April 2020: If you’re looking for more ideas on what to do when you can’t train BJJ normally, I recommend visiting the posts in my Training without a gym series. An overview of this series can be found at this post: Training without a gym: Introduction and contents
We all get pulled away from the mats at some point, sometimes through things like injury or sickness, other times by that all-too-demanding thing called life. While it can be beneficial to take some time off every now and then, being forced not to train can be aggravating.
For example, I fell seriously ill late last month and the whole ordeal has knocked off more than 3 weeks of training – and I have a competition scheduled next week. As my energy started to come back, it was a real fight to keep myself from jumping prematurely into training and triggering a relapse. I actually went to class earlier last week, but the next day I was hampered with lethargy and a runny nose – the equivalent of my body issuing a red flag warning.
Forced rest is boring at best, but in the past couple of weeks I’ve settled on 6 things to do when you can’t get on the mats – and I am willing to bet that you aren’t doing the last one. Continue reading