My Three Favorite Back Exercises for Grapplers

The following are my three personal favorite exercises to strengthen and develop the back for grappling athletes. Let me make clear that these exercises are my favorite. This does not mean they are the only exercises I do for back. I utilize many different exercises for back (a full list of exercises will be at the end of the article), but of all of them, these are my favorites and why.

Pull Ups:

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The pull up is the king and staple of old school body weight wrestling training. Not only does is help establish grip strength (which is a crucial component of wrestling and jiujitsu), it requires you to be strong with your own bodyweight. This is very important when you are competing with other athletes who are competing at the same weight as you. The exercise is simple. Hang on the bar with both arms lock out, then pull yourself up until your chin rises above the bar. Then lower yourself ALL the way down. There’s one correct pull up. Pull ups help develop the lats which make up the major vertical pulling muscles in your back. I know what you’re thinking, “When am I ever going to do a pull up in competition?” How about a snap down in wrestling? Since last i checked there was no “snap down” machine at the gym, pull ups are the next best developer of the muscles used to pull things down, and or close into your body. You can add these at the end of your workout, or if you have a pull up bar set up in your home, every time you walk by you can bust out 5-10 pull ups.

Sample Pull Up Finisher:

5 sets of sub max reps (if you can do 10 max, only do 7-8)

Deadlifts:

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If the squat is the greatest strength building exercise, deadlifts come in a close second. Deadlifts assist in strengthening your posterior chain (the chain of muscles running from the base of your neck, down to the bottom of your hamstrings). A strong posterior chain, traditionally means a safe back. When you’re in your wrestling stance, or in constant flexion having someone in your guard, or being in someone’s guard, having a strong posterior chain will protect your back. Deadlifts are also a great measure of strength. For grappling athletes, if you can deadlift 2x your bodyweight, and your opponent can only deadlift 1.5x his bodyweight, you are superiorly stronger. With all the lifting, throwing, and tossing in wrestling, the deadlift will help you handle your opponents with ease all while still being able to protect your spine. Take folkstyle wrestling for example. Say you start on top in referee’s position and your opponent is quick to stand up. If you want to pick him up and return him back to the mat, you need to lift him off balance and off the ground. The deadlift in all variations is just that movement. The practice of picking up objects (barbells, DB’s KB’s, atlas stones, sandbags, etc.) off the ground.

Sample Deadlift Workout:

One of the easiest ways to incorporate deadlifts into your strength training is a simple, 5×5 set up. Starting at one day a week, do five sets of five reps for deadlift and try to make each rep with perfect form, slowly adding weight each week. This works with both sumo and conventional stance.

Bent Over Barbell Rows:

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I should preface this by saying, any horizontal rowing motion is a fantastic exercise for the back in regards to grappling. Although, if I had to choose one, it would be the bent over row. The bent over row not only focuses on strengthening the muscles of your back responsible for pulling things to you in a horizontal plane, but also requires you to stay tight and in good position. This activates the muscles of the lower back isometrically (staying in a static position), and works the rowing muscles of the upper back, both eccentrically (lowering of the weight) and concentrically (actually lifting of the weight). Bent over Rows can be used with barbells, dumbbells, kettle bells, sand bags, etc. You can ever do them on a elevated surface to let the weights down even lower to get a stretch in the muscles during the eccentric portion of the lift. Not only is this exercise for back development, but also helps eliminate imbalances in the back. I see a lot of people do a lot of vertical pulling (pull ups, lat pull downs, etc.), and not enough horizontal pulling exercises. Imbalances in the body lead to injury and time away from rolling.

Sample Bent Over Row Workout:
Superset:

Any Chest Exercise: 4×6-8

Bent Over DB Row: 4×6-8

This can be thrown in at the beginning of a chest and back workout.

You can also apply the 5×5 method to the bent over Row to focus more on developing strength in the mid and upper back.

Current List of Back Exercises I’m Using Right Now:

Pull Ups (Use many different grips)

Deadlifts (Conventional and Sumo stance)

Goodmornings

Bent Over Rows (DB, KB, and Barbell Variations)

Banded Reverse Hypers

GHR (Weighted and Bodyweight)

45 Degree Back Extensions (Weighted and Bodyweight)

Seated Rows

1 Arm DB Rows

RDLs (DB’s, KB’s & Barbell Variations)

Where I’ve Been & What’s Next?

