Monday, August 31, 2009

3 Training Tips to Prepare for Your Season FAST!

Wow... just like that the summer is just about gone and school is beginning everywhere...

But you know what that means... wrestling season is just around the corner!!

With that in mind, I wanted to give you 3 'immediately-usable' training tips that you can use to get 'functionally-strong' fast for the upcoming season:

Do 1-Leg Strength Exercises Whether you've been strength training this summer or not, you need to include some strength exercises that require 1 leg at a time. Wrestlers need to have adequate development in the Adductor/Abductor muscles in the legs. These muscles work to stabilize at the knee joint and help develop more mat speed. You can build a lot of 'wrestling-specific' leg strength between now and when the season begins by including exercises such as:

One Leg Pistol Squats
One Leg Pistol Box Squats
Reverse Dumbbell Lunge from 6" Box
Lunge onto 6" Box
One Leg 'Opposite Hand' RDL's

These are some of the best exercises for developing power on the mat as well... and that means faster takedown speed. Try to get stronger on each of these exercises for the next 6 weeks and you'll be amazed at the difference on the mat. The best part is that youth wrestlers, high school wrestlers, and college wrestlers can gain a lot of benefit from them! You can see how I incorporate these in programs for wrestlers in my Ultimate Wrestling Strength Program.

2. No Crunches or Situps That's right... I want you to stop doing crunches or situps for the next 6 weeks so you can work on core stability work that is more 'mat-specific.' In wrestling you need to have core stability before you learn how to incorporate the Internal Oblique muscles for fast wrestling on the mat. Every time you are tied-up on the mat and are going for points, trying to escape, or even reverse your opponent, you need to use the muscles in your core that allow for rotational movement. Try training the following types of core stability exercises 3 times per week for the next 6 weeks to get a jump-start on your competition:

1-Leg Planks
Pallof Presses
Static Woodchop Holds
Static Reverse Woodchop Holds

Do the same thing here... Choose one or two of the exercises and do them 3 non-consecutive days per week for the next 6 weeks. The results on the mat will be impressive!

3. Do Myofascial Massage Every wrestler knows that in order to be successful on the wrestling mat you must have flexible muscles. You can out-muscle opponents who aren't very good wrestlers, but when the competition gets tougher, your flexibility becomes even more important. Every wrestler knows that your muscles have to be able to stretch. But few wrestlers realize that in order to have the most flexible, most-efficient muscles that allow you need to work on the quality of the muscle. This means that you should work on getting rid of those 'knots' in the muscle so that you can become stronger, more flexible, and reduce injuries.

How do you do it?

Simple... Use a Foam Roller!

I recently discovered these because I was trying to work through a couple of old powerlifting injuries. The roller allows you to give yourself 'the world's cheapest massage' and it takes about 5 minutes before you train. You put the roller on the floor and glide whatever muscle group you are working on over the roller for 20 seconds. After 5 minutes you'll be done and feel prepared for all-out training or practice. They are amazing! Just do a google search if you want to check them out.

That's all for now!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Eat junk food and still make weight for wrestling!

Many of my members at Wrestling Performance like the benefit of having me design meal programs for them so they can gain weight, cut weight or keep their weight the same for wrestling via the members forum...

The meals plans are usually based around whole, natural foods, combined in specific ratios to meet nutritional needs while fulfilling the body weight goals that are desired...

Let's face it... eating perfectly is difficult sometimes... in fact it can really suck to have to eat 'clean' while you watch your friends and family chow down on really tasty desserts, pizza, fast-food etc.

If you're one of those guys who hates to prepare meals and hates to eat like a bodybuilder I have a solution for you...


You can drink between 2-4 of these a day (depending on your body weight) and meet your nutritional needs with low calories... then you can eat whatever you want the rest of the day!!

The key is to make sure that whatever foods you consume the rest of the day don't put you over your caloric limit for the day...

For example, let's say I want to cut weight and can have up to 2800 calories per day to allow me to cut weight.  I would drink 3 meal replacement drinks in water for a total of 810 calories.  This would leave me with 1990 calories that I can eat from any source I want to, while still being able to cut the weight without losing strength or energy!  I could eat the pizza I love, and maybe a chocolate milk shake too... without guilt or remorse.

The first thing you'll need to do is find out how many calories you need, and then go from there...

It worked for me back in the early 90's when meal replacement drinks were first created, and it will work for you now!!

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I am a 20 + years Sports Performance Specialist. I work exclusively with wrestlers to help them gain strength, speed, flexibility and endurance to win more matches. I also coach wrestlers on how to cut weight without losing strength. My website is a members-only site where you can get hundreds of my articles, tips, strategies, workouts, interviews etc. to help you gain the edge. I also provide personal coaching in our members forum :) I'm a dog lover... My Schnauzer named Gracie is our baby. My wife is Michelle, the greatest person in my life.