Monday, May 16, 2011

Workouts for Judo Review

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So I have gotten my hands on Workouts for Grapplers – Fitter, Faster, Stronger FOR Judo by Olympic Judoka Matt D’Aquino.  I was introduced to Matt through my Judo Sensei Mike Darter and I am glad I did.  Besides being an elite level Judoka Matt is also a Jiu Jitsu practitioner and works in the Fitness industry.  I have always wondered what it is that elite people do to take their game to that higher level (See Drill to Win and Practice Equals Better).  I believe that this instructional puts Matt up there with the top of the instructional’s available.
The book starts out with an introduction of Matt.  It isn’t too detailed, just gives you enough information so that you can trust what you are reading.  From here he goes into a little bit of education.  All things that anyone who is planning on training needs to know.  Especially if you are going to be putting in any kind of serious work. Matt includes things that you are going to need for the workouts in this book, as well as his opinions on what every Judoka needs (i.e. upper body speed, lower body speed, agility etc).
The first section goes into “Exercises”.  Some of these you may know and some you may not.  However, Matt gives you enough detail and quality pictures to see and understand exactly what you need to do.  It really made me feel that I was going to be doing the exercises correctly.  With the amount of detail you feel like you are doing the exercises along side Matt.
Matt then goes into an actual workout plan.  This is something that I think a lot of other books lack.  They include all the exercises but don’t really give you an idea of how you should  put it all together. He doesn’t leave you hanging with questions, you can tell that he has put a lot of thought into this book as he answers questions like:
* How often should I train?
* How much weight should I use?
After answering these questions he goes into a warm up with descriptions and images to show you exactly what he is talking about. Then comes the workouts.  Matt tells you what to do per workout for thirty workouts, followed by a section of cool down techniques (again, with images).
Matt then goes into Nutrition, the importance of sleep, hydrating and the importance of keeping a journal on both your food and training with sample pages included.
All in all, I loved the book.  It was easy to follow and gave me an insight on what Matt does and what it is that I need to do to take my fitness for grappling to a higher level.

Go GET Matthew D’Aquino’s Workouts for Grapplers!
All in all if you are wanting to take your game to the next level, or if you are a coach looking to help your students improve this is definitely something that you need to get your hands on!  Matthew D’Aquino has put a lot of time and effort into helping you improve, don’t miss this chance!

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