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John Gaglione's Wrestling Exercise of the Week # 3


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Eccentric Emphasis Push Ups

Movement Category: Upper Body Push

Athletic Benefits:  Push ups are one of the best upper body exercises for relative strength. By adding a slow eccentric component (slow lowering) the feet and adding chains the push becomes an amazing strength builder as well as a amazing core exercise. Push ups in general are also more shoulder friendly than traditional bench press variations and are ideal for wrestlers in season. The slow lowering phase is a great way to make the exercise harder without adding an additional load.

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Exercise Modification: Push Up Position Planki

For all athletes it is crucial they learn to do push ups properly so they don’t hurt their shoulders. If an athlte is unable to perform a push up with proper form they can simply hold the position from both the top and the bottom and hold for time and build strength that way. This is also an excellent “finisher” for a more advanced athlete and will build both mental and physical strength and stability.


I hope you enjoyed this wrestling exercise of the week! If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me at gaglionestrength@gmail.com or check out my website www.gaglionestrength.com

To take your wrestling to the next level and ensure this coming wrestling season is your best one ever go to GaglioneStrength.com and e-mail Coach Gaglione for more information on wrestling training.

 Coach John Gaglione is a Sport Performance Specialist out of Long Island New York. He is a certified "Underground" Strength coach who specializes in training combat athletes. John’s work has been featured in Elite Fitness Systems, Testosterone Nation , One Result & local wrestling site Long Island Wrestling Association. If you would like to learn more about John you can reach him at www.gaglionestrength.com or e-mail him at gaglionestrength@gmail.com.