Bjj / grappling/ MMA Tips: recover faster between sessions with these 4 tips
I recently read an online article on recovery between sessions and I thought it did an OK job of telling you what's important but still left much to the imagination with regards to immediate steps to take so here goes my version:
The best ways to recover faster between jiujitsu sessions:
1 – Stretch your muscles and decompress your spine
Have a post-session routine and stick to it. This doesn't need to be complicated nor take a long time. A good start is to do the following three stretches religiously after every session:
a. Downward dog: this will work your back chain (calves, hamstrings, spine...etc) for 1-2 minutes
b. Upward dog: front chain. 30 seconds
c. Triangle: sides. 1 minute each.
d. Twists: spine decompression. 30 seconds each way.
That's 4-5 minutes. Done.
2- Drink water. Lots!
Drink water throughout the day. Also, drink at least a 500ml bottle of water straight after training (before you've even left the academy) then work you way through another bottle on your way home.
Avoid plastic bottles if you can
3- Food and supplements for optimal recovery
Find what works for you and your training / life demands. I only use fish oil (see below), zinc, bran for extra fiber, protein bars and powder for quick and easily digestible meals sometimes (rarely, actually) and a daily dose of creatine (5grams). Click here and here to see two earlier posts of mine on using creatine for recovery between jiujitsu sessions.
Where to start? Have a small amount of easily digestible carbs and protein such as some nuts, banana or a simple sandwich straight after your training session and note the difference it makes in your recovery.