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The Strenuous Life Podcast with Stephan Kesting

This is the Stephan Kesting's Grapplearts Radio Podcast where we discuss BJJ, Grappling, MMA, and all manner of martial arts training.

Stephan runs, where he has published many hundreds of martial arts videos, articles and tutorials.

His free guide to learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, A Roadmap for BJJ, has been downloaded more than 10,000 times and has become a foundational text for the art. Click here to download that book for free as well.

Stephan has a lengthy career in martial arts, spanning more than 3 decades.  He has dedicated many years to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and you can find his accessible and practical expertise on all BJJ matters at

A black belt in multiple martial art systems, he brings a range of approaches to self defense, and a critical eye for what works in the street.

Stephan has been featured in Black Belt Magazine, Ultimate Grappling, Tapout Magazine and Ultimate Athlete.

He is also a frequent guest on martial arts related podcasts, including The Fightworks Podcast, Atlantic MMA, Combatives Corner, The Warrior’s Den, The Spartan Underground and many more.

Feb 11, 2021

Your health is like a credit card..

You can definitely put things onto your credit card once in a while.  You can even use a credit card to help bridge the gap when you’re short on funds. But sooner or later you need to pay it off.

But if you keep on making withdrawals against your card without ever putting money back into it then you’re going to end up in serious trouble.

Your health is the same way. You can’t borrow against it indefinitely.

If you keep asking your body to push hard without giving it the time and support to recover then things are eventually going to go catastrophically wrong.

After beating the crap out of your body you need to balance the books by giving it the opportunity to recover.

Hard training without quality recovery is a recipe for disaster, so recovery is a skill you need to master as well.

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Stephan Kesting

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