     The website I was originally so eager to flood with content, has been dryer than the Sahara Desert. At the time of starting up the website, I had just started a new full time semester of college as well as balancing three different jobs. To say I was busy just as I was eager is an understatement. I do not want this to be an excuse for absence. Although the things I had to do quickly took up most of my time compared to the things I wanted to do.

     Tim Ferriss has stated several times that, “If you find yourself running out of time often, your priorities are not right.”  From August to the beginning of December, my priorities were not right. I was being pulled in to many directions, stretched across educational goals, relationship maintenance, and financial necessity. At the turn of the new year, I was able to get all the hours need to meet my monthly minimum at one occupation. Thank you, Jesus. Not only did this help me save on gas, but it made life much simpler.

    I do not intend for this post to be a concoction of stories about being stressed and fatigued. There are many people who are busier and more stressed than myself. I wanted to address that absence, and return to doing what I love doing. Lifting weights, and helping athletes be the best they can be through strength and conditioning.

     I cannot promise that the website will be the most up to date and the most educational and user friendly site on sport specific strength and conditioning out there, but I can promise a substantial effort to provide the best content I can as frequently as I can.

    So if you are reading this because of my Instagram post, thank you. Stay tuned. My personal workouts and training logs, client testimonials, nutritional advice and training programming is on its way.

    As far as what is next, I decided it was time to set new goals and pursue new experiences. What started my athletic career was the martial arts. I trained in the art of Bok Fu underneath, Dave Marinoble for four years, as well as Jujitsu under Marinoble for 3 years. When I began wrestling year long in high school, I was no longer training with Marinoble.

    After feeling the burn out of competitive high school wrestling and a over year long break from combative sports, I felt the itch to come back. The college I am at does not have a wrestling team, and I am not complaining. I wanted to get back to my first love. Jujitsu and Brazilian Jiujitsu.

    The first week of the year I returned to Marinobles and signed up for their grappling programs. This is now my current competitive venture. Upon signing up I realized I have four weeks to train and get ready for their annual winter season tournament on February 4th, 21017.

    After some changes to my current training program and schedule, I am ready to put the rubber to the road and prepare best I can for the tournament. Follow me and my daily workouts and updates on how training is going and what I am doing specifically to prepare. As of today, I am 24 days out, so in the words of Jocko Willink, it is time to GET AFTER IT.

Ladies 30 Minute Workouts (No equipment needed!)

Overview:

These workouts are not just for women, but really for anyone who is crunched for time and cant make it to the gym that day and needs a quick little something to get the blood moving. You can use these as a stepping stone to work up to some of the more advanced training programs, or if you’re a seasoned gym rat these are good for travel or if your in a time crunch. Each workout can be completed in about 30 minutes and do not require any extra equipment. It includes a warm up and full workout. Go through these work outs for about 3-4 weeks and then switch it up.

 

Day 1:

Warm Up:

2 Rounds:

1 min of slow air squats

1 min of lunges

1 min of sit ups

1 min of inchworms

 

Workout:

10 Rounds: (20 mins total)

1 min push ups

1 min plank hold

 

Day 2:

Warm up:

10 minute light jog

Workout:

20 rounds: 10 mins total

30 sec all out sprint/ 30 fast walk

Cool Down:

10 minute walk to shake the legs out.

Day 3:

3-5 Rounds:

25 crunches

10-15 V-ups

25 reverse crunches

30 seconds superman hold

Day 4:

Warm Up:

2 Rounds:

10 inchworms

20 lunge steps

30 air squats

20 lunge steps

10 inchworms

Workout: “21”

7 min: Max air squats

7 min: Max Push ups

7 min: Max Burpees

Cool down:

Spend about 5-10 minutes doing some stretching and mobility

Day 5:

3-5 Rounds:

30 bicycle crunches (60 total)

30 Roman Chairs

10-20 Straight  Leg Raises

30 Oblique Crunches each side

1 min Hollow Body Hold

 

Body Type Breakdown (PART 1)

Intro to Body Types:

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Each human being is largely different from the next. That is what makes us unique as well as fearfully and wonderfully made. Some people have taller and more slender frames, while others are more compact and short. There is no perfect body type. There are body types that are drawn towards certain activities (for instance taller people tend to play basketball), but none the less there are people who do not fit the traditional body type of an activity and can still be successful. Fortunately, exercise is beneficial to ALL body types and there are different ways to eat and train depending on your body type. A simple way to categorize different body types is to look at the fundamental different physical shapes. This is called somatotyping. There are three different somatotypes: ectomorph, mesomorph, and ectomorph.

