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This article is guest written by Scott Vincent, who teaches a Fit-Jitsu class at Hidden Valley MMA:
I grew up in a military family. After I turned 18, I went into the Marine Corps. I ran at the very least, 3 times per week and 3 miles each session for 6 years. By the end of a 3 month boot camp, my final time for the 3-mile run was 18:09…that’s maintaining a 6:03 pace per mile. Yea, that’s awesome.
After getting out, I maintained my gym and running habits and understandably, my 3-mile fell in time due to my lack of higher-ranks yelling at me, but I could still hold a solid 23 flat….not the best, but enough to be called “fit”.
Then, on the eve of my 33rd birthday, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu rolled (PUN ALERT!) into my life. My very first class was an experience; I was shown an Osoto-Gari takedown and a kata-gatame (arm triangle) pin. Then it was time to roll, and I was tapped out in 25 seconds, and that’s being pretty generous. I wasn’t arm barred, triangle choked or pinned. I quit, and I quit out of complete exhaustion.
What I couldn’t understand was how I got tired so quickly. It was a different kind of tired. Sure, my heart was beating but not through my chest. I was breathing hard, but my body wasn’t tired. I didn’t understand it. The only thing I understood was that I got my ass handed to me on a giant platter of my own embarrassment.
I started going through the internet and found out what my problem was. My problem was that I was feeling the strains of anaerobic stress rather than aerobic. More to come after you read this:
Your heart rate when exercising can determine whether you are doing aerobic or anaerobic exercise. The maximum heart rate for men is 220 less your age. For women it is 225 less your age. The goal rate for exercising should be 70% of your maximum rate. When the heartbeat is faster than the 70% you are doing aerobic exercises.
“Zippedy-doo-da, Scott”. That’s what you’re saying aren’t you, or maybe it’s something more like, “Who gives a sh*t”. Well, read another passage from http://www.doctorsexercise.com/journal/aerobic.htm :
How exercise is performed will determine it to be aerobic or anaerobic. Any type of movement your body makes requires the use of energy. You don’t have to do aerobics to lose weight or maintain a desired weight. It has been determined that anaerobic exercise will burn more calories than aerobic exercise, on a ratio of 5 to1 basis, and even as much as a 7 to 1 ratio. The aerobic exercise will burn 25% muscle and 75% fat, while anaerobic exercise will burn 100% fat.
With the above being said, I’m 34 years old, so anytime my heart rate is above 129, I’m doing aerobic exercise…straight cardio! And THERE’S WHERE MY MISTAKE WAS. I would run my ass off day-to-day and my BJJ endurance was hardly moving. Instead of slowing down to fewer than 129 on my pulse when running, I would increase the resistance and put forth just as much effort. In other words, I did whatever I could to make it feel like I was running through mud. The result is that after I was done, I had the same tired feeling I had when I first got my butt kicked….I had that “different” tired, and now I knew how to prevent it.
Fit-Jitsu is designed to give you that “different” tired. For example, the entire program, you will have resistance added to every exercise we do and exercises you’ve never seen. We incorporate military training with BJJ training to give you the endurance you need. You’ll notice your body becomes tired faster, even if you’re “a great runner”. Your muscles will last longer without fatigue and of course, we will motivate you to become faster and stronger. We don’t make you into a machine that can run 10 miles, we make you into a machine that doesn’t stop.
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