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If you find yourself weighing in light for your weight class, the coach might recommend you to gain weight. Unfortunately, gaining weight during the season will only be water weight and you will still be a smaller athlete in the weight class. If you want to be a bigger athlete, you must gain quality muscle so you are actually bigger compared with other similar size athletes. While you can eat more during the season and produce a heavier scale weight, without eating and training a certain way, you will not put on muscle and the larger scale weight is only the weight of food you’ve put in your stomach and water weight. Putting on good quality muscle requires lifting weights and eating excess calories to provide the body with extra building blocks it can use to produce more mass. Logistically, this can only be done in the off season while there’s time to focus on this. During the season, it’s impossible to gain good muscular size when you’re always having to stay at the same bodyweight (and eating sparingly to do this). It’s also nearly impossible to get bigger during the season while you are wrestling for several hours nearly every day as this burns an incredible amount of calories and leaves nothing left for building. If you want to wrestle the next weight class up, spend some time in the weight room and eat to grow during the off season. Use the season to cut off the bodyfat, focus on wrestling and strategies you need to win. This training tip is brought to you by www.highlandsfightgear.com, HWC’s premier source for wrestling shorts, apparel and all the gear you need to compete and train.
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