Ectomorph:

This is the category that many basketball players, track athletes and swimmers are found in. An ectomorph is described in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding as such, “Characterized by a short upper body, long arms and legs, long and narrow feet and hands, and very little fat storage; narrowness of the chest and shoulders, with generally long, thin muscles.” (pg. 162) You’ll find many ectomorphs in sports like basketball, cross country, and swimming. Ectomorphs tend to have a harder time putting on quality muscle mass than losing fat. This can be a great attribute depending on the sport you are in. I am an ecto-mesomorph (we will get into cross overs later) and was not largely muscular when I wrestled, but I almost never had problem with weight cutting for wrestling due to the weight class I was in, and I did not have excess stores of fat to lose to stay in that weight class.

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Anderson “The Spider” Silva is a great example of an ectomorph. He has a short midsection and incredibly long arms and legs which definitely aide him in his advanced striking abilities. From a bodybuilding perspective, Frank Zane is one who has many of the traditional ectomorph tropes. He had a slender frame and long limbs, smaller joints and had a harder time with putting on muscle mass as opposed to other bodybuilders of that era.

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Mesomorph:

Mesomorphs have a more traditional “athletic build”. They have thicker and denser muscle structure than an ectomorph, and tend to store less fat than the last category, an endomorph. In Arnold’s Encyclopedia, his description of a mesomorph is, “Large chest, long torso, solid muscle structure and great strength.” (pg. 162) You can find mesomorphs in a wide variety of disciplines, as they can at times be more adaptable to whatever sport they are participating in.

Former UFC welterweight champion of the world, Georges St. Pierre embodies a traditional mesomorph. He has a great amount of muscle development as well as a low percentage of body fat. He is only 5’10” and fights at 170 which is allows him to be one of the strongest welterweights in the world, and is regarded as the best athlete in the UFC.

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Another classic mesomorph type is Lu Xiaojun. Lu is one of the best weightlifters in the world boasting a world record snatch at 177kg (390lbs) and competes at the same weight as GSP, 170lbs. His long torso and short limbs creates a perfect template for a weightlifter. His torso length helps support the tremendous amount of weight he is lifting in a nearly vertical position that is perfect for his short and powerful legs to drive up out of the whole.

Mesomorphs can more easily be identified by the sports they are not in. Such as basketball. Traditionally you won’t find many mesomorphs in basketball because they simply are not tall enough to successfully handle the ball amongst so many tall ectomorphs. Same logic applies with strongman. A mesomorph can definitely compete in strongman, but at the highest level and on the biggest stage such as the Arnold Classic and The World’s Strongest Man competitions the field is dominated by endomorphs.

Endomorphs:

An endomorph is a body type that many couple with the word “stocky”. This is not to be taken as a negative connotation with overweight. You can find endomorphs in the upper weight classes of combat sports, weightlifting, and powerlifting. Again referring to the definition in Arnold’s Encyclopedia, endomorphs have, “… soft musculature, round face, short neck, wide hips, and heavy fat storage.” (pg. 162)

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Brock Lesnar is a perfect example of an endomorph. He has an incredible amount of muscle, although it is not as hard or dense as someone like Lu Xiaojun or GSP’s. He has a short and sturdy neck, in addition to large hips. His large hips generate an insane amount of power that helped him double leg all the competition in the NCAA wrestling tournament, WWE, and UFC. He embodies what would be a “stocky” guy. As mentioned earlier, this is not a bad thing. His size and weight is used to his advantage.

Former Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler, is another classic endomorph. He used his larger joint structure and thicker frame to his advantage in creating a physique that displayed sheer mass and size. His endomorphic characteristics dwarfed some of the other ectomorph and even mesomorphic opponents. Body type isn’t the only part that counts in bodybuilding, but knowing your body type and how to train properly based on that body type can go a long way.

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Like I mentioned earlier, people come in all shapes and sizes. More likely than not, people are a mix of two categories. They can have very endomorphic characteristics and serious diet and exercise, can look mesomorphic. I am an ecto-mesomorph which means I have good muscle structure and low body fat. It is really hard for me to gain weight because of these characteristics. In part two we will discuss how these different need different diets training programs depending on the goal of the individuals. Knowing you’re body type is important to ensuring you have a program that compliments your body type and your goals well.

 

Stay tuned for Part Two next week.

