Another benefit of having quality sleep is that it can help reduce the risk of injury. Matthew Walker said in his book that chronic lack of sleep across the season predicted a massively higher risk of injury and showed the study. I train many young athletes so this study was relevant to me.
He also believes that in the context of injury, there is no better risk-mitigating insurance policy than sleep. Sleep will help you recover better after a game by lowering common inflammation, stimulating muscle repair, and helping to restock cellular energy in the form of glucose and glycogen.
When one of the best, if not the best, sleep researchers in the world says things like this and has worked with athletes from the NBA and many other professional sporting teams then I listen. Improving my sleep over the past 5 years has helped me massively. It is something I try to stress the importance of to all of my clients because of the many benefits sleep has on health and performance and because it is free and something we can all work on to improve.
Looking forward to seeing Igor compete on August 5.
From the guys at Aus Sub Only:
"Oh and you think we were done announcing super matches?
Andy Murasaki vs Igor Almeida.
3x world champion Andy Murasaki takes on Igor Almeida in certainly the highest profile match to date at aussubonly . These two phenomenal young athletes will battle it out in a gi sub only 8 minute super match .
Andy is one of the best young athletes out of Atos HQ under the legend Andre Galvao racking up 3 world juvenile titles and even beat Thalison Soares who was recently here in Australia doing a seminar tour.
Igor Almeida is no stranger to local and international competition often taking out major events here in Australia and finishing on podiums at major ibjjf tournaments . Training under another legend Bruno Alves at SJJA this is a match up of great talents and the future of gi jiujitsu.
We will see you there August 5th Stanhope leisure centrefor this sick match#aussubonly #nopointsnoworries"
Work hard consistently and you will exceed expectations, your own, and other people's.
We have had two good examples of this over the past two weeks. Marcus done some strength testing with his Norths team and hit some decent numbers. He got 120kg for 3 in the back squat, 90kg for 3 on the bench, 9 dips, and 6 pull-ups. Just two years ago he couldn't perform a squat or a chin up, let alone a pull up. Less than a year ago, couldn't dip, and his bench was 50kg. Also he didn't peak for this strength test or anything like that and is in season at the moment, carrying a few niggling injuries here and there like most players at this time of the year.
Bryce has done pretty much the same. The below video is of a 150kg deadlift he performed for 6 reps (video only shows 5 because of my poor recording). Last year he got 140kg for 5 reps. So he has added 10kg and an extra rep in one year. This is with an ankle injury, in season, and he still had more in the tank.
I am not highlighting these lifts because they are huge feats of strength. It is about being consistent with your training, working hard each day, and over the long term seeing the rewards for your hard work. Both Marcus and Bryce have been very good with their training and are achieving more than many people probably thought they were capable of. You don't have to be the best at anything right now, just keep getting the work in, have laser like focus, and eventually you will be.
Hard work pays off. Whoever doesn't the longest will generally be the most successful.