4 Reasons Why You Should Try Wrestling
If you’re looking for a sport capable of getting you physically fit, then wrestling may be just the sport for you! Wrestling also helps people develop important and valuable qualities such as self-esteem, sportsmanship, work ethic and leadership skills.
What is wrestling?
Wrestling is a combat sport, under the grappling disciple of martial arts. It is one of the oldest forms of combat, with origins as far back as 15,000 years ago. As civilisation modernised, you can find several variations of wrestling depending on the region. Regardless, the fundamentals remain as a timeless sport, with various reasons as to why you should join in.
Why you should do it
Anyone can do it
Wrestling has different age groups and weight classes to make it fair for everyone involved. The sport does not discriminate against how old someone is or how much they weigh. There is an age division and a weight class for everyone!
It’s a total body workout
In wrestling, a person works out their entire body all at once. The constant pushing and pulling motions work the entire upper body, and since many motions are in a squatted position, you also work your legs. Wrestling also requires a great deal of core strength for balance and short, explosive movements when trying to secure a takedown and a great deal of flexibility when fighting off an opponent’s takedown and turn attempts.
It tests your cardiovascular system
A wrestling match is six minutes of non-stop action, so a wrestler needs to be in excellent cardiovascular shape. During a practice and in matches, wrestlers use all of the major muscle groups in the body – making wrestling is a great way to get physically fit.
It burns a LOT of calories
One six-minute match of wrestling is said to burn around 400 calories. A wrestler can expect to wrestle no less than two matches a day at a tournament so they will burn around 800 calories in just 12 minutes! An average wrestling practice will last between one and one and a half hour, meaning in that time-frame an athlete will lose an average of 1,000 calories!
If you’re now motivated to give wrestling a try, you’re in luck. Don’t miss this opportunity to book your wrestling class at Hybrid, available Saturdays 9am.
If it’s your first time trying a class with us, worry not — it’s free-of-charge. 🙂