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The Top 3 Supplements for BJJ Athletes

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.    
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Travis Conley
Travis Conley

December 15, 2015

Dawn,
ZMA is not for women bodybuilders. It’s for ANY person, any woman, and just one of the benefits is that it can get your testosterone levels back to normal or peak position again. I would recommend you take that over your preworkout and BCAA’s. Isopure is a great protein supplement too!

Sarah @ Rocktopus
Sarah @ Rocktopus

November 24, 2015

Hey there Dawn, great question. I’m reaching out to Travis to get an answer for you.

Dawn
Dawn

November 19, 2015

I wouldn’t think that ZMA would be used by women, unless they are trying to do professional body building. So is there something else that would be good as a supplement for women? I am currently using BPI preworkout and BPI BCAA’s after my workout. I also use Isopure Zero Carb as my protein source after my morning workout.

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