One of the top-tier black belts confirmed for the 2012 European Championship, set to begin tomorrow in Lisbon, Portugal, team CheckMat’s Nivaldo Oliveira is ready for war. A favorite to take gold at medium heavyweight—alongside team Bonsai’s Marcos Souza—, the current champion of the South American continent put in some frenetic prep work with Rodrigo Cavaca to kick off the fledgling season on the right foot.
“It was some tough training, with a major focus on physical conditioning and specific training, headed by Professor Cavaca, who oversaw the technical and positional work we did. I swam and did physical conditioning every morning three times a week. Twice a week I’d do functional training,” said Oliveira, who won the heavyweight division at last year’s Rio Open, as well.
In his new division, Nivaldo looks set to make things hard on his counterparts. He took the opportunity to share with GRACIEMAG.com readers five tips for losing weight and staying at full throttle.
1. DIETARY DISCIPLINE IS PURE JIU-JITSU
This is the main hint: keep your diet controlled and balanced, with your carb intake low, the whole time.
2. WANT TO GET FAT? DRINK MILK
Cut out calorie-packed beverages, like soft drinks (even diet ones) and milk, entirely.
3. ALWAYS STAY HYDRATED
Drink water throughout the day. As far as eating goes, eat no less than four meals per day.
Professional athletes should research supplements that aid in training and help lose weight.
5. AEROBIC EXERCISE
Do aerobic exercise and workouts meant specifically to burn as many calories as possible.