We’re a couple of days into the new year now, so that means the gyms around the country are getting busy again!
For most people, those New Year Resolutions don’t last long,
but unfortunately their gym memberships do. The 12 month contract you signed up
to is almost impossible to get out of, and who knew Direct Debts were so hard
Paying for a gym membership you never use is just one reason
why you shouldn’t bother signing up, but instead take up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instead.
People join gyms for different reasons. Some want to build
muscle, while others want to lose weight. Some people simply want to get fit,
and others join just to get out of the house.
BJJ is better for all those things than a typical gym
It’s a better all-round workout
Trust us, the first time you roll on the mats, you WILL feel
it the next day. That’s because BJJ is a total and complete workout.
If you want to lose weight, then BJJ is for you.
If you want to improve your cardio, BJJ is for you.
If you want to gain strength BJJ is for you.
If you want to tone and sculpt BJJ is for you.
The problem with a gym workout is, each muscle group tends
to be worked on individually, usually days, sometimes even weeks apart.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu works every muscle in your body and gets
the heart going while you’re at it.
One month of BJJ is worth a year at the gym.
You socialise more
There’s a myth about gyms being social hubs filled with
laughing, chatty people.
People are there to work out, and they’ve got a list of
exercises to do in a short space of time. They don’t have time to stand and
chat to strangers.
And even if they did have time, they probably don’t want to.
First impressions count and meeting someone while you’re all sweaty and dressed like a hobo isn’t exactly appealing.
Martial Arts in general are group activities, and training
with people who are of the same mindset as you form close bonds which are hard
to find outside a dojo.
Taking up BJJ means you’ll make some of the best friends you’ll
ever have, something you’ll never find at your typical gym.
Learn practical skills
Martial arts exist for a reason.
The world can be a dangerous place, and knowing how to look
after yourself is something that everyone should be taught from an early age.
By taking up BJJ instead of joining a gym, you’ll not only
get in shape, but you’ll learn invaluable practical lessons which you can carry
over into your real life.
Being fit is one thing, but being physically competent is
The ability to defend not only yourself but those around you is an essential skill which breed confidence, and it’s something that you can’t learn by yourself.
And certainly not on a treadmill.
You’ll never get bored
All those people who join a gym in January and then stop
going by Easter aren’t lazy. If they were, they wouldn’t have joined in the
Our brains are incredible at adapting, and we get used to
things very quickly. That includes a workout.
It’s not long before doing the same thing at the gym week
in, week out, will get boring. Soon going to the gym feels like a chore rather
than something you want to do, and shortly after that you stop going.
It’s not your fault, your brain has simply adapted and now
needs a new challenge.
This doesn’t happen with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Every week there is something new to learn, a new move to
try, or even a new member to meet.
BJJ is a constant challenge, and one which we guarantee your
brain will never get bored of.
Skip the gym, join us instead!
Here’s the thing with taking up BJJ – getting in shape is an
inevitable side effect.
It happens in the background as you work on your techniques.
Your body is quietly changing as you go to class week to
Your strength increases from all the pushing and pulling on
You don’t even know it’s happening until one day you notice
in the mirror you’ve got a 6 pack.
With a gym membership, you get out what you put in. It’s a
process that must be adhered to, and if you slack off or miss a few weeks then
you’re practically back to square one.
It’s a lonely hour, filled with awkward small chat about
using machines while counting reps and sets.
Compare that to an hour at our club where you’re constantly
chatting with friends, learning new moves, and boosting your confidence with