Class Spotlight: Conditioning

Based on our academy name, it's no secret that our main focus is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Whether it's for sport, fitness, or self-defense, we will always have more Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) classes than anything else. However, we understand the importance of supplementing martial arts with other types of strength and conditioning training.

Why Conditioning?

Many members of our academy have met their weight loss goals, gained strength, and improved stamina through BJJ alone, or through a combination of BJJ and dietary changes. However, supplementing martial arts with a quality strength and conditioning program can help to build cardiovascular endurance and strength, improve mood, reduce injuries, and increase energy levels thoughout the day. All these things are helpful both on and off the mats.

When/Where is Conditioning?

Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy Connecticut offers conditioning classes at 6:00 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. What started out as a private conditioning lesson for a parent looking to get into shape has grown into a small group of dedicated individuals with different goals. Yes, it is early, but it's a great way to get the day started on a good note without having to worry about other obligations getting in the way.

What are the classes like?

Coach Daniel combines free weights, kettlebells, bodyweight movements, cardio, and more for a challenging and effective workout. If you're unfamiliar with weight training, struggle with pull-ups, or cannot perform certain movements due to an old injury, don't worry! Coach Daniel is there to help you learn new skills, improve your form, and provide movement substitutions when necessary.

Each class is an hour long, including warmup, workout, and cool down. Attendees perform the workout together, providing the type of encouragement and camaraderie that is often achieved when a group of people work toward a common goal. They not only strive to finish the workout, but also to become better versions of themselves.

Check out the photo gallery below to see Mike and Hiram demonstrating some of the movements you might see in a typical conditioning class.