You are here

Train Like an Olympic Judo Wrestler

More difficult than MMA training, Jimmy Pedro explains the intense strength an athlete needs to compete in Olympic-level judo.

Travis Stevens's Judo Workout 

Monday 
7am-8:30am – Lifting
9am-10:30AM – Judo
11am-11:30am – Sprints
2pm-3pm – Cross training (boxing, jiu jitsu, swimming)
6:30pm-8pm – Judo
10pm-11pm – Running

Tuesday
7am-8:30am – Judo
10:30am-12pm – Lifting
5:15pm-6:15pm – Judo
6:15pm-8pm – Wrestling
10pm-11pm – Running

Wednesday
7am-8:30am – Lifting
10am-11:30am – Judo
11:30am-12pm – Sprints
2pm-3pm – Cross training (boxing, jiu jitsu, swimming)
6:30pm-8pm – Judo
10pm-11pm – Running

Thursday
8am-9:30am – Judo
10:30am-12pm – Lifting
5:15pm-6:15pm – Judo
6:15pm-8pm – Wrestling
10pm-11pm – Running

Friday
6am-7:30 – Lifting 
8am-9:30am – Judo
9:45am-10:15am – Sprints
2pm – Drive to New Jersey
7pm-10pm – Jiu Jitsu

Saturday
11am-1pm – No Gi (uniform) Grappling
2pm-5pm – Jiu Jitsu 

Sunday
10am-12pm – Lifting/Running
4pm-7pm – Jiu Jitsu 
7:30pm – Drive back to Boston

Stevens' Tips

If you weren’t counting, that’s 44 hours of training in a single week, not counting the roundtrip from Boston to New Jersey that’s taxing in its own way. To get through it, he eats several small meals right before and after different workouts to fuel up and recover, maintaining his energy supply while never filling up to a point where it might hinder performance. It’s not something a regular workingman can replicate, but Stevens broke down his top three necessary judo skills—grip strength, core strength and explosiveness. Grip strength is extremely important since you need to hold onto an opponent’s uniform (known as a gi)—“You can’t throw if you can’t hold on,” Stevens says. Significant core strength makes it tougher for opponents to throw you and you need to be explosive to score. 

To train more like a judoka, Stevens suggests doing more single leg squats, off bench oblique holds and chin-ups. The leg squats are, of course, great for leg strength and explosiveness, oblique holds will do a number on your core, and chin ups are great for grip and upper body strength. 

Stevens and Pedro both hope the Olympics will gain more popularity for judo, seeing as the American interest in MMA has increased so much in recent years. Pedro says the US is looking to “make Olympic history” this summer, saying that the judoka America is sending over has the potential to take a gold medal, which would be the first time that’s happened, or take home multiple medals, which would be the first time that’s happened since 1988. Stevens anticipates even more, hoping for three medals, two of them gold, for the US this summer.

Pages

Topics: 

Want more Men's Fitness

Sign Up for our newsletters now.

You might also like

comments powered by Disqus