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Breathtaking Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Training at the 303 Training Center – A Mile Above Sea Level

Welcome to the 303 Training Center, where our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) academy sits at a staggering 5,490 feet above sea level. At a bit over a mile above sea level, the altitude has its advantages, and once accustomed, it may not even be noticeable. However, if you're visiting Colorado and looking to train BJJ, you must be aware of the adjustments needed at this altitude. So whether you're a local or visiting Colorado, this blog post provides helpful guidelines for adapting and thriving in our high elevation environment. As a passionate and committed BJJ practitioner, you understand the importance of stamina and endurance. So, let's dive in and explore the distinctive energy demands of training BJJ at a mile high up in the sky, along with valuable tips to enhance your BJJ training and over all experience at the 303 Training Center.

- Adapting to the Mile High Altitude

Training BJJ can be exhausting even at sea level, so it's essential to prepare for the unique challenges faced when rolling at a mile high. At higher altitudes, the body has to work harder to deliver oxygen to your muscles, making strenuous activities like Jiu Jitsu even more challenging. To acclimate to the altitude, we recommend spending a couple of days taking it easy, focusing on hydrating, and slowly ramping up your physical activity before jumping into intense Jiu Jitsu training. Give your body the time it needs to adjust, don't push yourself too hard, and listen to your body's signals.

-Understanding the Impact of High Altitude on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training

Training BJJ at a high altitude, such as a mile above sea level, presents an undeniably different experience compared to sea-level training environments. The thinner air delivers less oxygen per breath, which increases the challenge for your body to maintain an adequate supply of oxygen. As a BJJ practitioner, you might be familiar with the term "gas tank," which refers to stamina or how long you can last during training. At a mile high above sea level, your gas tank might feel smaller, and if you're not in great shape, it might feel non-existent. It's essential to understand this limitation and not push yourself too hard when rolling at a higher altitude. Take time to breathe, pace yourself, and gradually increase your intensity during training.

- Intelligently Adjusting to Mile High BJJ Training

It's crucial to listen to your body during the adaptation period to high altitude BJJ training. Our experienced instructors at the 303 Training Center will ensure you're well taken care of and provide guidance for the intensity and duration of your initial training sessions. Remember, it's always best to ease into your BJJ training instead of jumping into strenuous workouts immediately! Gradually ramping up the intensity of your sessions will help you avoid injury and acclimate to the altitude more effectively.

- Staying Hydrated

Colorado is relatively dry compared to other parts of the United States, so it is crucial to stay adequately hydrated when training BJJ. Drinking plenty of water is even more important at a high altitude as dehydration can exacerbate the effects of altitude sickness. Before starting your BJJ training, ensure you are drinking enough water throughout the day.  The arid climate of Colorado combined with the increased fluid loss from demanding BJJ workouts can quickly lead to dehydration. To combat this, maintain a strict hydration routine and bringing a high-quality water bottle with you to class. Don't wait until you feel thirsty – by then, it's often too late!

- Proper Nutrition

To maximize performance and adaptation to the altitude, a healthy and balanced diet is crucial. Emphasize consuming nutrient-dense foods that provide energy, such as complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Don't forget to include plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals to help support body functions under the physical demands of BJJ training. A well-balanced diet will help your body acclimate to the altitude and provide you with the energy needed to tackle intense training sessions.

-Experiencing jiu Jitsu at 5,490 ft

Training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at 5,490ft at the 303 Training Center presents unique challenges, but with the right approach and mindset, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Adapting to the altitude takes time and involves listening to your body, staying hydrated, nourishing yourself with healthy foods, and being patient with your progress. Embrace these challenges, trust the process and, most importantly, have fun while getting the most out of your BJJ training in the beautiful, mile-high Colorado skies.


303 Training Center6080 West 92nd AvenueWestminster, CO 80031

Office: 303.650.4466

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