Developing your Judo #13
#13: Judo First, Weights Second
Here's a situation I find hard to comprehend:
Judoka prefer to slip into the weight room instead of taking part in randori with current or former top competitors. It's one thing to follow a weight-training program on a non-judo day but to opt out of training with judoka who can vastly ADD to your judo experience is puzzling.
A top competitor can provide invaluable advice whether it's through actual randori or with a quick Q & A after training.
Weights can't talk, and worse, they know nothing about judo. And you don't have to worry that they won't be there the next day, or the day after that. But the 'big guns' may NOT be. When I was starting out and even when I was a National Team member, I would never let an opportunity like that pass me by. In fact, none of us would miss the opportunity to train with someone better than us. Sure, we were hammered around a lot but we built on our judo expertise little by little. It's not fun to be tossed around in front of friends or teammates BUT if your goal is to improve your judo, it's a no-brainer.
Judo BEFORE weights - unless you're really just a closet bodybuilder.
By: Rainer Fischer (Canadian Olympian)