What do high school and college wrestlers do in this type of weather?(EAT!)

Posted by Andy Durham on January 12, 2011 at 7:05 pm under High School | 4 Comments to Read

What do high school and college wrestlers do in this type of weather?

What can they do????? The high school guys can’t practice and where do you go to work out when the weather has shut down just about everything in town…..

The high school wrestler who left school weighing 125 pounds last Friday, probably hits the scales at around 140 today….How are you going to keep the weight down, when you can’t work out? When these high school wrestlers go back to school it’s going to be like starting over……

The kid who was battling to stay at 105, now weighs around 115 or 120…..You can go outside and work up a sweat while walking or sliding down the street, but then you’re going to come back inside and eat and drink, until you fall asleep watching TV, and the high school kid is going to sleep until 11 or Noon the next day and wake up and eat some more….

I don’t see how you can sit around at home and starve yourself, when you can’t get over to the school and practice….Maybe you can get over to the Recreation Center and get in a work out, but you have the whole day to sit and around and eat and watch TV or chat on the computer/internet and then you’re still 5-10 pounds overweight the next day…..

It might be a little easier to rationlize what the college kids are doing, since they have access to the on-campus fitness center and some of the workout/wrestling rooms, even if school/college has been delayed or cancelled for the day….The hard part again, will be getting these guys out of bed on a snow day when the skies are gray and you want to sleep all day….Then when you do get up, you go get something to eat and you are on the way/weigh to being 5 pounds in the hole…..

I don’t know what these guys are going to do, but it is going to be a very tough winter year/season for the high school wrrestlers….When they get rolling again, it’s going to be the middle of January and then they only have two weeks to finish the regular season, with the Conference Tournaments set to start at or around February 1……

Any suggestions or solutions????? Have another piece of toast and get yourself a big glass of water…..Or drink another Coke and use it to wash down another 4 or 5 doughnuts……Good luck trying to decide which road to take, both of those streets/eats are a bit slick this time of year……..


  • Coach Stanley said,

    My son has been very good about his weight during this time. He has been going to the gym at least once a day but it’s hard not being in the mat room. All wrestlers should be going to a gym or at least running to help with his weight. Here’s another part of the problem. At this point exams are scheduled to take place next week which means no practice next week either. It’s going to be almost two weeks before his next match. I know other sports have some of the same problems but you are right that wrestling seems to suffer in this situation the most.

  • Jason Voorhees said,

    If these guys are smart they are out out running in the snow(not the icey part of course). Nothing burns calories like the added resistance the snow provides. I wrestled for years and my best workouts came in the snow.

  • Andy said,

    Ecxcellent point and most people won’t buy into what you are saying, unless they get out there and try it…

    I was walking/hiking/sliding/running on a paved trail in town yesterday and it is really a dig to keep cutting through that ice and snow…

    You can’t even tell the difference until you get back on flat pavement and then you are moving along very smoothly as opposed to the work you have to do to get through the ice and snow…

    It does work, but the hard part will be finding the kids that are dedicated enough to get on ought there and do it…..It works, but some kids might find it hard or seemingly boring to be out there trudgging along in that ice and snow on the side roads/trails….

    With one hard day’s work outside, you as wrestlers ought to be headed back to your old fitness levels….

    Like Jason and Coach Stanley said, get out there and do it and you’ll be shocked at the muscles you’ll use pushing your body on through that snow and ice….

    Very good workout and somewhat comparable to running in sand, but I think the snow and ice offer up more resistance and give you a different burn….

  • Andy said,

    Bring back the old runner Dave McKenzie from UNCG. He was out there in it every day for many years…..