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The Secrets of Taking Your Game to the Next Level

By Roberto Pedreira

Book Notice


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 trying to point you to their online shopping cart. Their 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 Price: Here.



Good to Go, by Christine Aschwanden. 


1. As 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 rights reserved.



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