College wrestlers train several times a week, year-round, to develop significant strength and conditioning degrees. A day-to-day dedication of a number of hours could be required for in-season training and practicing. ‘Despite the fact that you are on the mat for three-minute durations, it’s one of the most extreme activities you’ll ever do,’ Josh Eidson, assistant strength and conditioning coach at Indiana College, told ‘Stack Magazine’ in 2009. ‘Well-conditioned athletes are going to have a much better opportunity to reach their athletic capacity.’
Before taking the head-coaching task at the University of Oklahoma in 2011, Mark Cody developed a national title contender at American College. His wrestlers did it by training continuously. ‘They exercise year-round,’ Cody stated during an interview with Flowrestling at the NCAA Tournament. ‘They’re year-round people. They’re really committed. You commit in your way of life outside the fumbling space.’
The commitment needed to battle at the college level is illustrated at Indiana College, where Eidson had his wrestlers run 4 miles four times a week during the summer season– in addition to their routine strength work in the weight room. He tested their fitness levels at the beginning of the academic year with two regular interval-running drills to help determine their speed-endurance program.
At the College of Wyoming, wrestlers have worked in the weight room during the morning and in the wrestling space in the afternoon. ‘Drilling appropriate strategy on a consistent basis will ingrain sport-specific motor patterns into a wrestler’s muscle memory, causing him to be more efficient in movement,’ Robert Hartman, the school’s strength and conditioning coach, mentioned to ‘Stack Magazine’ in 2009. ‘Improving dexterity advantages a wrestler from the neutral or takedown position– offensively and defensively– when quick movements are most frequently utilized.’
In addition to exercising sparring and strategy, college wrestlers build strength with resistance and plyometric training and conditioning with interval running. ‘In the weight room, we perform hang cleans and plyometric box jumps,’ Old Dominion coach Mike Dixon informed ‘Stack Magazine’ in 2009. ‘For conditioning, we utilize brief sprints that highlight modifications in speed. To leave the bottom position, our main emphasis is getting wrestlers accustomed to altering speeds and rapidly moving gears.’