Over the past years I have always been curious and witnessed several different examples of athletes having strength in the weightroom and having it transition to sports. Specifically my journey and others started off as a recreational lifter to a body builder to a powerlifter.. .and now to a NCAA college wrestler I have gone through many phases of lifting. I have always been known as the biggest guy for my weight class and having the big show muscles.
I have been able to put up big lifting numbers but curious in the big question of Is grappling strength different then weight room strength? I know the easy explanation of wrestling being anaerobic and needing more endurance and definitely a technique sport but the argument I get in with a friend who strictly does power lifting routines comes off to not believe that there is such a thing as grappling strength. The strength in the weight room correlates to a wrestler.
I have seen many teammates who can't lift big amounts of weight or don't take lifting seriously and will get All American honors (I know obviosly they have technique and experience, but saying if they did spend time in the weight room what would the outcome be). It's an interesting question I have and is there any way to maybe go from being able to have weightroom strength and focusing more on grappler. I have been looking for an in season program to follow for the grueling 6 month wresting season that occurs during the winter.
Any advice or has anyone seen this occur ? I myself found another interesting thing in that heavy squats produced thick legs and I wrestled worse.... big legs slowed me down and I gassed faster.... why do I need to squat a huge amount when the guy im wrestling is my weight?