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Old 09-05-2008, 12:47 PM
Bassani Bassani is offline
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Default To wrestle or not to wrestle? That is the question.

I am 17 and a senior in my highschool, I have wrestled varsity every year at my school, I'm pretty good and usually the top 2 or 3 on our team. I am undecided if I want to wrestle this year, our new coach heard about me and came to my classroom yesterday and asked my teacher to talk to me, he told me he wants me on the team and I would be a captain.

The thing is, i am currently around 5 foot 8, 153 pounds and about 12% body fat, pretty out of shape for me. I am also a black belt in karate and have kept a relatively muscular body but never wanted big muscles cause I wanted to keep my speed and flexibility for karate.

This year I want to bulk up alot, My goal is to get up to probably 162 and lower my body fat to 6 or 7%, I am just not sure if that will mesh with my wrestling diet, eating like I have to during wrestling to make weight might cause me to lose all that hard earned muscle.

I am going into a career as a personal trainer once I graduate, so I think the mass will benefit me and although I love wrestling I am not sure if it makes sense this year.

I'm just wondering if wrestling will mess with my weight lifting gains, I will try to go to the gym everyday after practice and maintain my workout regimen, but it might be tough while trying to stay a certain weight.

Is there a maintence type period I could switch into where I would change my workout to maintain my muscle while still wrestling?

I know it's alot of writing, but any help will be appreciated.
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Old 09-05-2008, 12:58 PM
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My initial reactions:

1. Yes, your wrestiling would almost certainly make putting on muscle difficult.

2. You are a junior in high school? Aim a little higher than just being a personal trainer. Any shmo can pay to be certified. If you REALLY want to have a long lived career in fitness and athletics, go get a degree that deals with this.

3. 5'8" 153lbs and 12% BF doesn't sound out of shape for me. Just as a reality check, being in shape isn't about 6-pack abs or any of that crap.

4. Putting on 10lbs of muscle at your age shouldn't be a major feat. You could probably wrestle and still manage to put on muscle post season.

5. Being muscular may help attract some clients, but unless you know your crap, they won't stay. See point #2. Get an education that is worth more than the $300 fee for certification.

6. Whether you wrestle or not should come from whether you enjoy it or not. You have a long time to sort out the rest of your life. Enjoy where you are currently at because you only get one shot at it.
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:58 PM
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^He said in the 1st sentence that he was a senior

I would say wrestle this year. I had this same conflict going into my senior season... I wanted to keep my gains going and I was sort of sick of wrestling. But after this year you can do whatever you want for as long as you want and you'll still have the pride of whatever you accomplish this year. If you stop now then you might be left wondering what would have happened if you'd taken advantage of that last year. Unless you're completely and totally sick of it (and even maybe then) I would just finish strong before going into more serious lifting.

Best of luck with your season!
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