Guest post by Travis Conley, CPT, BJJ Brown Belt, and owner of UNGD.tv
BJJ Supplements? This is all about RECOVERY. Anyone that trains knows that recovery is the key to success. More recovery equals more training--but not just any training. More efficient and harder training. Recovery will aid strength, conditioning, speed, and all other attributes desired to increase success and performance. Here’s my top 3 picks:
1. Whey Protein. Recovery. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 15yrs, you have heard and know about the benefits of whey protein. It’s such a fast, easily-digested protein that it’s a perfect supplement to use at different points throughout the day, especially after training. Your body is a sponge after training; it needs vital protein and carbohydrates to replenish and rebuild. Whey protein is your answer for solid building blocks and top-notch strength and recovery.
2. Omegas. Hemp seeds are my favorite source for omega 3 fatty acids. Although they are not technically supplements (I’m big on real food, they are even better than supps), salmon, olive oil, avocados, almonds are all sources of fatty acids. They protect against inflammation, something BJJ athletes bodies battle daily in-between sessions on the mat. Hemp seeds are easy to throw into your shakes, yogurt, salads to add omegas and are a surprisingly good, complete protein into your diet. It’s all about recovery!3. ZMA. Zinc Magnesium Aspartate. This is in capsule form, and it’s my single most recommended supplement for boosting natural testosterone. Test leads to better and faster recovery; that’s why many pro athletes venture to take synthetic versions--they need to recover from hard training so they can do more and harder training. ZMA is a safe and completely natural, plus it’s been shown to increase REM sleep, or paradoxical sleep, aka deep, dreamy, restful sleep. You will wake refreshed.