As taken from OAAthlete.com "Winners make their own luck" In a few days I will turn 28, which marks my 10 yr anniversary of working with elite athletes. Over those 10 years I've been able to pick out a few habits that sets the athletes who are incredibly successful in their sport and training apart from the rest. While this is not a comprehensive list, I strongly believe that these habits will take you a long way not only in your athletic success, but in life as well. … [Read more...] about The 7 Habits of Highly Recruited Athletes
Strong Grip, Strong Wrestler As wrestlers, the ability to control your opponents' wrists with a strong and powerful grip is an incredible wrestling advantage. In fact, in my experience it is very rare to meet someone with a STRONG grip who's not a badass. The problem is, outside of pullups and rope climbs, most wrestlers do not train their grip at all! And if they do, they are probably doing it improperly (hint: wrist curls aren't the answer). In this post, we'll go in depth about the types of exercises you should do to develop a devastating grip. … [Read more...] about Grip Training
For those of you who remember the movie " Remember the Titans", one of the words Denzel Washington's character had his athletes screaming was "Mobile". The definition of mobility is: The ability to move or be moved freely and easily. Being mobile (and flexible) is a crucial step in the journey to the top of the podium. Wrestlers as a whole generally have tight and immobile hips and shoulders, two incredibly important joints involved in the sport of wrestling. Since it is a constant struggle for me to make sure my athletes are stretching, foam rolling, and performing mobility drills, I am sure that it is for all of you out there. While doing those is rarely fun, the reality is we NEED to do it. Being mobile and flexible will do a variety things to raise your game. Here are a few of them: … [Read more...] about MOBILE! AGILE! HOSTILE!
Wrestling Needs Analysis What do we need as wrestlers who want to dominate the competition? A needs analysis is an "Evaluation of the requirements and characteristics of the sport and the assessment of the athlete"(1). Today we will focus on the sport of wrestling itself and discuss what we need to improve on to become elite wrestlers. In the coming weeks we will discuss the types of exercises we can do to improve each characteristic. Speed * Strength=Power! This is a no brainer. Speed is very important. Being quicker and faster than your opponent on the mat gives you an incredible advantage on the offensive or defensive. While speed is very important, strength is the other part of the equation. Power is "Strength x Speed" and very important on things like finishing a double leg, or driving your opponent onto their back. Without … [Read more...] about Wrestling Needs
Practice in your sport is the #1 priority. Always. Athleticism means nothing without technique. Once we establish our practice days, we can write in our ideal training structure. … [Read more...] about Workout Structuring