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Many wrestlers use bodyweight exercises like push-ups and pull-ups to get stronger and bigger. For the athlete who’s never lifted weights before, this is an excellent place to start for building up the larger muscle groups of the upper body. These exercises will also give you an introductory, new level of strength previously unrealized. Eventually however, regular push ups and pull ups will only take you so far and you will have to move on to real weights for more significant size and strength gains. To get more out of your push ups and pull ups, try adding weight to your back or hanging it from your waste. Varying your grip width will also change the exercise to hit different parts of the muscle for a more complete development and keep it fresh for the nervous system to recognize it as different. If you have to choose between push-ups and pull ups, push-ups are definitely easier to perform because they require no equipment whatsoever; you can do push-ups literally anywhere you can lie face down on the ground. In wrestling however, there is much more pulling than pushing, so pull-ups would be best choice between the two. If you can’t get to a pull-up bar on a regular basis, going through the trouble of installing one in your garage or a door frame somewhere in your house will pay dividends on the wrestling mat. For wrestlers, pull-ups should be performed at least twice/week in the off season and at least once/week till failure during the season. If you’re not doing this, you can still be a good wrestler, however keep in mind…. Many of the opponents who beat you are! This training tip is brought to you by www.highlandsfightgear.com; the best place to get all your most important wrestling gear.
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