"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?
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
Editors Note: *While this isn't specifically wrestling related, it is an important read. As wrestling grows, parents are more and more inclined to keep their child wrestling year round. While I only have anecdotal evidence to back it up, most of the best wrestlers I have worked with played multiple sports at some time in their life. Those who only wrestled often times were less fluid in their movements, and it became a disadvantage later in their careers. The Eastern European Wrestlers are notorious for taking time off to play soccer, handball, and other sports not related to wrestling. Just a thought... Tiger Woods did it So your kid should too...right? Here's the blueprint: Step 1: Pick and start one sport at the age of two. Step 2: Only play and practice that sport. Step 3: Win amateur championships. Step 4: Get a … [Read more...] about The death of the two sport athlete
*This is part #2 in a 3 part series on how I see the current state of “performance” or “strength and conditioning facilities”. Check back for part 3. Click HERE for Part #1. In the previous post we talked about the various aspects of performance that we can aim to increase in both the Athletic and Technical/Tactical realm. While each attribute was explained, we didn't discuss how you can go about increasing each one specifically. This post will outline how. Athleticism This is the group that Strength and Conditioning improves. Before we get to it though, I must stress that many of these strategies will only work once a base level of strength and stability are mastered. I recently read a great article by Eric Cressey on Why We're losing Athleticism that highlighted America's failure to keep standards of fitness at an acceptable … [Read more...] about In Pursuit of Performance, Part #2
I've seen a lot of programming for wrestling online and at various college/high school programs. Some of it good, some of it not bad, and some of it downright awful. While there are many factors that go into designing a strength and conditioning program for a wrestler, I want to go over a few exercises that I believe are essential to a wrestlers strength and conditioning program. 1. Pullups Pulling strength, grip strength, abdominals, and healthy shoulders are all benefits of the pullup. Pullups are a must for any wrestler. If you're not doing them, then you're probably not winning any medals at big tournaments. Wrestling is a pulling sport, and pullups are the king of pulling exercises. … [Read more...] about 5 Exercises you need to build a Stronger Wrestler