Should You Lift Weights?

Jack Hatton answers the age old question of whether or not you should lift weights in the post here. Judo athletes can benefit from lifting, take it from Jack!

To lift or not to lift? That has been the age old question amongst combat athletes. Oftentimes, the old timers argue that it destroys how flexible and supple a judo or jiu jitsu athlete needs to be. But should you lift weights? With intelligent programming and coaching, lifting might be the missing piece in your puzzle. If you find that you’re being out-muscled. Out-hustled. Out-worked. You may benefit from adding lifting to your training regimen.

Lifting for Judo can help you become faster, stronger, more mobile, and an all around better fighter. It doesn’t have to be confusing or scary. It can be done effectively in a wide variety of mediums. It is up to you to simply make the decision to execute.

The Power of Lifting

The best judo athletes in the world are beginning to discover the power and importance of strength training. Lifting is gradually being incorporated into their every day training plans. And with good reason! Should you lift weights? Yes! Take it from some of the best in the world. Lifting can up your game on the mats. Don’t believe us? Hear it from them directly.

Jack Hatton and Lifting

Jack Hatton wrote an article on his weightlifting over the past year answering should you lift weights. Ultimately on how it has changed his outlook on off the mat training. A year ago you could have asked Jack if lifting was important to the development of his judo.  He would’ve said “not really, I don’t think it’s that important.” Oh how times change!

When Jack Hatton came to Pedro’s Judo in Wakefield, MA, Travis Stevens took him right over the Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning to start his off-mat training. Jack was forever changed. For the best.

“Now that I have been on a consistent strength and conditioning program with one of the best gyms in the country (MBSC) for a little more than a year, I have seen massive improvements in my results.”

Off-mat training is important for maintaining the integrity and health of your body. This is judo, your body is your weapon, take care of it. By lifting you assist your ability to be strong, healthy, and good! Why wouldn’t you take every opportunity to improve. The best in the world are doing it, there must be something to it.

“Being physically strong is an essential piece to the puzzle for an American judoka looking to be successful on the world stage” – Jack Hatton.


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