Being a former amateur wrestler back in my high school and college, and a very successful one, winning several local competitions, I will always hold wrestling deep in my heart. It has been such an important part of my life through most of my youth. Unfortunately, I had my strings of injuries and other misfortunes that prevented me from pursuing a career in wrestling.
But you know what? I still have that same passion about wrestling and I would really hate to see it go to waste. So, I decided that I would like to become a youth wrestling coach and try to impart at least some of my knowledge (as small as it may be) and the passion for wrestling into the youth. I decided that I would become a youth wrestling coach.
But, you know, this is not as easy as it may sound to you. There are so many things that you need to consider. Should you focus more on strength or on endurance, for instance. How much weight lifting should you include in your exercises? Also, there are very big differences, depending on the age of the wrestlers. Obviously, training for wrestlers who are in elementary school and those that go to college should be very different. College students obviously have more developed muscles than those in high school, so it doesn’t make much of a sense to make the second lift 80kg bench-pressing or something like that. But don’t worry, this is something that actually comes naturally. And if you do have some problems, there are a lot of people that have done this sort of thin before you, so ask them for an advice. There’s nothing wrong in that. I certainly did it a couple of times and it helped me a lot to become a much better youth wrestling coach.
And, unlike what many would-be youth wrestling coaches think, you don’t need expensive and fancy equipment or a top funding program that will allow you to implement everything that you wish to into your training program. There are so many exercises that are completely free and these are often so much better than whatever you could do in a gym. For instance, nothing beats a good push up when it comes to developing your upper body strength. Or if you want to maintain your balance as you get older, there is nothing better than a good basic squat. Plus, you can always use whatever you have around you. For example, you can use those stairs. By having the kids jump them one-by-one or every second, they will develop stronger calves.
Of curse, the most important thing is that you never ever forget why you are doing this. It is all about imparting a part of your passion and knowledge into these kids an making them see just how much they can benefit from being wrestlers. If you ever forget about that and start just thinking about the results that they achieve, please stop being a youth wrestling coach, okay?