No matter if your goal is to become the next champion of the world, learn how to defend yourself, or improve your fitness, the quality of your training plays a significant role in accomplishing your goals.
Quality training includes what you do on the mat and how often you train. However, there is an aspect of quality training that athletes often overlook, and it happens away from the mat.
Recovery makes a big difference in how successful you are in your martial arts practice. And sometimes, one of the best ways to feel successful is through recovery. Recovery is as important as your training sessions; it’s critical to your success. Proper recovery can prevent future injuries. Plus, you’ll go into your next class or training session well-rested and ready to work hard.
Here are a few simple, off the mat recovery techniques to help you get the most out of your training:
1. Mobility Work
Mobility work improves your range of motion and relieves tension in muscles and joints. As your range of motion improves, you can move and train with greater efficiency. Using a foam roller is a great way to roll out all the small knots in your muscles and connective tissue that have formed over time. Some martial arts athletes even include a yoga class or two in their training program to promote mobility and movement.
2. High-Quality Sleep
One of the best recovery methods is to get high-quality sleep. If you’re sleeping less than six hours each night, you’re probably not getting enough. Prioritizing sleep over anything else is a huge contributor to proper recovery. While you’re sleeping, your body recovers from the stress of your martial arts training.
3. Rest Days
Taking a day completely off from training is sometimes the hardest “workout” in a training program. It’s easy to think you’ll lose all that you’ve gained by taking one day off. Your body needs time to rest and rebuild. A day off gives you a physical and mental break and goes a long way in preventing overtraining, injury, and even burnout.
To learn more about the programs we’re currently offering at Tracks BJJ in Coon Rapids, contact us today.