Optimism Beats Realism

I watched a great clip last week on the Mindset of Will Smith. He caught my attention when he said, “Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity.” Immediately I related this to the athletes I work with. Each wrestler is encouraged to keep a daily journal of their thoughts about the previous week’s…

Play Like a Champion Today

I have a sign up in my office that says- Play Like a Champion Today. This is a symbol of Consistency to me. In the way I work, train, and live. There is no magical formula for success. It simply boils down to doing the right things on a consistent basis. Before you talk about…

Block Drilling is Slowing Down American Wrestling

Random/Varied Drilling > Blocked Drilling Penn State, Oklahoma State, and others have adopted this Russian style of practice. Blocked Drilling (what most people do)- – practicing the same move over and over with little-no resistance from a¬†partner. ie. drilling a double leg takedown over and over again. Random Drilling (what Russians do)- practicing moves in…

Overcome Laziness

Wrestlers are among the hardest workers in the world! But let’s face it, we all get a little lazy sometimes. Why are people lazy? Again, we must go back to motivation. The root word in motivation is motive. To understand any behavior or attitude, you must first consider the two basic human motives. When you…

4 Ways to Become a More Confident Wrestler

Many wrestlers hold themselves back in matches and perform poorly under pressure. They lack Kyle Dake confidence that they can overcome any situation in a match. They lack David Taylor guts to pull the trigger when they see an opportunity. Maybe Kyle Dake and David Taylor have it naturally. More than likely they have learned…

Jump Levels

There is always another level in you. I don’t care who you are. A JV wrestler or Jordan Burroughs. My dad has always been my role model. When I was a kid my dad would always ask my brothers and I, what is the biggest room in the world? Quickly we caught on- It is…