A mistake that many BJJ practitioners make with their strength training is engage in pattern overload.
Their mistake is a logical one, but a mistake for long term health nonetheless.
Here’s how it happens. . .
Someone is involved in grappling and decides that they want “functional” strength for their Brazilian Jiu-jitsu techniques.
As we talked about earlier, they want that Go muscle and not the Show muscle.
They begin to perform exercises that very closely resemble the same movements they do on the mat.
This seems logical right? Do the same movements to strengthen the muscles used during training right?
But here’s the insidious problem. You’re only furthering the muscular imbalances and creating pattern overload.
Pattern overload is injury or change to the soft tissues of the body created by performing a repetitive movement over and over again.
Left unchecked and this will completely wreck your body and lead to chronic injuries that will come sooner than later.
Think of pitchers who are required to have surgery because they throw the ball in a particular way so many times.
One of the most important functions of strength training is to keep your body strong and healthy. And a BIG part of this is by working muscles that don’t get much action during BJJ training.