West Virginia Wrestling


by Dr. Bill Welker

... on Off-Season Activities for Wrestlers

What should the dedicated wrestler do during the off-season spring, summer, and fall months?
First of all, there's no way of getting around hard work. Championships don't come. At this point, many of you may be wondering, "What can I do off-season?" Pay careful attention to the four "musts" and your question will be answered.

CLINICS--To improve technique you should attend wrestling clinics. There are many all over the region now. Choose those that deal with your weak areas. Do not expect miracles at such demonstrations. If you pick up just one move that improves performance, you can consider the clinic experience a success.
WRESTLE--Experience is, in truth, the best teacher. There are many post-season tournaments that you can enter, and the better the competition, the better you will get. But for goodness sake, wrestle at your natural weight, so your mind is not preoccupied with dieting. Finally, make sure your in the proper condition to compete. If not, you could end up with a serious injury that could eliminate you from competition during the regular (most important) season.
RUN--When your not wrestling, run! Jogging, with sprint intervals, is one of the best substitute conditioners for the mat sport. And it certainly would not hurt to take in a couple of long distance races or marathons, for a change of competitive pace.
WEIGHT TRAINING--Upper body strength is imperative in wrestling. However, you should pump the iron for endurance strength, not bulk. Remember, too much muscle will slow you down, with the loss of flexibility.

So, grapplers, get out there and earn your future laurels!

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Updated September 22, 1998