Boot Camp versus MMA and BJJ

Anytime there is a new fitness fad, anyone and everyone who wants to get in shape thinks they can do these new programs and get fit super fast. Activities such as Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) are prime examples of this.

Don’t get me wrong; these are great programs and they can work, but for most people, this is not the best route to take if you’re looking to “get” fit. These are serious programs that require both technique and physical fitness to gain any benefits. It takes a lot of time (years in fact) to master these skills.

For those looking to get in shape in time for a wedding or other important event, these won’t do it for you. These kinds of exercise programs are definitely not for the weekend warrior; they are for those who are serious about the sport and being fit.

Safety considerations

If you venture into these without the techniques necessary to succeed, you run the risk of serious injury, in addition to wasting time doing moves that aren’t as easy or effective as they seem.  These types of activities are marketed as fun, easy ways to get in shape, and they can be if you know what you’re doing. If you don’t however, they turn into a frustrating waste of time that could lead you to hurting yourself.

Tips for getting started on the right track

Instead of jumping into extreme sports right away, especially if you are not ready, we recommend simply getting in shape first.  I’m not saying you should discount these programs if you’re really interested in them, but to start with a program such as Boot Camp, where you’ll have trainers who can tell you how to do the moves correctly; you’ll have a strong support network of people that want to see you succeed instead of videos and classes where the only goal is to take your money.

Again, these are good programs that can provide great benefits, but if you don’t have the technique or skill to master them, they will not work for you.  And if you’re not physically ready, you can do more harm than good.

The reality of getting and staying fit

Don’t waste time or money on classes, videos and exercise programs because they’re popular and everyone seems to be doing them. Don’t listen to “get fit quick” promises from people who either can’t or have no interest in whether you succeed.

Get involved with people and programs that will teach you the correct way to do things. This will help you avoid injury, frustration and wasted time. For best results, you need a support network, the right skills, and physical fitness before you take on complicated programs. Otherwise, you’re wasting time, money and energy you simply don’t have to.