Wrestling is a sport that can quickly reveal any shortcomings that you may have.
If you are out of shape, your opponents will be able to easily set a pace that you cannot match. If you are sloppy, then your opponents will be able to work their counter offense with ease.
Unfortunately, if your abilities as a wrestler are not constantly improved upon, then those abilities will quickly decline. Just because you are in shape today does not mean that you will inherently be in shape a month from today. Think about the last time that you went into the room after having a long time off. You probably felt slow, stiff, and maybe even some of the wrestlers that you were able to beat easily were able to close the gap. What’s worse, it happens so quickly. You have to train consistently if you want to have lasting success. That is why you see Olympic champions continuing to train despite being the best in the world. They continue to work and improve because without continued training, they would not have continued success. There is always going to be someone who is working and training even if you are not.
However, what many people overlook is the fact that mental training has to be just as consistent as your physical training. When it comes to physical training, the evidence that you have been neglecting your conditioning, weight training, wrestling, etc. is much more readily apparent. Maybe your shots aren’t as consistent, you are not able to put up as much weight as you could during the season, or you’re even starting to not look as in shape as you once did. But, just because something is not as readily apparent does not mean that it is not there. Your mindset training has to be given the same level of importance as your physical training, because like your physical attributes, your mindset as a wrestler can lose its ability. While you once were confident, aggressive, and focused, you may now be slightly more timid and distracted. This change in your mindset could ultimately prevent you from accomplishing your goal. You would not take weeks, months, or even years off from training your physical abilities. Do not take, weeks, months or years off from training your wrestling mindset. Consistency is essential for your success as a wrestler.
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