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Wrestling Fitness

Posted on March 2, 2012 , by junowebdesign

Wrestling is a great sport for fitness, but in order to perform to the best of your abilities you'll need to tailor your work out. Wrestling revolves around the ability to stabilize and support your own body weight as well as your opponent – and this is something you've got to consider when preparing for matches.

Design your fitness program

There are specific areas that wrestling needs strength in which are very distinct from other fitness sports.

In order to make the most of your work out for wrestling, it's important to do exercises that develop your strength and power. Anything from push ups and lunges to core stabilization exercises and squats are great for this.

Another thing to consider is a work out that involves dynamic exercises with a wrestling partner. These are the most specific exercises for wrestling, as obviously there's always your opponent to consider during matches. By practicing moving your partner's body weight and performing exercising with them, you'll be able to build up good strength for dealing with an opponent's body weight.

It's also vital to consider the demands that wrestling places on your body. The typical 2 minute periods of wrestling during a match will tax both the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems – that is, how your body generates energy. It's therefore necessary to help your body with resisting lactic acid build up. You can do this by dispersing 2 minutes intense work with rest periods, which can build up your conditioning against lactic acid build up.

Imagination really is important for helping with fitness – there are all sorts of exercises that can be great for various muscle groups and overall fitness. So long as you warm up properly, eat well and don't over do it, you can really boost your performance by targeting key areas that wrestling needs.


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