Arin Adjamian is a black-belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Robert Drysdale. He is also a successful sports nutritionist.
In 2009, Adjamian pioneered one of the first fully online sports nutrition consultation sites. The need for a sports nutrition program was personal; at 340 pounds Adjamian had an addiction to food. He lost 100 pounds fine tuning his own nutrition while training Jiu-Jitsu.
Now, Adjamian is a two-time World Champion, Pan-American Champion, and European Champion. He has won 52 medals: with 18 of them being IBJJF gold. His resume in nutrition includes athletes, models, and bodybuilders, as well as the regular Joe.
Most recently, Arin was called on by Frank Mir in his fight against Fedor Emelianenko as his head nutritionist and grappling partner. Adjamian also helps fighters cut weight safely while maintaining full health and maximum nutrition.
When he started Jiu-jitsu, Adjamian was at a low-point in his life. He had a binge-eating disorder. He was on anti-depressants. Overall, he was unhappy with the person he was. He was stuck in a vicious cycle. He was not happy with the person he saw in the mirror and would comfort himself with food, then feel worse, perpetuating the cycle.
Adjamian wanted a change. His then-girlfriend started a job as a program director at a Jiu-Jitsu academy. He started studying the martial art and fell in love with it. This began the holistic change in Adjamian’s life. He lost 100 pounds with his new competition oriented lifestyle. Jiu-Jitsu was the driving force behind his personal improvement.
At the time, he knew nothing about nutrition and the things he was trying were not working. This led Adjamian to conduct his own research on nutrition. He studied and devoured all the knowledge he could find. Once he had an understanding of nutrition and was able to get his own lifestyle under control, he realized he could help others.
Adjamian started out by giving free advice to people who wanted help. It was going so well, he opened an online nutrition company. “I realized that I could help others who were in the same situation as I was, and 3Js Nutrition Network was born.”
Through nutrition, Adjamian was able to make a living doing something he was passionate about. He has been able to help morbidly obese people with diabetes and high cholesterol lose 80 to 100 pounds. This was extremely rewarding for Adjamian. He literally helps change and, at times, save lives.
He works with people that start out with no confidence in themselves and become someone who can wear a bathing suit in public and be comfortable in their own skin.
He was a brown-belt when he met Mir, who had just signed a deal with Bellator. Adjamian offered to take care of Mir’s nutritional needs for his fight against Emelianenko.
He contacted Justin Blum, who owns Portion Control, a meal prepping restaurant. Adjamian asked Bloom if he would sponsor Mir and he said, “Absolutely!” “I knew Frank was coming off a long 2 year lay off, so I wanted to make his nutrition as easy as possible, while fueling his workouts. I called upon Justin Blum of PortionControl Las Vegas and he did all the meal prepping for Frank.” said Adjamian.
Blum and Adjamian coordinated Mir’s nutrition and a new match was made. This partnership made it easy for Mir to meet his nutritional needs without having to think.
Adjamian is a certified sports nutritionist. However, he states that the sports nutritionist course did not teach him what he needed to know. Instead, he believes nothing is a better teacher than research and experience. He has the ability to work with people and do what is necessary to help them reach their goals.
Adjamian has formulated his own nutritional philosophy that he applies to his clients. Using a term he calls “microcalibration,” Adjamian uses empirical data through specific weekly check ins with measurements and weight that he requires each and every client to report in order to continually adjust nutrition and activity level. His passion and his drive have led Adjamian to be able to understand how to adjust the plan to meet the specific needs of the client.
By Jeanette Smith