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    Men I want to make it to STATE in Wrestling, Please Help!

    I want to accomplish my goal of competing in the Texas Wrestling State Championships this year, what can I do?

    I have all odds stacked against me. I'm a senior. I am a natural 152/160 but I'm wrestling either at 171 or 180. I've never been to state nor regionals before because for the past two years in a row I've had leg injuries to my once before broken leg. NOW I have no excuses. It's my last year. WHAT CAN I DO TO PUT ALL ODDS ASIDE and ACCOMPLISH MY GOAL? I'm willing to do everything. What does it take to push aside my odds and make it to state. If I have to wake up 4am every morning to work out I will. For you experienced wrestlers who made it to state and competed and had odds against you, what did you do? I need your sincere answers. THANKS.

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    I like your attitude a lot about this. That is the attitude that separates champions from the average Joe. Keep that attitude along with you and take action, and I promise you will not only succeed in wrestling, but you will succeed in life. I am also aiming for states. Best of luck!

    Train everyday! Train strength and endurance. To train strength lift heavy weights and do it in 5 reps. The 5 reps is there for a reason, it trains purely strength don't do any more than that or you will just gain bulk which isn't a good thing or endurance if above 10 reps. Do this about 3 times a week at the gym.

    Train endurance by body weight exercises. If you do more than 10 you are training mostly endurance. Which is just what you need if you want to last in a wrestling match. Some body weight exercises you might do in about 5 reps. Don't worry about that, just do it. Do calisthenics (body weight training) every day including days you go to the gym.

    Start a workout log. The workout log will keep you motivated and will show you how you progress over time. You don't know how helpful they are until you try them out. It will leave you speechless about your progress and always motivated to get to a higher level. Trust me, I know first hand.

    Do a lot of conditioning. If you have a lot of strength it doesn't mean nothing if you can't last to the third period. Conditioning is VERY essential if you want to go to states. If you have good cardio you will find yourself beating people way stronger than you. You need to train your aerobic (with air) and anaerobic (without air) endurance. Read this for more information. http://www.brianmac.co.uk/enduranc.htm

    For aerobic endurance take jogs around a track at a good pace. Always be aware of how much you jogged so you try to beat your previous record, which will not only motivate you but also push you to do more. each lap is 400 meters. This is in the beginning of the match when your body is able to meet the oxygen intake demand for your body's activity. It will also improve your heart's strength and size.

    For anaerobic endurance do sprints as fast as you can for about 100 meters or so. Do a few sets of these a day and you will see an immense change in your performance on the mat. That is because wrestling is largely anaerobic. That is when your body can't keep up with the demand of oxygen intake so it goes in dept of oxygen which is the stage applying to most of the match. You will train your body to last longer and be more endured in wrestling in the anaerobic stage by training anerobc endurance. Anaerobic training improves lactate tolerance also. It will also improve your heart's strength and size. Running up the hill is a good thing as you will also strengthen your leg muscle more.

    A lot of wrestlers over look flexibility. It is extremely important. Not only from minimizing the chance of injury but it also helps you get out of tough positions in wrestling; And wrestle in tough positions that you wouldn't be able to wrestle in without good flexibility which could result in a takedown against you or a loss of an opportunity to get a reversal or a takedown against your opponent.

    Eat right and smart. You are what you eat. If you eat the wrong stuffyou will suffer on the mat. Whether you notice this or not, you will play worse. But if you eat the right stuff, you will play at your optimum performance. Read this: http://www.mhsaa.com/sports/wrst/Nurtrition%202004.pdf

    Train your technique too. It is a very important aspect in wrestling. Watch and learn tid-bits from other people. Watch videos on this site or flowrestling.com and study their techniques. You can also something from even some of the worse wrestlers. But just don't pick up bad habits or techniques, be careful of that.

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    Last edited by Wrestling_Prodigy; 11-07-2008 at 09:57 PM.
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    Train! Train! Train! and Train even harder
    Only Time Will Tell :D

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    First guy in the room, last guy out.

    R.I.P. Cyrano and Roxanne.

