olympic weightlifting exercises such as the snatch, clean & jerk, and variations are unquestionably the favorite tool in a strength and conditioning coach’s toolbox for the development of lower body explosive power. (3) additionally 97% of all coaches surveyed ranked speed and explosive power as the top two physical priorities in a wrestler’s training program. successful wrestlers need to be just as explosive and powerful at the end of a match as they are in the beginning. finding the time and energy to perform additional strength and power training sessions can be prohibitive.
the diversity of fall sports may leave coaches with the choice to simply run the team into shape, but is this strategy optimal for conditioning for wrestling conditioning? the main reason long distance running can be counter-productive is the said principle, specific adaptation to implied demands. burroughs is certainly an outlier; however, adjusting training toward a dynamic style may leave football coaches less apprehensive to allow the linemen to serve the upper weight classes on a wrestling team and excite potential wrestlers to become faster and more explosive athletes. in the charlie francis training system (1992) he stated the aerobic training work needed to be limited; while power and explosive work should be completed in order keep a preferential shift towards type ii muscle fibers (francis, 1992).
most high school head strength coaches come from a football background and to them it is always "football first." also, unless the high school strength coach has a wrestling background, they may or may not understand the sport of wrestling and its demands. all of this being said, high school wrestling coaches and high school wrestlers have a definite need for help with proper strength training workouts. a very smart older strength coach told me years ago the key to training athletes is to train the parts of their body they cannot see.