If you were looking for the 2 perfect movements that would not only burn a larger amount of calories, scorch fat, build muscle, boost your endurance, and would also improve your posture and help keep you from getting lower back pain—you’d need to look no further than the The Turkish Get Up (TGU) and [...]
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Having a physical practice will bring benefits to both your physical and physiological well being. Depression has been present in my life in form or another sense i was a child. If you’ve ever struggled with this yourself you know how overwhelming and oppressive depression can be. It can feel at times like you [...]
So many benefits have come into my life since taking up a physical practice. Jiu jitsu was my personal choice and it continually brings both challenges and victories that reach out into the rest of my world. In July 2012 and at 330 pounds, I walked into my first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class and started [...]
Recovery was once an often overlooked factor in athletic development and training. Many coaches and athletes will push to high levels of intensity in the gym and on the training floor but once out of that surrounding we need to refuel, recover, reset ourselves for our next training session. We need to start understanding [...]
The development of trust within your training community is key. I came to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) without any kind of martial arts background, zero experience wrestling and a lot of trepidation about being very, very close to people I’d never met. Jiu jitsu is a lot of things: it’s technique and it’s strategy [...]
I am so excited to be leading the women’s Diamondheart Jiu Jitsu program at Physical Culture Collective! When I started jiu jitsu in 2012, I had no idea what a massive impact it was going to have on my life. Sometimes, it’s tough for me to remember what it’s like to have a week without spending several hours rolling on the floor with my friends.
One of my favorite things about jiu jitsu is how challenging it is mentally - every round brings a new puzzle to solve and a fresh new game. Each player brings his or her own strengths and abilities to each match: someone’s faster, someone’s stronger, someone’s more flexible, someone’s more technical, someone’s more patient. Anyone can win!
Through the Diamondheart program, I have the opportunity to share my love of this fantastic sport with you - to create and solve puzzles together, to find the grace in a good sweep and the beauty in a perfect angle. To support and challenge each other in a safe, welcoming space.
Physical Culture Collective has an amazing community of women - I can’t wait to see you on the mats!
Hey Folks!! We are really excited about this upcoming workshop with Jason C Brown from Kettlebell Athletics! For those of you who are not familiar with Jason, He is one of the the top educators in the coaching field and has worked with many high level big box gyms as well as smaller boutique [...]
This is something I borrowed from my friend Mike Mahler at Live Life AggressivelyHe is a constant source of great information about hormone optimization and keeping your strength values up. He is also a strict vegan who has done a ton of quality research in order to bring the best knowledge about keeping strength, fitness, [...]
Thorax?? What’s a Thorax??In martial arts and most athletics in general, mobility is key. Improving ranges of motion will for allow for better velocity on your striking and increased positional ability in grappling.When we think about mobility we always tend to think in terms of shoulders and hips but we tend to neglect a missing [...]
If you were looking for the 2 perfect movements that would not only burn a larger amount of calories, scorch fat, build muscle, boost your endurance, and would also improve your posture and help keep you from getting lower back pain—you’d need to look no further than the The Turkish Get Up (TGU) and Russian [...]