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    I think I can help out with this a lot as not only have I been to state, but I have placed as well. So I really know what it takes and the effort required.
    You said you have to wrestle up a lot, thats okay, being smaller isn't always bad. Work on speed, drill everymove to no end. Size isn't worth anything if you're to slow to catch on to any moves.
    Conditioning is obviously very important, without it you'll tire and lose. Not good. Work on all spans of conditioning you can, 100 meter sprints, intense long runs, long runs broken up with jump roping, push ups or any other combinations. Then of course live wrestling a lot. You won't just get better by doing the same moves though, you have to try new techniques. Even if it ends up with you getting beaten in practice, thats all it is, practice, so practice new moves.
    Ill assume you want to try to bulk up a little bit too if you are wrestling up that much, so lots of lifting with a strong diet. You'll need a lot of calories and I believe that you take the weight that you want to be at and times it by 13 and thats what you need. Ex. you wanna make it to 165, youll need at least 2145, but you gain weight, boost that up to maybe 2500-3500 depending. It needs to be good food too, no more Ho-Hos.
    Train hard too, every practice push until you feel like you cant do anymore, then do more. Go early and leave late. Last year and this year I would go over to the gym at 2 30 or 3 15 and stay until 6 00. Thats what it takes. Just know though that the saying ''the harder you work, the better youll be'' isnt always true. If you push too hard and get hurt, you wont have a chance to make it to state and you seem rather injury prone.
    Remember the mental game too though. You CANNOT dwell on a loss, it won't help. Know what you did wrong, never do it again. But the same goes for winning, be proud you won but you may need to remind yourself "hey, i won, but that doesnt mean anything now, no one cares, move on and train harder." At the state level, everyone has won big, and no one cares that you have.

    Just know that you need to work very hard this year and you cannot allow yourself to quit or get down.

    Best of luck.

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    Fortunately you're in Texas, so that's more than half the battle already. Scout your oposition and train specifically for those who you will have to knock off in order to gain a state berth. Get to work.
    Lets go Brent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazylaughboy View Post
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    Ill assume you want to try to bulk up a little bit too if you are wrestling up that much, so lots of lifting with a strong diet. You'll need a lot of calories and I believe that you take the weight that you want to be at and times it by 13 and thats what you need. Ex. you wanna make it to 165, youll need at least 2145, but you gain weight, boost that up to maybe 2500-3500 depending. It needs to be good food too, no more Ho-Hos.

    Best of luck.
    You don't train for bulk. That is just how big your muscle is and doesn't have to do with real strength. That is what bodybuilders train for. Us wrestlers train for pure strength.

    And according to this site: http://www.mhsaa.com/sports/wrst/Nurtrition%202004.pdf - To maintain your weight you multiply your weight by 19 to see how many calories you need daily.
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    Thank you so much for the great answer this most definitely assisted me in my knowledge and understanding about the sport and I can promise you all of your information I will use as much as possible. You mentioned about AIM, I have yahoo and aim, my aim is menialcrinimal just tell me what times you're usually on and in what state your from so I can calculate the difference from Texas time and add you to my buddy list so we can chat once in a while. I will focus on everything you mentioned.

    This reply was to wrestling prodigy but the website had an error when I tried making a reply so I just made a message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazylaughboy View Post
    I think I can help out with this a lot as not only have I been to state, but I have placed as well. So I really know what it takes and the effort required.
    You said you have to wrestle up a lot, thats okay, being smaller isn't always bad. Work on speed, drill everymove to no end. Size isn't worth anything if you're to slow to catch on to any moves.
    Conditioning is obviously very important, without it you'll tire and lose. Not good. Work on all spans of conditioning you can, 100 meter sprints, intense long runs, long runs broken up with jump roping, push ups or any other combinations. Then of course live wrestling a lot. You won't just get better by doing the same moves though, you have to try new techniques. Even if it ends up with you getting beaten in practice, thats all it is, practice, so practice new moves.
    Ill assume you want to try to bulk up a little bit too if you are wrestling up that much, so lots of lifting with a strong diet. You'll need a lot of calories and I believe that you take the weight that you want to be at and times it by 13 and thats what you need. Ex. you wanna make it to 165, youll need at least 2145, but you gain weight, boost that up to maybe 2500-3500 depending. It needs to be good food too, no more Ho-Hos.
    Train hard too, every practice push until you feel like you cant do anymore, then do more. Go early and leave late. Last year and this year I would go over to the gym at 2 30 or 3 15 and stay until 6 00. Thats what it takes. Just know though that the saying ''the harder you work, the better youll be'' isnt always true. If you push too hard and get hurt, you wont have a chance to make it to state and you seem rather injury prone.
    Remember the mental game too though. You CANNOT dwell on a loss, it won't help. Know what you did wrong, never do it again. But the same goes for winning, be proud you won but you may need to remind yourself "hey, i won, but that doesnt mean anything now, no one cares, move on and train harder." At the state level, everyone has won big, and no one cares that you have.

    Just know that you need to work very hard this year and you cannot allow yourself to quit or get down.

    Best of luck.
    Thank you so much for your answer I really appreciate it.

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