 seconds), the exercises should be run for 1 minute each station adding more as you get better and more comfortable with the exercises.