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Is Jiu Jitsu "chronic cardio" ?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 10, 2013 at 5:23 PM

With all the recent reports on how chronic cardio is bad for the heart and overall longevity, is Jiu Jitsu considered this? Its definitely a cardio intense sport but its not like running a marathon per se. All the reports ive read focus on triathletes. I train very hard 5 days a week with each session being about 2 hours, 45 min of that is sparring where heart rate is very high. So im wondering is BJJ considered chronic cardio? Thoughts?

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on July 11, 2013
at 08:56 PM

I asked Robb Wolf and he said no as well due to intervals + smaller training time

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on July 10, 2013
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I'd argue no. The issues with Chronic Cardio tend to stem largely from two things: hypertrophy of the heart (not a good thing in excess) and long-term structural damage. The hypertrophy of the heart comes from when you push past "the wall" in terms of cardio and keep going when your heart can't keep up with your oxygen needs. This is where anaerobic respiration comes in, which encourages your body to further grow cardiac muscle to prevent this in the future. Provided you're not out of breath for the entirety of those 45 minutes, I'd say you should be good (think of how people run till them give themselves stiches and past then, usually on every run, when doing long-distance training). On the structural damage, you should be fine because (I assume) that BJJ is putting strain mostly on your muscles, rather than on your skeletal system and nerves (again, runner pounding their legs on hard surfaces 4 or 5 times a week put a LOT of strain on their skeletal system; you're putting strain on the muscles ATTACHED to the skeletal system, which is how things are supposed to work).

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on July 11, 2013
at 08:56 PM

I asked Robb Wolf and he said no as well due to intervals + smaller training time

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on July 10, 2013
at 06:47 PM

no. i'd love to have a reasonable definition of chronic cardio beyond distance running/biking. does it even exist?

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