Basics of Wrestling

Dan Gable (who is a legend in the sport) was once quoted as saying that “Once you wrestle everything else is easy.” This couldn’t be truer. Wrestling is a sport that makes everything look easy in comparison. One of the reason for this because of weight cutting. Most sports will allow you to be able to eat normally before a competition. Wrestling on the other hand requires you to keep your weight under control. If you ever fail to make your weight class then you are not allowed to wrestler.

It can take many years for wrestlers to be able develop and really gel in the sport. However, this can be shorted by working out in the summer time. Since it is a winter sport, you can make up a lot of ground, by working out and training all year. This isn’t mandatory, but it is required if you want … Read the rest

Get in Shape for Wrestling

Training for wrestling is extremely intensive and grueling. It forces you to work in an anaerobic environment where you are almost begging for air. Muscles grow when under stress, and the goal in wrestling is to make them grow as quickly as possible. This is the main reason why wrestlers are the most overtrained athletes in the world. There training split emphasises each muscle group during every workout session. The University of Michigan wrestling team uses the “full-body split,” as you can see in their workout:

  • Manual Neck
  • Any Shrug
  • Any Shoulder
  • Chin ups
  • Hammer Flat Bench
  • Rope Climb
  • Hammer Incline
  • Straight Bar Curls
  • Rope-a-Dope
  • Ground Base Push/Pull
  • Dips
  • Any Bicep
  • Hammer Leg Press
  • Wall Sit
  • Blocks
  • Calves

Wrestling is a combination of two different types of athletes: Power distance and endurance. A wrestler must get optimal energy from each of the three different energy systems. That means as a … Read the rest