When Your Training is in a Slump! (Part 2) Outside Influences

When Your Training is in a Slump: Outside Influences

In our first part of this series we looked at how Comparing Yourself to Others can be detrimental to your progress and growth in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

For many Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a place to get away from all the hassles of daily life.  A sanctuary to enter and leave your problems at the door.  It is one of the greatest ways to relieve stress and improve your overall mental, emotional, and physical health.  But, for some the accumulation of daily stress, responsibilities, and more can have a huge impact on your Jiu Jitsu progress.  The irony is that for many instead of using jiu jitsu as a means to relieve stress, they allow those outside influences (stresses) to prevent them from using jiu jitsu as a method to find balance and relieve stress.

One of the most common things that can affect your training is outside influences.  Like any other area of your life (i.e. work, family, etc.) outside influences can have a negative impact on your training development and improvement.  For example, if you are stressed out over something at work, likelihood is that your training sessions will suffer.  Outside influences is one of the biggest contributors of a “mental” slump in training!

Areas of Outside Influences Causing a Slump in Training

Some of the more common outside influences that we have experienced causing a slump in training are:

1.  Stress (i.e. work, personal life, school, etc.)

2.  Injury/illness

3.  Personal issues (i.e. divorces/romantic breakups, problems at home, etc.)

4.  Improper nutrition

5.  Unhealthy lifestyle (i.e. lack of sleep, too much partying, etc.)

Outside Influences Causing a Slump in Your Training, Now What?

Of course like any problem in your life you have to work to resolve it and find balance.  No one in life lives in a vacuum, everyone experiences stress and problems.  You have to figure out which of the outside influences is causing you the stress and ultimately affecting your training.  Once you’ve identified the outside influence(s) you then need to develop an approach to resolving the issue.  For example, if the issue is an unhealthy lifestyle then you need to sit back and think about how you can improve it. Perhaps it’s getting more sleep, drink less alcohol, and take better care of your body through a better diet.  I’m sure that if you do this you’ll see a huge improvement in your training and find yourself out of a training slump that you’ve worked yourself in to. There is no magic pill that you can take to fix your problem(s) (aka outside influences).  You simply have to take an honest look at yourself and situation and determine what the problem is.  Once you do come up with a solution that works for YOU.  Then you stay the course until you resolve the issue and find balance.
Has outside influences caused you to be in a training slump?  If so which outside influences put you that slump?

When Your Training is in a Slump! (Part 3)

In our next article we will discuss the third common area that people get in a training slump over, being “Closed Minded”.


Guy Pendergrass

About Guy Pendergrass
Co-owner and head instructor of Pendergrass Academy of Martial Arts in Wake Forest, NC and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Gustavo Machado. For more information about classes, check out our website at www.PendergrassAcademy.com or call 919-819-1908 Today and find out how you can learn Brazilian JIu Jitsu (BJJ) for 30 Days ABSOLUTELY FREE

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