"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?
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”
athletic [ath-let-ik] adjective 1. of or pertaining to athletes; involving the use of physical skills or capabilities, as strength, agility, or stamina: There are many great wrestlers out there. Some who showcase incredible technique that wows us. Some have unbelievable strength that impresses us. Some demonstrate speed and quickness that awes us. Some present conditioning that amazes us. This article is meant to discuss those who have the latter 3. A little over a year ago, FloWrestling's 2nd annual Who's #1 event wowed the wrestling community from start to finish. I had the opportunity to go out to the inaugural event last year to watch one of my athletes' compete and it was an incredible experience. Flo pulls out all the stops and delivers not only great wrestling, but also a very attractive and well … [Read more...] about The Top 5 Most Athletic Wrestlers at #WNO2014