By: John Clarke
Speed, strength, and agility are the key elements for success in performance and weight loss in wrestling. Drilling is an anaerobic exercise that triggers your metabolism and burns more fat. The gains are peak performance for short time frames. Once we pass 2 minute we start to tap into our aerobic conditioning.
The use of fast twitch muscles expend a lot more energy and hence burn calories faster. In training for a wrestling match or fight, one has to build both components and aerobic activities such as running, swimming, and cycling are encouraged to supplement your drilling.
As a high school wrestling coach, it was always a policy of mine to work drills in practice with sprinting being our only need for running shoes. We encouraged our wrestlers to run on their own at night and would on occasion do an impromptu jog for three miles to see who wasn’t doing their road work.
This also works in self- defense/ reality fighting because of the huge adrenaline dump and the ability of your body to recover for the next burst of energy that may be needed.
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