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A wrestler knows that everyone trains hard during the wrestling season.  So no matter how hard you work from November to March the improvements you can make compared to your top opponents are limited. If you are dedicated you will not stop learning and training when the season ends.  The time to close the gap between you and your opponents and to maximize your ability to reach your fullest potential is off season.  Off season training is a necessity to improve wrestling skills.  

A wrestler should be looking to continually improve skills, muscle tone, and cardiovascular endurance. These objectives can be accomplished through summer wrestling clinics, post season wrestling tournaments, participating in Spring/Fall sports and/or running as well as weight training.

Wrestling Clinics and Tournaments:

This is the best way to improve skills and to gain experience.  It is important to seek out and join a well coached wrestling club. Join a club that stresses conditioning as well as skills.  The last thing that you want is an injury during off season.

Post season is a time to perfect moves, attempt new moves, and to evaluate performance on a regular basis.  Remember that your goal in the off season is to improve your skills for the wrestling season.

A good number of tournaments to compete in during post season is five.  You do not want the wrestler to burn out.  In addition, you should wrestle at a weight where you do not have to be concerned with weight reduction for post-season.

Spring/Fall Sports

A great Spring sport to help wrestlers with cardiovascular endurance is competing in track and field long distance events.  While in the Fall, both cross-country and soccer will help improve his/her cardio.   

Running

A wrestler should consider adding running to his/her schedule during off season if they are not participating in another sport.  They should alternate their running with weightlifting. For instance lift on Monday, Wednesday and Friday  and run on Tuesday and Thursday.  Saturday and Sunday would be time to rest. 

It is important to stretch before running, run when in the morning or evening when it is cooler, drink water and always walk for at least 10 minutes after the run to cool down.