In-Season Wrestling Workout With Indiana University
February 6, 2009
Indiana University's wrestling program goes through an intense one-hour workout during the season with coaching by Josh Eidson.
About the Video
Scott Mackar: We're here in Bloomington Indiana on campus at Indian University. We're about to take an inside look into some In-season lifting with the wrestling squad. Let's go check it out.
Josh Eidson: My In-season program focuses actually on gaining strength. We're not in maintenance phase. It's harder to gain strength in the In-season but we are still progressing our weights and still trying to make strength gain. So I want guys to be a strong as they possible can be at Nationals. We want to increase our strength throughout the year. We want to make gains.
This is a Monday workout. The workout was total body. This is our major compound motion movement. I want them to know when they come into the weight room they can go hard. It's going to be challenging. But by Wednesday of that week they are going to be ready to rest. Wednesday's workout, they have a sensible difference with more upper body and less lower body. We don't do any compound pressing movements and then they'll be ready to go by Friday night.
I believe in three things I want to develop. The first this is I want to develop and athlete to their genetic potential. The second factor is injury prevention. Third is just mental toughness or an attitude. They will run through the wall; Nothings impossible. I want the weight room to be the hardest they've ever trained so winning a match is easy. I try to have a comprehensive progressive program. We train by head to toe. We don't over emphasize any muscle groups and we don't under emphasize any muscle groups.
So we try to stay balanced and then progressive. We just try to make gains every day. So we usually do neck. It's usually one of the first things we do and put the highest emphasis on it. The dip is the best exercise for the chest actually. It's more efficient than the bench just because of the angle. Weighted chin ups make more progress than the body weight chin. Leg extensions is for the quadriceps. It's going to help isolate the quad and help prevent ACL tares. Don't worry about fancy new age stuff. Really we just have to stick with the time tested basics like a squat or a leg press, bench, lat row, pull down, shrug; just the classics is good enough. Most high school wrestlers, all you had to do is to develop overall basic strength.