Setting Smart Goals

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 in Motivation, Practices, Wrestlers

Setting SMART goals is the first step to creating an effective off-season improvement plan. It’s impossible to plan a trip if you don’t know your destination but many wrestlers approach their off-season without and specific goals in mind. Starting your journey with a clear destination and milestones is the best way to make sure you don’t get lost along the way. Before we get into the nuts and bolts of SMART goal setting, there are a couple pre-requisites. Make sure the goals are YOUR goals. If they are your parents’ goals for you or your coach’s goals, this isn’t going to work. eek advice...

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Pre-Season Training Plan

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 in Motivation, Practices, Technique

With about 12 weeks left before wrestling season, it’s time to build on your spring/summer training and make a final push to get ready for the season. There are many options for pre-season training based on a wrestler’s experience and goals but they should all address the following areas: Strength: High school athletes should perform full-body weigh lifting programs at high intensity. For youth wrestlers, a regular full-body routine of body weight exercises at moderate intensity is appropriate. Speed: Use explosive exercises like Olympic lifts, plyometrics and running drills to...

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This Sport Changes You

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 in Motivation, Videos

J Robinson, head coach at the University of Minnesota, talks about what impact wrestling has on your life, how it changes you and makes you better than you were before. It’s good to know the values we are trying to teach at the youth level are taught by some of the best coaches in the country. This is worth a few minutes of your time.   Watch more video of Cliff Keen Classic Coaches on...

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May the Best Man Win

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 in Motivation

Interesting article by David Crisanti about wrestling. It’s worth a quick read. Here’s an excerpt and the link: But although the outcome is seldom in doubt, wrestlers do love to watch wrestling. Where else in life can you see a test that simply gauges the better man, all randomness due to wind, rain, the bounce of a ball, performance of teammates or the subjectivity of judges taken out of the equation? Despite my background as an athlete I was not a big believer that sports build character. I was more on the side that sports revealed it. But with the benefit of time and...

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Great quote from Hagerty Wrestling

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 in Motivation

Win the battle for positioning. Win that scramble, win the whistle. Win the details, and the rest will take care of itself.

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What will you do today?

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 in Competitions, Motivation, Practices, Videos

What will you do today to reach your goals? Watch this video for motivation. Watch more video of Random Videos on

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