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Jake Herbert Interview

November 3, 2014 — Leave a comment
Jake's a Stronger Wrestler

Jake’s a Stronger Wrestler


Jake Herbert is going to change the game. Currently, small part time wrestling clubs can’t keep up with the 24/7 nature and elite coaching of the super clubs. Jake Herbert aims to correct that.

He’s come up with a System called BASE Wrestling that is a long term curriculum combining athleticism, drilling, flexibility, live wrestling, and world class technique to set up wrestling clubs and wrestlers with the foundation to be incredibly successful on and off the mat. If anyone can do it, Jake can. Check out a small sample of his resume:

  • 2012 Olympian (84kg/185 lbs)
  • 2009 World silver medalist (84kg/185 lbs)
  • 2009 NCAA champion (184 pounds)
  • 2007 NCAA champion (184 pounds)
  • 2006 NCAA All-American (2nd, 174 pounds)
  • 2005 NCAA All-American (3rd, 174 pounds)
  • Three-time Big Ten champion (2006, ’07, ’09)
  • Career Collegiate Record: 149-4 (5th in NCAA all-time win%)
  • 2009 Dan Hodge Trophy recipient
  • Top 10 wrestler of the 2000’s

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State Champion Grip

March 5, 2014 — 4 Comments

I am finally finished!

The culmination of two years worth of data collection has finally come to an end. If you are one of the wrestlers who took time out of your tournament to let me test you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I truly appreciate it. For the coaches who loved the idea and allowed me to test their wrestlers at tournaments, thank you. To my intern Ken for helping, thanks; you are the man.

For the past two wrestling seasons, I have been going to various tournaments testing wrestlers grip’s using a dynamometer to see if there is a correlation to grip strength and success in wrestling. In case you’re curious as to what that is, a picture is posted below.

Grip Dynamometer

Grip Dynamometer

Does grip strength play a role in success at the 3A IHSA Wrestling State Championships?

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In-Season Wrestling Strength

January 28, 2013
Your opponent trains during the season. Why aren't you?

Your opponent trains during the season. Why aren’t you?

As we are hitting the tail end of the season, I’d like to share how I program our wrestlers’ training during the season. While it is very important to continue to train during the season, I’d like to preface this article by saying that the off-season is the most important part of a training program. Unfortunately, a phrase I often hear is “My son has wrestling season coming up next month and we need to get him stronger”. Let’s get this straight, once and for all:

THE OFF-SEASON IS THE TIME TO GET BETTER!! (Stronger/Faster/More Technical/Etc)

Can I get your son stronger in-season? Yes. Should that be the main focus? No, we should be maintaining and adding to the strength made in the off-season! When in-season, you should be immersed in your quest for a championship and sports practices take precedent over lifting. Not only that, but it is very easy to over-train during the season if you don’t know what you’re doing and/or continue with your off-season workouts due to the increased demands of sport practice. An in-season program should be simple, and easy to auto-regulate due to the ever changing landscape of in-season wrestling and student athletes. This would also apply to combat sports (MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, etc.) “competition prep” as well.

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