Exercise of the Week: 1 Arm Dumbbell Bench Press

Single arm exercises are incredibly valuable as an athlete for a number of reasons. Basically, when you’re wrestling, you are doing different things with each arm and hand and training them individually helps with that carry over. On top of that, pressing with one arm is Continue reading “Exercise of the Week: 1 Arm Dumbbell Bench Press”

Stop Working Out and Start Training! Part 1

Iowa State's Jake Varner celebrates his victory over Nebraska's Craig Brester in a championship bout in the 197-pound weight class at the NCAA Division I wrestling championships, Saturday, March 21, 2009, in St. Louis. Varner, who was runner up the past two seasons, finally wins a national championship.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)To be a championship caliber wrestler, you need to be strong, explosive, flexible, and have a gas tank that allows you to wrestle aggressively for 6 or more minutes (ALWAYS TRAIN WITH OVERTIME IN MIND!). How you design your program will be the first step in being more prepared than the guy you shake hands with under the lights, and Continue reading “Stop Working Out and Start Training! Part 1”

What is TakedownSC All About?

pb-111024-wrestling2-12p.photoblog900This site is an idea of mine that is really a long time coming. Having wrestled through middle school, high school, college, and beyond, and having studied and worked as a strength and conditioning coach for high level athletes, I have a unique understanding of how to most optimally prepare for the demands of wrestling. I’ve learned from Continue reading “What is TakedownSC All About?”