Grapplearts Radio: All Things BJJ, MMA & Grappling
About This Show
Stephan Kesting is the creator of Grapplearts.com and BeginningBJJ.com. In this podcast he discusses Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and submission grappling, and conducts interviews with coaches, fighters and other authorities from these sports.
Most Recent Episode
EP038: Training When Your Have No Time to Train
Whether you're working a full time job, a parent with a couple of kids, or a student juggling a crazy class schedule, almost everyone is really busy these days. And if you're also trying to squeeze regular training into that busy schedule, well, things can end up in the ludicrous zone pretty quickly... I'm no exception: of course I'm running Grapplearts, training in BJJ and trying not to fall too far behind on my conditioning, but I'm also a full time firefighter, have a couple of kids, and - until recently anyway - was responsible for homeschooling those two kids half time. Anyway, life wearing all those different hats is exciting at best and exhausting at worst! Along the way I've picked up some tips for continuing to train and improve in the martial arts when time is super limited that I'd like to share with you... Everyone is Busy! Everyone is busy and we all wish we had more time but time is limited. Every day is 24 hours so we get 168 hours a week. That's it. If we consider the eight or so hours we spend sleeping each night, that leaves just over a hundred hours a week and, if we're at work full time, we lose another half of that, give or take. That leaves us with 50 or 60 hours a week for whatever else. Many people squander much of that time watching TV shows like "Dancing With the Stars", "Westworld" or "Game of Thrones" and, while that last one is well worth-watching, it's still safe to say we would all be better off throwing away our TVs and canceling our Netflix subscriptions. That's one way to waste less time but what are the others? One thing people do to free up more time each day is to cut back on sleep. We all do it but research shows that, for high-level athletic competition, you need at least 10 hours of sleep each night. I tried doing this in 2005 and 2006. I had been invited to compete in the Abu Dhabi Trials but was finding it hard to train in regular classes because there were two young children in the house that I had to help take care of. My solution was to start getting up at 5 am and train early in the morning with other people in similar time-stressed situations. This worked fine for a couple of weeks until I sustained a horrific pinched nerve in my neck for the next 6 months there was continuous ice-pick-in-my-shoulder-blade pain that res