"Hi There StrongerWrestler.com Greetings from Cape Town South Africa. My son wrestles u11/42-46 kg Freestyle. Next year he will wrestle in the u13 age group with relevant weight bracket, so I'm looking for some S&C tips, links to assist but understand that at his age no weights should be used. Hoping you guys can assist. Our club rents a venue for training so pull up bars non-existent. I've just added him to my gym contract, but don't really know what else he can do apart from push-ups, battle ropes, plank, squats, burgers, etc and how many reps? -Grant Grant, Thanks for the email. This is a great question and one quite relevant anytime a wrestler moves up an age level (cadet-> junior, u12-> u15, etc). As we all know, even with a technique advantage, wrestling an opponent with 2 years of puberty and … [Read more...] about How should my middle school wrestler train?
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It's been a while. Sorry about that. I'm back though and plan on releasing new content every Sunday and Thursday. I've gotten some cool emails from all of you and plan on getting back to you asap. We have some exciting things in the works, so stay tuned. In the meantime though, I want to write a super quick post on a question I've received a few times leading up to the State Series season... How can I get my conditioning up as fast as possible? … [Read more...] about Stop Gassing Out
Hey Gabe, How should I lift for the off-season vs the season and how do I peak for big events? I feel like I'm never at my strongest when I need to be. Thanks, Jeff from Iowa Great question, Jeff. As we all know, there's a great saying that goes like this: [Tweet "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!"] That is so true in Strength and Conditioning as well. If you don't have a YEAR LONG (yes, year long) plan in place, then you won't be prepared when big events come. So, how do we plan things out? Here are a few things we need to consider first: Block System Here at Stronger Wrestle, we utilize a "Block" Training system. The Annual plan is a Macrocycle, made up of Mesocycles, which are made up of Microcycles. For the sake of simplicity, let's focus on the MesoCycles. There are 3 types … [Read more...] about Long term planning and peaking for wrestling
I'm currently reading a great book recommended to me by a friend called "So good they can't ignore you". One of the takeaways from it so far is the author's "Career Capital" idea. I love it. Since it's similar to what I tell my athletes all the time, I decided to touch on it. I think it's an important concept for anyone who'd like to reach high levels in anything. So what is Career Capital anyway? Imagine a man named Fred. Fred is a ambitious, competent individual who wants to break into the sales industry. He gets an entry level job making cold calls and learning the ropes. Fred quickly realizes how much he hates the tedious, boring tasks he has to do and over time he no longer tries to go above and beyond his current positions requirements. He's comfortable just being competent. Fred's job level and pay reflects his lack of desire to … [Read more...] about Building your “Athletic Capital”
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 … [Read more...] about Jake Herbert Interview