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==== ====Great selection and Great prices on Wrestling Shoeswww.dangablewrestlingshoes.com==== ====The high school folkstyle wrestling season is over. What do you do now? Do you throw yourwrestling shoes in the back of the closet and not look at them again until next November? Do youforget about weight training and conditioning until next November as well? Do you spend the entiresummer drinking soda pop, eating ice cream, and hanging out at the beach? I hope that youanswered no to all of these questions. If you want to excel in the sport of wrestling, you need totrain year round.Training Year RoundVery few high school state champions or NCAA champions wrestle only during the regularscholastic season. Most elite wrestlers do not simply wrestle three or four months out of the year.Do you think Dan Gable or John Smith only wrestled during the high school folkstyle season orcollegiate season? No. They wrestled year round. They wrestled freestyle and as well as folkstyle.PeriodizationPeriodization is simply the planning of your training for a specific period of time. Different types ofperiodization exist including linear, undulating, concurrent, and conjugate. Periodization consistsprimarily of three phases: the preparatory, competitive, and transition phases.After the folkstyle season ends, you may wrestle in some postseason takedown tournaments. Inaddition, you may begin wrestling in the spring freestyle season. Wrestling in a few spring freestyletournaments can give you many opportunities to work on your takedown skills. The freestyleseason may be a time that seems a bit more relaxed. Freestyle offers a slight change of pace fromfolkstyle and you may not be as concerned about maintaining a certain weight.You dont want to get burned out on wrestling. You also dont want to overwork your body. Takinga week or two off after the folkstyle season to let your body rest is a good idea. Try to take a weekor two off in your training at some point. Rest is an important component of periodization. Youmay decide not to wrestle freestyle. Perhaps youd rather just take a few weeks off and then beginlifting weights and doing some running. Maybe your local school has open mat times when youcan go in and drill some moves. Freestyle isnt a favorite of everyone.Summer CampsSummer camps make winter champs. Perhaps youve heard that phrase before. Attending campsand clinics can definitely help your wrestling to keep improving. My high wrestling coachencouraged attending a wrestling camp during the summer. He thought that a wrestler became toodetached from wrestling he if completely forgot about it until the following fall. I attended camps
the summers after my sophomore and junior years of high school. I learned new moves and metsome talented college wrestlers. I even got to hear Dan gable speak and meet him in person.John Fritz (an NCAA champion and former coach for Penn State) used a quote on his summercamp brochure that said, "There will come a time when winter will ask what you were doing allsummer." If you dont spend some time wrestling during the summer or at least working on yourconditioning it will almost surely have an effect on your wrestling success the following season.If freestyle wrestling or camps arent your thing or dont fit into your schedule, you might considerbuying some technique videos to study over the summer. You could perhaps do some shadowwrestling at home. Try doing some stand up drills and takedown drills. Visualize and practicemoves even if you arent at a camp or working out with a wrestling partner. Some coaches havestated that your best training partner is yourself.Summer can be a good time to work on weaknesses as well. If you spent the season being outmuscled by your opponents, perhaps you need to focus on strength training over the summer. Ifyou ran out of "gas" in a lot of your matches during the season, perhaps you need to really focuson improving your conditioning over the summer. Do some running, wind sprints, and circuittraining. Build up your work capacity and your GPP (general physical preparedness).Conditioning expert Matt Wiggins likes to talk about building a bigger "gas tank" so you can golonger and do more work over a longer period of time. You may want to research work capacityand GPP. You may also want to research wrestling conditioning.10, 000 Hour RuleSuccess in wrestling or any other endeavor in life may not have as much to do with talent as youthink. Two books, The Talent Code and Outliers: The Story of Success, both discuss somethingcalled the 10,000 hour rule. It takes about 10,000 hours of practice to achieve greatness ormastery in a certain area of expertise. These books express the idea that even people societydeem as "talented" actually practiced a lot to achieve their levels of greatness. Practice it seemsis more important than innate talent. Even the famous composer Mozart put in years of practice tobecome an expert in his field of expertise.Six-time world and Olympic wrestling champion John Smith has stated, "I think we throw the wordtalent around a lot. People say I was talented or this or that. I probably hit a million low single legsin my lifetime. I probably drilled a leg lace 40 or 50 times a day. I earned the right to be able to hitsharp techniques. It had nothing to do with talent."Basketball legend Michael Jordan is considered by many to be the greatest basketball player thatthe sport of basketball has ever seen. However, Michael Jordan was cut from the varsity teamduring his sophomore year of high school. He hadnt quite honed his talent yet at that point in hislife. He dedicated himself to practicing diligently to improve his basketball skills. That extra workand dedication obviously paid off.Are you willing to put in thousands of hours of practice to achieve your wrestling goals? Off seasonand summer training is essential if you want to become a champion in the sport of wrestling.Im not trying to imply that you need to put in 10,000 hours of practice to become a state champion
or even an NCAA champion wrestler. Im simply stating that the more you practice, the better youwill be. Just make sure your technique is correct to begin with and then drill it religiously.Ive seen many elite athletes state that they didnt have that much innate talent. They werentspecial or gifted. But, they put in several hours of dedicated practice to excel in their chosen sport.Therefore, if you spend your spring and summer wrestling and practicing moves, you will have putin many more hours of practice compared to some other wrestlers.CommitmentDan Gable continued to wrestle during the summer two or three times per week while he was inhigh school to keep the sport close. Even though he worked summer jobs, he still found some timefor wrestling. Masahiko Kimura, one of the greatest judoka of all time, sometimes practiced up tonine hours a day. Dan Gable worked out seven hours a day, seven days a week while preparingfor the Olympics. Boxing legend Rocky Marciano was known to train year round. Rocky Marcianois considered by many to be the best conditioned boxer the sport of boxing has ever seen.. But, itwasnt always that way. In an early amateur fight against a former Golden Gloves champion hebecame exhausted early in the fight. He was eventually disqualified. He vowed to never be out ofcondition for a fight again. He retired undefeated.I mainly wrestled four months out of the year except for attending a week of wrestling camp duringthe summer. I always did some conditioning during the summer months such as running andlifting weights. I was a conference champion and a state qualifier during my senior year. Thatsnot too bad considering the amount of effort I put in. However, I could have been so much better ifI had been more committed to off season training. Make sure to spend some time on yourwrestling and conditioning year round. You can excel in wrestling if you dont neglect off seasontraining.Tharin Schwinefus is a former high school conference wrestling champion and state qualifier. Hemaintains a passion and interest in all things related to the sport of wrestling. If you would like toread more articles about different aspects of wrestling then please visithttp://wrestlingforglory.blogspot.com and http://essentialwrestler.webs.com.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Tharin_Schwinefus==== ====
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