Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) has gained tremendous popularity in recent years due to its effectiveness in self-defense and competitive sports, its popularity in MMA, and also the crazy physiques and body transformations of professional BJJ athletes.
What is the craziest BJJ body transformation out there? Can you do it too?
We have curated the best BJJ body transformation and ways to get there for you. Let’s jump right in.
BJJ Body Transformations on Reddit
Let’s see some BJJ body transformations of “normal” people like you and me before we go through the crazy Jiu Jitsu body transformations the top competitors went through.
We will link to the Reddit uploader’s profile for each transformation. In case this is your transformation and you don’t want to be featured on this page, just contact us. Other than that, props to your body transformation, and keep going!
1. Crazy BJJ Body Transformation form White to Brown Belt
Props to Magikman2000 for this crazy body transformation! He didn’t only gain a lot of muscle and lost a lot of fat, but he looks way more confident in the last picture. But most importantly, he earned a Brown Belt in Jiu Jitsu through blood, sweat, and tears.
2. Decent White Belt to RIPPED Blue Belt
The athlete in the pictures below (zlorwf on Reddit) is a real inspiration. According to his Reddit post, he was smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day in the first picture, gassing out after 3 minutes of rolling! By the time he trained BJJ for two years, he was competing and training 6 times a week.
3. 4 Month BJJ Weight Loss Transformation
Check out ftmech‘s weight loss transformation. He lost a good amount of weight within only 4 months of training Jiu Jitsu. He was already in good shape when he started, but now his muscles are showing and everyone can see what he has been working for.
Famous BJJ Body Transformations
Let’s check out some body transformation of popular Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athletes:
The first Jiu Jitsu athlete on our list needs no introduction. Gordon Ryan is known as the greatest No Gi submission grappler of all time by now after winning every fight since 2018.
His body transformation let to steroid and PED use accusation as their is no testing in most BJJ promotion. Check out our article on Gordon Ryan’s potential steroid use. Here’s how his body changed over the years:
2. Nicky Rod
Nicky Rod is still a rising star in the BJJ scene and is known for his athleticism and physical fighting style. Nicky is another athlete that has been subject to PED use accusations as he went from 180lbs to 230lbs. Also, check out our article on Nicky Rod’s potential steroid use.
3. Andre Galvao
Andre Galvao was known as the greatest No Gi grappler of all time before handing over the title to Gordon Ryan after losing their super fight at ADCC World Championships 2022.
Unfortunately, Andre has been suspended for steroid use before in 2014, but this fact doesn’t take away from his impressive physique:
How does BJJ Change your Body?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can change your body in several ways. Unfortunately, not all of them are positive.
As we have seen above, many BJJ athletes have drastically transformed their bodies for the better. With consistent Jiu Jitsu training, complementary strength training, and proper nutrition, you can achieve the physique of your dreams.
On top of that, you can gain a lot of cardio and flexibility through Jiu Jitsu, which aids longevity.
However, BJJ can also change your body for the worse. We all know that injuries are a part of every sport, and this is especially true for martial arts like Jiu Jitsu. We won’t go through all the possible injuries here, as we have written an in-depth post that covers the statistics on how common injuries in Jiu Jitsu are.
Just keep in mind that you cannot progress if you cannot train and that you will probably regret ruining your body through mindless fighting when you are older.
How BJJ Can Help with Body Transformation
We all not that training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a great workout by itself and can transform your body, so we won’t go into detail on that topic.
What’s even more important is the mental part.
First, most people simply lack interest in and enthusiasm for weight training and therefore can’t stay consistent with it. As they fall in love with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, they have a goal and a reason to train hard and incorporate strength and conditioning workouts.
Second, Jiu Jitsu teaches you to keep going and never give up. When someone attacks you and you are about to get choked out, you have no other choice but to keep going. BJJ practitioners learn this mindset of never quitting and it translates to every aspect of life, including strength training.
In summary, starting your Jiu Jitsu journey is a catalyst for change, and you will never look back.
In conclusion, BJJ is a great way to achieve a body transformation. It helped countless athletes to build lean muscle mass, improve endurance, and burn fat.
To achieve a successful body transformation through BJJ training, it’s important to be consistent, incorporate strength and cardiovascular training, follow a healthy diet, prioritize rest and recovery, and stay committed to your goals.
With hard work, dedication, and patience, anyone can achieve their desired body transformation through BJJ. Don’t let anyone tell you anything different!