Big, are you still lifting weights?
Wrestling or other training?
Yes, I am still doing everything but wrestling.
Are you working toward any new lifting records, or just keeping up your strength?
I hurt something in my left shoulder (not sure what) and it hasn't healed in a couple of months, so I can't do the overhead lifts, and can't even do regular pushups. So I've had to resort to doing the bench press (which I found I can do, albeit with a narrow grip), to keep my upper body strength up.
Yeah, 2 months is nothing. Shoulders can take 6 months to heal.
Its weird, my back for example gets stronger easily but my chest does not. When I lost weight for NYAC tourney I got really weak. I am trying to get my chest strength back to the level it was before.
I think I can still get much stronger but again I have to have proper rest and stuff.
I am not good at losing weight and never was. Its much harder now that I have to travel for 2 hours each way to find partners if I want to wrestle.
I've never had a serious shoulder problems before. I don't think this is serious either, just annoying because I can't do certain things. I imagine something like a rotator cuff tear, even minor, would hurt a great deal.
My back and shoulders have always responded well to weight training. Legs are far and away my weak spot.
I'm sure you probably know this but, for weight training, weight gain = strength gain so, yeah, if you had to lose any significant amount of weight it's quite normal that you would experience a loss in strength.
Who knows, if Nature has in store for me to do well in wrestling in the future I might just do that. I am taking it one day at a time. A HWT can wrestle well into his 30s if he wants.
Your shoulder most likely is nothing serious. Just stay away from painful exercises/motions and you might be back in top form before you know it.
Yeah, I was reading Baumgartner's bio the other night. He had a phenomenal number of medals over a very long wrestling career. Without looking it up, it seems Tolly T. has been wrestling for at least a decade after college. And of course there was Karelin.
Why do you think there are fewer heavyweights who wrestle? Is it just a football thing or is there something else about it that big bodies just don't like (and I'm not talking about appearing in a singlet)?
One thing is the weight limit. People that weigh 300 pounds don't want to constantly lose 30 pounds. I know smaller guys do it all the time but big guys are not as efficient doing so much running and stuff. Big guys like to lift weights and you can't lose much weight by lifting. Another thing is most big guys that don't play football or do UFC, do physical work like construction that doesn't leave them much energy to train.
Pretty much it doesn't pay the bills in America.
Of course, American football takes most of HWTs away from wrestling. If you are a big guy in America by the time you are 16 years old, why not try football and make millions?
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