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We are big proponents of lifting weights to improve sports performance. Saying we are big proponents of lifting weights to improve performance is actually quite an understatement on our part. We’re actually HUGE proponents of lifting weights to improve sports performance. So, lift weights to improve sports performance....
The sport of wrestling is conducive to a wide range of body types, sizes and builds. There isn’t a composite of ideal human dimensions to be used to create the perfect human body type to be checkmarked off a dossier sheet to determine if a person will be more suited to be successful at wrestling.
Long and lanky people are successful at wrestling. Short and stocky people are successful at wrestling. You name it, there is a body type that has found success in the sport of wrestling....
Folkstyle, Greco-Roman or Freestyle wrestling strength coaches are constantly wondering how much strength, speed and endurance the wrestling athlete needs. Honestly, they need um. All. Strength. Speed. Endurance. On the mat, you can’t have one without the other. If one is lacking, the others are not operating at their full potential on the mat. That isn’t good. That’s a problem....
I rolled my eyes, this happens more than people realize. On a regular basis we get direct messages of athletes wanting to come train, they want to be full-time, hit their goals and become champions. And then they come to Garage Strength. They step into a world of absurd intensity and accountability. They engage with a culture like no other. Maybe they train once, possibly twice and then disappear, never to be seen or heard from again.
Over the last year, Kate Wehr has been bouncing between two different weight classes. After the new weight classes were established during the summer of 2018, Kate and I decided to try and drop down to 55k for the end of 2018 and for the competition year of 2019. She is an excellent lifter, she has made teams at the youth level, she has made the Junior World team, she has made tremendous strides in training even while working a job at Cracker Barrel and while going to college full-time.
It’s the sixth attempt, the meet is on the line, a two kilogram PR in the clean and jerk will capture the US National title. Deep down inside, the coach knows the athlete likely does not have the strength to hit this jerk. The coach believes the athlete can stand it up, but when they’re at the top, they may lose tension during the dip, collapse forward and drive the jerk forward. Confidence is low BUT the weight needs to be put on the bar to win that title!