A lot of my intensity in wrestling was due to mental preparation before the matches. I got myself into a different world. – Dan Gable
It is ironic that a tournament or match that is completely focused on wrestling could have so many distractions that have little or nothing to do with you actually wrestling. Think about it. You are there to wrestle, but there are so many outside factors competing for your attention that could distract you from preparing from your match. Maybe your parents are there, you have a test the next day, or you had a tough weight cut and just want to rehydrate. That is why it is crucial that you are able to get in a good warm-up prior to your matches. There are multiple benefits that come from establishing a good warm up routine:
Being physically ready to go: This is probably the most obvious benefit given through a good warm-up routine, but it is also one of the most important. Especially after travelling or having a hard weight cut, you can feel sluggish, slow, or stiff. It is important that you don’t feel that way going into your first match. Having a good warm up and pre-match routine can help to ensure that you are as physically ready as possible for your match.
Confidence: This falls in line with being physically ready to go for a match. If you go into that match feeling sluggish, stiff, or even overly bloated from rehydrating, it can cause you to feel unprepared to wrestle. Having a good warm-up and pre-match routine can help you to feel confident that you are ready to wrestle, and therefore more confident in your abilities.
Clarity: As we have discussed before, there are so many things that you could be focused on before a match that have nothing to do with wrestling. Warm-ups and pre-match routines give you the time you need to focus your attention on the match rather than any of the external factors competing for your attention.
Consistency: Each tournament is unique in its own way. Having a set pre-match routine and warm up allows you to have some sort of consistency in your tournaments and matches. This consistency can help ease some of the nerves that go along with competing.
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