So one of the questions I get a lot is what should I be doing outside of the academy to improve my BJJ. I think having a balanced lifestyle focused on staying injury free is very important. I do a shoulder routine with thera bands everyday before I train or lift which improves shoulder muscles and helps keep me from developing any shoulder impingement from being too slouched over. For lower body I make sure to get some lifting in during the week along with walking my German Shepherd. For posture I think the walking helps along with regular chiropractic care. One of my hobbies is dog training and while it doesn't sound like a workout, but an active game of tug is a great way to loosen up before training. So for me a schedule that includes lifting, walking, chiro and dog training is a nice balanced lifestyle for when I am not competing. Other friends of mine such as world champion James Poupolo are big into yoga, Rafael Lovato Jr is big into mobility and strength work with his trainer Luke Tirey. World champion Jared Dopp is big into strength training, but he lets his strength coach know his primary objective is to reduce injuries. Saulo and Xande balance out their week with yoga and strength and conditioning along with mobility work from floor drills. Personally, yoga was always good great for my hips, but less so for my back. I would be careful with routines like crossfit that put a little too much focus on
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