Think about the last time you heard a really great musician. Do you think that they were able to develop their musical ability by practicing a few months out of the year? Do you think that they would take breaks from practicing for months at a time? Or do you think that they dedicated a large part of their life to honing their skills to perfection, with an obsession to be the very best at their craft?
I tend to believe that most people who are excellent at what they do have developed that skill on purpose through countless hours of practice and repetition. They have a specific plan or strategy in place on how to improve. They know what they want, why they want it, and the steps that they are going to take to get what they want. The process they follow is what sets them apart from the rest of their peers.
This process is the same in wrestling. It is imperative to know what you want, why you want it, and you need to have a plan to get where you want to go. For the very successful wrestler, there is no off season.
The wrestlers who consistently win are the ones that spend more time training and competing than their peers do. Most of the kids that win national tournaments are the ones that wrestle in the spring, summer, and fall, and not just in the state tournament at the end of the winter. The wrestlers who consistently win are the ones who don’t really have an off season.
Sure there are different times of the year when there will be more competition and specific wrestling training than other times of the year, but the successful wrestler will constantly be working to improve their skills. Instead of wrestling every day after a the national tournament or the world championships, they may go for a run or lift some weights, but they are focused on improving themselves for their next match.
At Fortius Wrestling, we are committed to helping athletes achieve their goals both on and off the mat. We realize that the key to success is hard work and spending time on the tasks that will bring desired results. We encourage all of our athletes to train and compete year round and to seek out the best competition possible. We would like our athletes to broaden their horizons and to visualize themselves wrestling in the world championships and Olympics. It is possible, but in order for these athletes to really make that happen, they need to make sure that they are training consistently throughout the year.
So the next time you think of wrestling season, realize that it isn’t just a few months in the winter, really it’s every day.