bjjBrazilian jiu jitsu in Portland is one of the most fun workouts you can engage in, but BJJ is still a challenging workout. If you’re one of the many people who struggle to muster up the courage to start or finish a workout, try these tips to get yourself mentally prepared.


Focus on the present

We’re always worried about the next thing to come: going to the grocery store after a workout, paying your overdue bill, getting a hot shower in after your workout. All these are important to think about, but not during your workout. Any stray thought that takes you out of the present might inhibit your workout and stress you out unnecessarily. Instead, focus on your moving muscles and breath to get a better workout.


Come up with a mantra

A mantra is a great way to push you through the more difficult aspects of your workout. Whether you’re performing BJJ, kickboxing, or muay thai in the gym, a mantra can push you one step further to completing your workout. When you feel like you want to quit, repeat this phrase to keep you going.


Remember the benefits

Each time you practice BJJ, your body gets stronger, more flexible, and you become better at your sport. But this type of activity doesn’t just help your body — it helps your mind too.

In one study of older adults, over half of the participants claimed that tai chi improved their balance and therefore, their confidence. Working out is good for the body and the mind.


Set smaller goals throughout your workout

It can seem overwhelming to engage in an hour-long jiu jitsu class in Portland. But instead of thinking of it as an entire 60 minutes, think of it as four 15 minute chunks to complete. Setting small goals throughout your workout is essential when a large task seems overwhelming. You can do this with any workout with any measurement. Instead of 60 squats, think of as three sets of 20. A three-mile run is just a one-mile run done three times.


Don’t do it alone

If you need motivation, there’s no better way to keep your feet moving than by bringing a friend. The benefits of kickboxing and jiu jitsu can help everyone! Bring a friend along when you want to sign up for BJJ classes at Northwest Fighting Arts today.