Let's see how many wrestlers can rack up some points this week.
MUSCLE MONDAY 11/30
worth 2 takedown points
Work on full motions
Variations for beginners: have an adult help the athlete(s) get the correct form down- focus more on trying each exercise to get the moves down. Pause the video to get at least 15 of each one done.
Do you love Sally?? We do!
https://youtu.be/41N6bKO-NVI How long can you last??
Variations for beginners: Option 1: do the pushups on your knees. Option 2: Instead of push ups, do as planks. Elbow plank in down position and transition to straight arm plank. Sally is not a race, the song is long, see how long the wrestlers can go. We will repeat this video periodically.
Congratulations to all the participants this week. We added pins to those who completed all 5 days. We will continue to do this every week. We will also start adding in variations for our athlete groups (beginner and intermediate).
FLEXIBLE FRIDAY 11/27
worth 2 reversal points
The focus for today is slow and easy, controlled breathing, and NOT pushing the stretches too far.
If you are limited in space, do these exercises in place.
Further explanation of the exercises in the 2nd video:
RDL Exercise: This RDL exercise is a body control exercise that helps wrestlers increase balance and flexibility in the hamstrings and glutes. The RDL exercise is to be done nice and slow in order to control the body while touching the floor. During this exercise, the body moves similar to a teeter-totter. Wrestlers must be sure to keep their weight centered so that their weight does not shift onto their hands when the leg reaches maximal height on the backside.
Caterpillar Exercise: This is a Caterpillar with a twist. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Bend at the waist until fingertips reach the floor and walk the hands out to a comfortable position where the back is flat. When the wrestler reaches this position he then must challenge his core strength by walking his hands above his head. As the hands reach max distance above the head the wrestler should then begin walking his feet back into the hands.
Over the Fence Under the Fence Exercise: This exercise will warm up the hips and glutes. Wrestlers will stand sideways and lift their lead leg high, lower it, and then drop in the hips and shift their weight underneath an imaginary object. The wrestler must drop in the butt, not in the chest. When the wrestler sinks his hips he will stretch his lower half. Hip flexibility is a major problem with young wrestlers and this drill is a great way to help increase hip flexibility.
High Knees: This is a simple exercise where the wrestler will begin driving the knees up in a running motion while keeping the body as upright as possible. The key is to drive the knees up repeatedly as many times as possible, also, notice the arm action.
Karaoke Dynamic Warm-Up Exercise: Begin this warm-up standing sideways. The back leg will drive up across the body and the legs will weave back and forth as the wrestler moves laterally. If the wrestler is going to the left he will be driving his right knee up every time it comes to the front half of the lateral shuffle. This exercise is great for teaching athletes to move laterally rather than linearly.
Push-Up Walkers Exercise: The key to this exercise is staggering the hands and the feet. Make sure to stay low. Wrestlers must be strong in a 4 point position and must be able to explode up, spin around in circles, and grapple with their opponent on all fours. Get in a push-up position with hands in a fist or flat. Wrestlers will place one foot staggered out in front of the other so that the wrestler will be able to crawl forward. Each wrestler must stay on the balls of his feet to develop power from the 4 point position The sequence is push up, crawl, and push up crawl while alternating the staggered foot to gain ground. Wrestlers should stay on the balls of their feet. As the wrestler completes a push-up, maintain a flat back with butt low and shift through hips leading with the opposite leg and arm.
THROWBACK THURSDAY 11/26
worth 1 escape point
The concept for throwback Thursdays is for wrestlers to watch film. We may post an awesome match or an inspirational video, but it’s another way to get the vocabulary of the sport into their everyday life. Encourage discussion with your wrestler, talk about what is going on, what can they learn from what they are watching.
Jordan Burroughs vs David Taylor 2014
Kyle Dake Workout Inspiration
TECHNIQUE TUESDAY 11/24
worth 3 back points
Athletes should warm up with 3 reps of 15 jumping jacks and 30 seconds of running in place, butt kickers, and high knees
Working on proper stance, being quick, and powerful. EXPLOSIVE SHOTS!
Parents of new wrestlers wanting to learn more about the sport
worth 2 takedown points
BEGINNERS: 1-2 sets of each
INTERMEDIATE: 3 sets of each, resting 60-90 seconds per set.
ADVANCED: perform as a circuit, 1 set of each exercise with no rest. Complete 3-5 rounds.
•Split Squats - 5-10 per leg
•Squats - 10-20
•Lateral Lunges - 5-8 per side
•Glute Bridge - 25 (or 10 single legs each side)
•Elevated Push Up - 10
•Push Up - 10
•Cat Planche - 5-10 saws or 10sec hold
•Plank - 20-30 seconds
•Side Plank - 10-20 sec per side
The fear we all had since last spring came to greet us today. The Governor has put a pause on all winter sports until December 18th. We sincerely hope that this is just a precaution and truly just another delay in the sport season and not a longer postponement.
In light of these news, the Cyclones wrestling club has decided to keep kids active by posting daily workouts until we can start meeting for practices again. Check out these posts, the Saint James Cyclone Facebook page, and the Heja app for those daily activities that your wrestler(s) can be engaged in.
We are thankful that we can continue to keep in contact with our athletes, even if it is in a digital manner.
The weather finally cooperated with us and we were able to hold our FIRST ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL and wrestling season signup. All preparations were made with the help of so many parents, club and school volunteers. We had a great turnout of athletes and families who got their wrestling information about the upcoming season, participated in the obstacle course, had cupcakes, other snacks, and hot chocolate, and ended the day with a hay ride around the neighborhood.
With COVID being a part of our lives, we had to make sure everyone wore masks, and socially distanced, and everyone that helped run the event, and everyone that come did a great job at complying with those requests. We can't wait to see what our new season brings and to see how wrestlers grow with the sport.