Back-to-school items are showing up in stores, summer plans are winding down: you know what that means – wrestling season will soon be here. Hopefully, you’ve been keeping up with diet and exercise over the summer so that heading back into practice won’t be too much of a shock to your system. Here are some tips to get you back in the swing of things and ready for the next season.
Give Your Wrestling Gear a Onceover
Before you get back out on the mat, it’s a good idea to do a quick inspection of all your equipment to make sure it’s still in top shape. If you decide you need new wrestling shoes, you’ll want to purchase those right away to give yourself plenty of time to break them in during practice, so that you’ll be comfortable in them for the season’s matches. Similarly, make sure your wrestling singlet, gear bag, and headgear are still in appropriate condition for use this season.
Pay Attention to Your Eating Habits
Starving yourself is not healthy; yet we know there are wrestlers who do it all the time in order to get down to a lower weight class. This practice leaves you open to health issues and can seriously affect your performance on the mat too. Instead of going this drastic route, start preparing yourself now. If you’re heavier than you would prefer, make adjustments to your diet and cut out fatty foods. Make healthier eating choices, such as munching on vegetables for snacks and limiting your portions at meals. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids as well.
Ramp Up Your Exercise Regimen
If you haven’t been already, start doing some short sprints every day and add in a longer run 2 or 3 times a week. Build up slowly and don’t overdo it at first. Don’t forget to work on strength training as well, as the stronger wrestler nearly always has an advantage on the mat. It’s also extremely helpful if you can find a partner from your team who wants to start conditioning early as well. The two of you can work together to practice drilling to help your body get acclimated to wrestling techniques and moves again.
By following these suggestions, you’ll be more than ready for your first practice session when the season begins.