Stretching, Flexing and Posing During Workouts

Many times when I am looking for some sort of new edge or flair to spice up my training I routinely look to the great bodybuilders of the 70’s, Golden Era of Bodybuilding. Bodybuilders like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbu, Frank Zane, Ed Corney and Lou Ferrigno. They had some of the most amazing physiques and really put bodybuilding on the map. Their amazing intensity and grueling workouts were caught in the documentary “Pumping Iron” (1977) which gave the public an insider look into this fringe sport.

The training techniques of the Golden Era, have been slowly being replaced with the newest and flashiest of supplements and TV ad exercise machines. When I feel my training is beginning to grow a little stale, I will often pop open Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding (1985) and it never fails to show me a new side of training.

Recently, I have discovered the implementation of stretching, flexing and posing between sets of your workout. For example, when you train back, performing some sort of stretch for your lats after each set of pull downs and holding a double bicep pose. That is just one example.

I had skimmed over this technique in Arnold’s book before and never gave it much consideration (something I wish I did in prepping for the 2016 Tahoe Show). It wasn’t until I really began to study Frank Zane and his training techniques that I applied it to my own training. In the article, “The Growth Program, Then and Now – Frank Zane” from his website (www.frankzane.com), Zane discusses his program for growth when training for the Mr. Olympia contest.

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Just to give a little more credit to his name, Zane is one of only three men to have beaten Arnold at the Olympia contest and also holds three Olympia titles of his own! Zane discusses his stretching techniques in saying, “I’d do plenty of stretching with the two-arm lat stretch between sets and take my time before venturing into the next set. My upper back, traps, and spinal erectors got much thicker doing this and my back got wider.” The stretching between sets helps lengthen the muscles, which aids in getting a full contraction for each rep. Fuller contraction for more reps, compounds into better quality sets for more workouts.

Arnold in his encyclopedia, mentions how stretching, specifically the lats can help create a longer sweep of the lats that tie very low into the waistline. When muscles are contracting against accommodating resistance, in this case weight training, muscles can get tight and short. When they tighten up or tacked down, the muscles cannot contract fully and aren’t using the maximum amount of muscle fibers possible. This is why it is common practice to stretch before and after your work out. This pre workout stretching helps prepare the muscles to be used to the best of their ability, while post workout stretching aides in keeping the muscles from cramping up once you are done exercising. Stretching during your workout will assist your muscles to lengthen and grow in size.

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Here are starting points for stretching between sets in your workout:

  • When stretching between sets, stretch the muscles for 15-30 seconds (per advice from Frank Zane. More information is in the article mentioned above).
  • Keep the mind-muscle connection not only in the contraction, but also in the stretching. Making sure to let the muscles “breathe”. This mind-muscle connection gives you a better feel, and greater control of the muscle.
  • Do not forget to breathe! When doing any kind of stretching, breathe through your nose deep into your diaphragm, and exhale through your mouth slowly. It seems like it would be simple to just breathe, but many times people are breathing incorrectly. Some common breathing faults are breathing shallow into your chest, and breathing too fast and too short. Take long deep breathes, keeping it slow and controlled.

 

One thing I did take from Arnold’s book in my prep for the 2016 Tahoe Show, was flexing and posing between sets. Arnold explains in his book how posing is such a crucial part to competition and successful competitors have all mastered the art and delicacy of posing on stage. Not only is posing crucial to competition, but it can also be a great body weight workout. In his book he mentions how, “… posing and flexing your [muscles] in order to gain full control over the muscles needed to show [them] effectively in competition.” Now for someone who is not looking to dawn the posing trunks and compete, posing and flexing between sets can still be beneficial to your workout.

Although you can train your muscles with weights in an incredibly detailed manner, you still will not be able refine each singular muscle. Training and working out primarily hits the bigger muscles and muscle groups. Muscles like the pec major, latissimus dorsi, glutes, etc. Some of those smaller and more detailed muscles like the serratus and obliques can be carved out more dramatically through posing. When Arnold would train for the Olympia, he would practice his posing for up to four hours a day!

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Arnold describes the benefit of posing as such, “A basic physique is developed by training, but posing adds sharpness and quality… A bodybuilder who trains, but never poses is like an uncut diamond—the quality is there potentially, but it cannot be seen.”

 

When training for the 2016 Tahoe Show, about 5-6 weeks out, I would flex and pose between each set. For example, when I was training chest and back, I would do a most muscular pose and flex as hard as I possibly could for 20-30 seconds, and then do a back double bicep pose or mimic the peak of a seated row movement for another 20-30 seconds. Doing this after every set helped me not only get a way better pump, but also learn how to have better control of my muscles. This posing was a huge help in developing muscular endurance and muscle control. I wish I had been doing this sort of training during the full 18 weeks of prep and not just last five. You live and learn, right?

