The 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”
Let’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”
Wrestlers 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”
In the first installment of this series, I broke down the 4 parts of an effective strength and conditioning program: a thorough warm up, power work, strength training, and, of course, conditioning, done in that order.
For most people, a warm up consists of a few arm circles and a 5 minute jog on the treadmill, but Continue reading “Stop Working Out and Start Training! Part 2-The Warm Up”
Pulling strength is vital to wrestling success. If you can’t pull in a leg when you’re in on a single or double, or be able to cinch up a tightwaist tight enough to squeeze the life out of your opponent, then you’re missing out on opportunities to score. While inverted rows are a great exercise for the pulling muscles of your Continue reading “Exercise of the Week: Inverted Rope Rows”
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”
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”