Integrating strength and conditioning in your session (and how you might be missing the most overlooked piece of the puzzle)

Let me tell you a story behind my nickname.

My first year wrestling at Iowa, after getting my butt kicked as a freshman a few times, Coach Gable and I were lifting in the weight room. I’m over there hitting some weights, doing what I had to do, and he comes around the corner chanting at me.  “Weber grill, Weber grill… turn the heat up!” 

What he meant – stop slacking and push harder. 

Despite the obvious dad-joke nature, it stuck. It worked to light a fire in me, and it became a sort of identity. The nickname was synonymous with this never-say-die kid who was going to grind their opponent to the floor every match. But before I got there, I had to do so in training.

If you’ve ever found creative ways to build mental toughness…

Or you’re simply looking to put some more muscle on your athletes….

Then you have to listen to this episode on strength and conditioning. In the final installment of the Anatomy of a Perfect Practice Plan, Attack Style Wrestling podcast covers getting your athletes to their physical and mental peak. You’ll learn how to balance conditioning intensity with duration, where to fit strength and conditioning in to a busy schedule, and how to value your cool-down time. By the end of this episode, you’ll leave with a better method to design strength and conditioning for all levels of wrestling.

Check out the episode below:

Here’s what else is in today’s episode: 

4:20 – Learn how to fit strength and conditioning in to packed school schedules – without wasting precious practice time

6:08 – The very best tool to use for conditioning 

7:00 – When a minute isn’t a minute – using conditioning to enhance focus

9:01 – How to design your week to peak for competition

10:34 – Lying as an invaluable teaching tool to build mental toughness 

12:40 – Your athletes can’t wrestled injured, so here’s how to prevent it

13:19 – The other secret benefit of a cool-down (it might surprise you)

15:10 – How to make your team feel invincible

16:07 – Use this one piece of practice to address any issues off the mat 

20:07 – A minute-by-minute breakdown of your ideal practice

To hear the full episode, click below:

Stay strong, 

Coach Weber

PS – Remember, as the final installment of the Anatomy of Building a Perfect Practice plan, this episode sums up everything coaches need to know about preparing your athletes for battle – from building physical prowess to crafting mental and emotional fortitude.