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Lose weight and get in shape with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Remember when you were young, fit, and healthy?

When you could bounce up a flight of stairs and not be out of breath?

When you could slip into a pair of skinny jeans without them feeling tight?

Those were the good ol’ days!

So what happened? 

Getting older and fatter is a gradual process. You probably didn’t even notice it happening.

You got a job, and suddenly working in an office 9-5 meant that you didn’t have the time to exercise as much. 

Your mates from Uni all settled down, so those weekly 5-a-side games stopped.

Eating the occasional McDonalds never showed on your waistline before… but it does now.

Face it, you’ve let yourself go.

You didn’t mean to, it just sort of… happened.

But here’s the good news – it doesn’t take much to get back in shape.

In fact, if you take up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you’ll get in shape without even realising it.

Man with fat belly
Get rid of those love handles with BJJ!

Why it’s hard for some people to lose weight

Weight loss isn’t as straight-forward as simply cutting down on the biscuits.

One of the biggest myths we believe about weight loss is that it’s all about willpower.

And yes, of course, determination plays a part, but there are many different physiological reasons why people struggle to lose weight.

Many overweight people have a metabolic problem, one that makes them hungry all the time. 

Our modern diet is packed full of carbs, preservatives, and sweeteners, and it’s too much for our systems to take. There’s a reason why so many people are now not only overweight, but also diabetic.

Many people struggle to lose weight, not because they are lazy or greedy, but because their muscles have become resistant to insulin due to the high-sugar diets, and their bodies don’t burn off the energy fast enough.

Our muscles take as much of this energy as they can, but the rest is stored as fat cells.

To burn this energy off, you need to exercise daily, and the more rigorous the exercise, the more energy you burn.

How BJJ makes the weight drop off

It’s one thing to say you exercise, but what exactly do you do?

Going for a run might get your heart pumping but it doesn’t mean you can do a chin-up.

Conversely, hitting the gym might make you bulk up, but you’ll struggle getting out of a beanbag.

To exercise properly, you need something that works every muscle in your body, gets your heart pumping, builds strength, and burns calories.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is perfect for all those things.

The constant pushing and pulling as you try to out-maneuver your opponent means your muscles are always working, burning off that extra energy stored as fat cells.

We guarantee you, even with just a couple of classes a week, after a month you’ll see a visible difference in your body.

After six months you’ll look like Brad Pitt in Fight Club.

Except uglier.

Tyler Durden in Fight Club

Free 14 day trial

If you feel like you could do with losing a few pounds, building some muscle, or simply want to start exercising again, then come on down and give BJJ a go.

With our free, no-obligation 14 day trial, you can check out this incredible sport and discover whether or not it’s for you.

Even if it’s not, you’ll still get two weeks of fun, physical workout, and lose a bit of weight while you’re at it.

Contact us today if you would like to know more about classes. Our friendly staff members will be happy to have a chat and answer any questions you might have.