So you have decided that wrestling is the sport you would like to participate in. This is great news! Wrestling is great for improving self-esteem, discipline, and poise. What should your next steps be? Let us help with some suggestions for training.
- Start by focusing on athleticism and gymnastics. Wrestlers need to have an extensive understanding of fitness and flexibility. Learning basic gymnastics moves will serve to benefit wrestlers in the long run by giving them more control over their own bodies. Practice bear crawls, backward rolls, and somersaults to get in shape.
- Emphasize mental focus and acuity. Wrestlers need to be very strong not only physically but also mentally. A new wrestler will need to be confident in practice and during matches. You need to have high self-esteem as well as respect for others.
- Begin with the basic moves. Offense is so important, and the first couple of moves a new wrestler should know are the single- and double-leg takedown.
- Learn to remain calm and don’t let your emotions get the better of you. You’ll always need to be cool and collected to be successful on the mat. Getting hotheaded won’t serve any wrestler, especially not one new to the sport.
- Stay one step ahead of the game. Prepare yourself and know what your next move will be before you do it. Don’t make your strategy all reactive; you want to be on the offense rather than defense as much as possible.
- Don’t expect perfection from the beginning. No one is a perfect wrestler right away, so be prepared to make mistakes and learn from them. Continue to work on your technique and eventually you’ll see the results.
- Get the gear you need. Part of wrestling is showing up prepared. You’ll need to have an appropriate singlet, wrestling shoes, and wrestling headgear to show proper respect for your sport.
- Work on eating healthily. Good nutrition is essential for intense athletics like wrestling, not only for weight class placement but also for strength and endurance.
- Always practice! The most important thing for improvement in anything is to keep at it. Work on moves, strength training, and conditioning to see constant positive changes in your performance.
Follow these tips as a new wrestler and you’ll be well on your way to a great first season!