I hope you find these little morsels from the past to be beneficial in your training. I know that as soon as I began incorporating these techniques into my workouts, the quality of my workouts immediately improved and after a few weeks of consistent posing and flexing, I am seeing some amazing progress. I hope it’s the same for you guys.

Training Update: 9/8/16

Date: 9/8/16Wake time, total hours of sleep: 4:15, 7 hours of sleep

Morning Weight: 158.4

Pre workout & Intraworkout: Pre workout: BPI Vortex 3g/ Intraworkout: 5g creatine, 7g BCAA

Workout Overview: Big 3: Squat, Bench, Deadlift, w/ accessory work. Abs @ night. 

Meal #1: Turkey, Madra’s Lentil Soup, nuts

Snacks: Protein shake with whole milk and heavy whipping cream

Meal #2: Steak, bell pepper, nuts & another protein shake with whole milk and heavy whipping cream

Carb Spike: Banana, almond butter, and milk

Reflection: Weight is slowly but surely getting up there. 

Training Log: 9/7/16

Date: 9/7/16Wake time, total hours of sleep: 4:15, 7 hours of sleep

Morning Weight: 157.2

Pre workout & Intraworkout: Pre workout: BPI Vortex 3g/ Intraworkout: 5g creatine, 7g BCAA

Workout Overview: Front Squat Box Squats, Chest and Back. Abs @ night

Meal #1: Steak, bell pepper, nuts

Snacks: Protein shake with whole milk and heavy whipping cream

Meal #2: Eggs, turkey bacon, nuts

Carb Spike: Banana, almond butter

Reflection: Good day of training. Incorporate stretching specific muscles between sets. Will post an article regarding stretching in your workout on Wednesday, 9/14/16

Post Tahoe Show 2016 Reflection

It’s been nearly two weeks since I stepped off the stage in Lake Tahoe, NV. With the show being a thing of the past, I can now take a step back and analyze the amazing and refreshing experience.

Friday:

As we were driving up to Lake Tahoe, NV I spent my time in the car to relax and not let my nerves act up. Once we got there we checked into the hotel and realized I forgot my NPC card at home (my mistake).

After scrambling with the computer in the business center of the hotel to print it out, I left to head to the male athlete briefing and registration. As soon as I walked in the door I was immediately thinking back to those classic scenes of “Pumping Iron” where enormous (at least from my point of view) muscle bound artists walk around with their Tupperware and chicken breast.

I still kept my 14-16 hour fast period, and added in carbs in the form of vegetables after spending the last 6 days with completely no carbs. I will say my body felt a lot better with the addition of carbs.

I tend to get nervous before competition and I could feel my stomach crawling up my esophagus. Even when I was filling out the liability form, my hand writing went to crap due to some slight shakes.

Once I was chilled out and registered and going back up to the room for some chicken, it was time to get my tan. I will just say I did not expect to look like Robert Downey Jr. In “Tropic Thunder”. It was pretty comical to have such a starkly different skin tone in 20 minutes.

After my tan I realized that my big sweats would help keep the tan off everything I touched, but the short sleeve shirt would not. 30 bucks later I had a big long sleeve shirt which would help prevent any smearing and getting orange on everything.

The last meal of the day included a banana, and several spoon fills of almond butter. Not so much that I had a overly full stomach, but just enough to fill me up. My water in the morning till lunch time was normal, after lunch I just cut my normal water intake by half. The end of the evening concluded rest and lots of sleep.

Saturday Morning:

After a less than decent night’s sleep, it was time to start the carb up process. The carb up process is a tactic a lot of body builders use to fill their muscles with glycogen which in turn will give them a more fuller look.

The carb up process consisted of 10 Oreos right when I woke up and 10 more about an hour before I went on stage for prejudging. While I was waiting during prejudging I had some more chicken and a bell pepper to stay fueled and ready to pose.

The ladies went first, each striving to display figure as well as finesse followed by the men to show physique and power. I decided to go back stage several classes before mine to prepare and pump up. Little did I know that when i got back stage a loud female voice yelled, “We’re skipping intermission! Men’s Physique you’re up next!” My heart raced and I was freaking out. I quickly changed into my posing trunks and grabbed my band trying to pump up as quickly as possible with out getting out of breath. Thankfully the rest of the competition was in the same frenzy as I. When the super heavyweight bodybuilders filed off stage, I was filed in line behind the curtain praying that I would just hit my first pose smoothly with any noticeable rookie mistakes.

