IT'S FREESTYLE AND GRECO STATE TIME! The magical period where dreams are either realized...or crushed. In order to help you do all you can to be prepared, here is a small checklist highlighting a few things I make sure my athletes' stay on top of as the time approaches. CONDITIONING Is your conditioning in order? Have you been pushing yourself in practice and not holding back? While I believe the absolute best way to get in shape for wrestling is to wrestle, you must also make sure you are doing extra work on your own as well to continue developing your work capacity. While it's very important to have high intensity days, it's equally important to have some lower, moderate intensity conditioning workouts. Things like light drilling, jump roping, moderate bike riding, etc. will go a long way in increasing your ability to recover … [Read more...] about State Series Checklist
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!