The Secrets of
Taking Your Game to the Next Level
By Roberto Pedreira
Most, many, or
at least some, people who train UFC, BJJ, MT, or other
performance-focused, reality-oriented combat sports would like to take
their game to the next level, or to put it in regular English, to
increase their knowledge and skills, to improve, to get better. One way
to do that is to train more and harder (and better). Unavoidably, we are
limited in how much and how hard we can train by the wear and tear of
the training itself. So training must be broken into sessions, with
"Recovery" determining how long, how often, and how intense
the training can be. Everyone therefore is or should be interested in
the subject of recovery. The problem is, what is the best way to
"recover"? There are plenty of people who would like you to
purchase their products and services and will give you their advice
while trying to point you to their online shopping cart. There are many
opinions and personal anecdotes on the internet, along with plenty of
plain unadulterated old-school BS. What does
SCIENCE have to say?
That is the
subject of Good to Go, by Christine Aschwanden.
To make a long
story short, science basically has almost nothing to say (at the present
time). Which is to say, the evidence is conflicting, or insufficient.
However, there are four recovery secrets that will help take your
game to the next level. (1) If you are thirsty, drink water. If you
aren't thirsty, don't, and you don't need any particular, expensive concoction.
Just good old H2O. (2) If you are tired, take a rest, get
some sleep. (3) Don't over-train. (4) Don't starve yourself. That's
it: Drink if you're thirty, rest if you're tired, don't over-train, and
eat something when you're hungry. Everything else is someone trying to
sell you something or just someone's personal opinion, which might have
worked for them, but they can't really be sure without scientifically
testing it, and even if it did work for them, that doesn't mean it will
work for you.
The book has
more than that, of course. Read it to find out. Or, read this
comprehensive, objective, critical, but not unsympathetic review by Phil
Good to Go, by Christine Aschwanden.
old-school boxer trainers know. Check out Kenny
Weldon (a human treasure chest of boxing wisdom; sadly, Kenny is no
longer with us).
(c) 2019, Roberto Pedreira, All