Stop Working Out and Start Training-Part 4: Strength Training

imagesThe number one mistake that I see young wrestlers make is to try to copy the latest lifting programs from the internet. The internet is the new replacement of the old muscle mags, but it’s all one and the same: Jimmy sees a jacked guy in the picture and he says he does 40 different chest exercises on Monday, 72 back exercises on Tuesday, and leg press drop sets until he pukes on Wednesday. Take a few Continue reading “Stop Working Out and Start Training-Part 4: Strength Training”

Stop Working Out and Start Training! Part 3-Power Production

images-1The next step in our program is where things start getting fun and we really start getting after it. If you haven’t read the Part 1 or Part 2 be sure to go back and check them out first. It’s cool, I’ll wait… Continue reading “Stop Working Out and Start Training! Part 3-Power Production”

The Number One Way to Screw Up Your Strength Training

thLet’s make one thing perfectly clear right away-there are a lot of roads that lead to Rome. Any strength training program will work, for a little while at least, if done consistently and safely. The problem with this though, is that in today’s information overloaded world, every program we see is the new magic bullet and we can’t wait to try it. 8 minute Abs? Cool, let’s do it. 3 days later, boredom creeps in and we see “8 Weeks to a Herculean Chest,” so we switch Continue reading “The Number One Way to Screw Up Your Strength Training”

Lifting Weights is for Getting Strong

imagesWrestlers pride themselves on how hard they work day in and day out. The amount of suffering we can tolerate is worn as a badge of honor, and rightfully so. At the end of the day, though, in the words of world renowned strength coach Dan John, “the goal is to keep the goal, the goal.” Continue reading “Lifting Weights is for Getting Strong”

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”