In other news, not necessarily related to lyrical sentiment:
How much jiu-jitsu is worth the return on investment? Hard training? Casual? Once a week? Thrice?
Training at any level comes with outsize sacrifices not found in pure strength-and-conditioning training. It makes the body stronger in ways, but it breaks us down in ways that lifting and mobility and metcons don’t (or at least shouldn’t).
In evaluating combat sport gyms these days, I find myself asking, “Is this training good enough—will it make me sufficiently better—that it’s worth risking an injury that will interfere with *all* training for, say, a month? Three months? A year? Is the training here worth risking my ACL?” I don’t think there’s an answer to this question, at least, not a concrete one with flowcharts. Working out the solution with symbolic logic won’t help. I don’t think there’s an answer other than to keep asking.
In westerners, Bifidumbacterium is a microbe that many nutrition scientists thought was essential to good gut health, but it is almost completely absent in the foragers. Likewise, high counts of the bacteria Treponema have been linked to maladies like Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Neither of these diseases exist among the Hadza, but their guts contain abundant Treponema.
Weeks away from proper training mean I am stiff and weak. Combined with recently achieving several goals and discovering several mobility issues, it also makes for a good time to reboot my workout programming. I will be prioritizing the hinge movement and its attendant hamstring and glute flexibility:
Jump rope warm-up (nixing the treadmill), then dynamic stretching including lizard pose for my squat
Two work sets of three power cleans, then a single power clean into a set of 3-5 front squats, then perhaps add some weight for some clean high pulls, then add a bunch of weight for 5 deadlifts.
Stretch and recover for a few minutes, then back squat for 10 reps.
Pull-ups using the newly christened protocol of 3 sets unweighted then as many weighted sets as necessary to get to 50.
Dips, where I’m playing around with sets and reps and weights. I expect circa 60 total and at least one weighted set.
Off-days will include glute work (lunges and hip thrusts) for strength, and my beloved conditioning work. The body must be made to obey.
And perhaps—if the Aegean stars align—a bit of the old ultra-violence, eh? You know, jiu-jitsu and that. If conditions are right.