I am finally finished! The culmination of two years worth of data collection has finally come to an end. If you are one of the wrestlers who took time out of your tournament to let me test you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I truly appreciate it. For the coaches who loved the idea and allowed me to test their wrestlers at tournaments, thank you. To my intern Ken for helping, thanks; you are the man. For the past two wrestling seasons, I have been going to various tournaments testing wrestlers grip's using a dynamometer to see if there is a correlation to grip strength and success in wrestling. In case you're curious as to what that is, a picture is posted below. Does grip strength play a role in success at the 3A IHSA Wrestling State Championships? … [Read more...] about State Champion Grip
I recently had a conversation with a prominent researcher in the wrestling community and we both agreed that if you could do only ONE exercise for wrestling, it should be pullups. Weighted, unweighted, neutral grip, overhand, rope, grenade, it doesn't matter...if you want to be a Stronger Wrestler, you should be doing pullups. Here are a few reasons. 1. Fat, un-athletic people can't do pull-ups Great athletes have great relative strength. In other words, a 200 lb athlete who can squat 400lbs is far more impressive than a 300lb athlete that can squat 450lbs. This also holds true with body weight exercises. More often than not, athletes who can do a large amount of pullups tend to be powerful, fast, and quick. This is simply due to the fact that pullups are hard, and you must be strong and not carry a lot of body fat to be able to do … [Read more...] about Do your pullups
It's finally wrestling season! I have been slacking on this website, and apologize for that. Time to get back on track and churn out some good content to make everyone out there a Stronger Wrestler! I've had a few questions from parents and athletes regarding in-season training and management so we'll to a brief Q&A today. This video gets me pumped! Question: How should I manage my strength and conditioning training this season? … [Read more...] about It’s Wrestling Season!!
HOPE WRESTLES On February 5th, 2013, Corey and Ryan Hope will embark on a 4 month journey across the world to Armenia. The brothers will be traveling there to train with some of the world's best Greco-Roman Wrestlers on their quest to become future Olympians. These two are clearly very passionate and driven and I am sure they will reach their goal. Corey and Ryan were gracious enough to make some time to give us an interview telling us a little bit about their trip, their desire to compete and train with the best, and how other countries around the world stack up to America in terms of Strength, Conditioning, and Power (Hint: American's are way behind). StrongerWrestler.com: Ryan and Corey, thank you so much for your time. For starters, tell us a little about yourselves, your careers so far, and what you're doing now. … [Read more...] about Interview series with Ryan and Corey Hope
As we are hitting the tail end of the season, I'd like to share how I program our wrestlers' training during the season. While it is very important to continue to train during the season, I'd like to preface this article by saying that the off-season is the most important part of a training program. Unfortunately, a phrase I often hear is "My son has wrestling season coming up next month and we need to get him stronger". Let's get this straight, once and for all: THE OFF-SEASON IS THE TIME TO GET BETTER!! (Stronger/Faster/More Technical/Etc) Can I get your son stronger in-season? Yes. Should that be the main focus? No, we should be maintaining and adding to the strength made in the off-season! When in-season, you should be immersed in your quest for a championship and sports practices take precedent over lifting. Not only that, but it … [Read more...] about In-Season Wrestling Strength