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I said a short prayer before I walked out and turned on the “x” made in masking tape to proceed to the next “x” in front of the judges. I hit my front pose, and nerves disappeared. On to my back pose, then to my second front pose, and off to the side. I maintained composure and the best posing i could while the other competitors displayed their physique before the judges.

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The time for first call outs came and my heart was relieved and thoroughly excited when they said they wanted to see me, #223. I went out for comparisons and when the judges said we could exit the stage, I knew I was hooked. All the workouts, early mornings, skipped cheat meals, and going to bed early paid off in an amazing experience which I am thirsty to have again.

Saturday Evening: The Night Show

After spending time with my family as well as my girlfriend and her family, it was time to return to the hotel for the night show. Things were moving along quickly. Competitors would come out, hit one pose, receive their medals and then file off to enjoy the donuts provided by the promoter backstage. Now it was time for the physique competitors and bodybuilders to all perform their posing routine… After probably 30 routines deep I was ready to leave. I was hungry, anxious, and wanting the anticipation to be over. It reminded me of what is was like to have one more wrestling match for the tournament and having to wait sometimes an hour and 45 minutes before you step onto the mat. The anticipation for the big hurrah sometimes can be mind numbing and progressively lethal.

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After upwards of 30 more posing routines, I went back stage to pump up. Properly this time. I grabbed my band, tucked my self in a corning dodging more neon workout bands, and dumbbells. The wait seemed like forever for my class to be called, but in due time it was finally called for. I was back behind the same curtain I was during the morning prejudging. This time the nerves were gone and I could distinctly hear the crowd and the music. The facilitator in back told me i was good to go and I walked and turned on that first “X”. It was at that moment I knew I was hooked and already wanted to start training for another show. I took third place in my class, and was so thankful for that awesome experience. The support from all my friends and family was such a huge part of that experience. People to wait out the long prejudging night show and travel with me was something incredibly special, so thank you Mom, Dad, Rilee, Caleb, Burke, and Angel.

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I know i have a lot to work on, but I am so incredibly excited to build up those weaknesses and step on stage again. Training for next year begins now.

Personal Training Update: 9/5/16

Date: 9/5/16Wake time, total hours of sleep: 4:15 am/ 7 hours 

Morning Weight: 159.4

Pre workout & Intraworkout: BPI Vortext: 3g/ 5g Creatine, 7g BCAA

Workout Overview: Big 3 Training (Squat, Bench, Deadlift) + Extra back strength work

Meal #1: Chicken, Madra’s Lentil Soup, Almonds

Snacks: Protein shake

Meal #2: Chicken, 1 bell pepper, mixed nuts

Carb Spike: 1/2 banana, strawberries, peanut butter and milk

Reflection: Good day of training, good day of diet. Probably could have had another shake somewhere today just for the extra calories. 

  

  

  

Preseason Wrestling Conditioning Workouts (2.0)

This is a 4 week trainer. You will perform these workouts for 4 weeks and then change up the workouts to keep the body guessing.

 

Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday:
a. Zercher Squat: Heavy set of 3 a. 3 rounds: 2 min rest b/w rounds. Try to beat your score each round. a. Recovery a. KB/DB Front Squat: 3×8
b. Superset 6 min AMRAP 20-30 mins of light cardio work. Run, Rower, Bike, etc. b. 1 arm KB/DB Strict Press: 3×5
c. Superset: Min. 1: Max squat jumps c. Superset:
Rear Leg Elevated Split Squat: 3×10-12 reps each leg Min. 2: Max DB Clean & Press (light weight, go for reps) Rope Climbs/Towel Pull Ups: 3×2-4 ascents/3×12-15
Box Jumps: 3×8 Min 3: Max Handstand Push Ups or Push Ups Man Makers: 3×10
d. Superset: Min. 4: Max Overhead Plate Hold Lunge Steps or Jumping Lunges d. Superset:
Glute Bridges/GHR: 4×10-20 reps Min. 5: Max Pull Ups Pick 1 Bicep exercise: 4×20
Toes to Bar: 4×10-20 reps Min. 6: Max Burpees Pick 1 Tricep Exercise: 4×20
f. 400m lunges
Friday: Saturday: Sunday: (optional)
a. Sled Sprints or Row: “Angie” a. Mobility
10 Rounds: 1:1 Work/Rest Ratio For time: b. Abs.
100 Pull Ups c. Light cardio
100 Push Ups
100 Sit Ups
100 Air Squats