Wrestling is an anaerobic sport. Anaerobic means ‘without oxygen.’ So why on earth do so many wrestlers and coaches advocate endless miles of jogging when conditioning for the needs of a wrestling match?
Endless jogging depletes the glycogen from your muscle cells, leaving your body no choice but to use its own muscle for energy. This will over-train the body very quickly.
If you are completely out of condition and are just starting a long (4 month) program to get into top wrestling shape, you can do a jog twice a week to develop an aerobic base. This will help your body get into better anaerobic condition. However, after this very short phase of aerobic training, it’s time to ditch the jogging and stick to interval sprinting, sprints of various distances, uphill sprints (and walk down), stadium stairs runs etc.
All of these have the common them of being short bursts of all-out runs, followed by short rest periods. By alternating these, you better simulate the demands of a wrestling match.
The end result is better conditioned wrestlers, able to go the distance. You will also be less susceptible to injuries because you won’t beat the body down.
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