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.