5 Wrestling Cage Exercises
What are the 5 wrestling cage exercises that'll help you the most during a match? More than anything, wrestling is a sport of technique and endurance. Wrestling cage matches are special setups because of the fact that you can't just get away. Nope. In a wrestling cage match, you're locked down until either you or your opponents loses. So, because of this, the best wrestling cage match exercises need to promote endurance, quickness, and muscle building. And remember, a wrestling cage match isn't like the tournaments you were in during your high school career. That grappling and flipping stuff really won't cut it. Submission holds, however, will be a great tool in a wrestling cage match. Well, here they are. Here are the five best exercises for wrestling cage matches.
- Up your endurance. Getting winded is the quickest way to end up a wrestling cage pretzel. You have to build up your endurance. Riding the stationary bike is probably the best way to build your endurance. Riding the bike tests how long you can use your muscles at a given rate for a given amount of time. Get your butt on the bike. Jogging helps as well too. Endurance exercises help to build your cardio vascular health, which, will help you in the ring.
- Push ups. Yes, push ups. You hated to do them in gym class, but push ups help to build your upper body. Building up your upper body is something you'll need to do if you plan on surviving a wrestling cage match. It's not enough to be able to outrun your opponent. Simply because, you can't run anywhere. Eventually you're going to have to match up to him. So build up your upper body with a boat load of push ups. Pushups work your arms, and chest. They even help your upper back muscles too.
- Sit ups and oblique work outs. Wrestlers don't have weak cores. Doing sit ups and oblique workouts will help to strengthen your core. A strong core helps to support your strong arms and legs. A soft core most certainly means you'll get creamed in a wrestling cage match. Look at it this way. A strong core ties into building your arms, your endurance, and your legs for that matter. Your core is your foundation. Without it, you have nothing. So build you core with sit ups, and oblique exercises.
- Strengthen your back. Your back will be strengthen secondarily through the other exercises on this list. But, it doesn't hurt to do some back isolating exercises as well. Wide gripped pull ups help to strengthen your upper back. A simple deadlift can help to develop power in your lower back. To do a dead lift put a weight in front of you. Lean over and grip it with both hands, while keeping your legs pretty straight. Lift and straighten your back until you're standing erect. Wash, rinse, repeat.
- Squats. You knew these would be on this list somewhere. Powerful legs are a must in a wrestling cage match. You may have to push your opponent off of you. Or, more importantly, you may have to push your opponent into the cage, or the ground, or even have the strength to pin them. Well, you need strong legs to do these things. Squats are the best way to build your legs up.