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AAU Coaching Wrestling Series: Strength Training for Developing Wrestlers
with Tom Koch, Strength and Conditioning Coach for Lehigh Valley Athletic Club, former Lehigh University Assistant Coach, EIWA Champion ('96) at Lehigh

When coaching the developing wrestler, strength & conditioning is vital to their success. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see the strength and conditioning philosophy of one of the most storied wrestling programs in the entire country.

Lehigh has always been known for their exceptional strength and conditioning and in this video, Tom Koch walks through the fundamentals of athletic training and demonstrates a myriad of exercises to help enhance your athlete's speed, power and conditioning.

Coach Koch begins with an informative overview of the principals of athletic training and how it translates to training the developing wrestler. Koch then talks about the importance of the following concepts:

  • Speed - Changing direction and quickness
  • Power - Maximizing force quickly
  • Conditioning - Small short bursts, starting and stopping quickly
Agility Ladder Training
According to Coach Koch, the perfect tool for agility training in wrestling is the agility ladder. You'll see more than 15 different drills including variations for each, for linear movement, lateral movement, plyometrics and upper body workouts. These drills help develop foot speed, coordination and "fast twitch" muscle fibers, as well as condition your athletes. You'll also see how to adapt those same agility ladder drills to develop hand speed. Your team will be able to work the entire body using the same movements to develop footwork.

Plyometric Training
Koch demonstrates several plyometric exercises designed to increase your wrestlers' functional power. He discusses common misconceptions with plyometrics that can hinder an athlete's performance improvement. There are more than 20 exercises demonstrated by Coach Koch in this section of the video, including different types of pushups, box exercises, plyometric jumps and core strength with the medicine ball.

These drills incorporate conditioning into their in strength building. This carries over perfectly to wrestling since many matches require both strength/power and strength endurance in order to be successful.

Coach Koch demonstrates, with young athletes, how these workout drills can be extremely challenging and fun at the same time. Often times athletes don't even know that they are being trained due to the change of pace and fun in completing these exercises. These are exercises that can be done by any age athlete that will push their sports development to new heights.

The use of non-traditional items within your gym will lend greatly to improving strength and body control. This video is a great tool for coaches, parents, and athletes who want to improve their strength and general body control!

This series of videos was produced by Championship Productions in association with AAU (The Amateur Athletic Union).

75 minutes. 2013.


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AAU Coaching Wrestling Series: Practice Planning for Developing Wrestlers
with Greg Strobel, Distinguished member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (2012);
former Lehigh University Head Coach; USA Wrestling's 2010 Man of the Year; '03-'04 NWCA National Coach of the Year; 4x EIWA Coach of the Year; 2000 US Olympic Team Coach; 2x NCAA Champions (and 3x All American) at Oregon State

Get help developing a multitude of practice plans that will maximize your wrestler's performance on the mat.

Hall of Fame Coach Greg Strobel is a leader in coaching education. In this video, Coach Strobel shares many insights from his illustrious career that will provide you with a foundation on which to plan your practices. His discussion covers a wide range of topics including practice length, intensity, and the three main aspects of wrestling.

Identifying your core philosophy will help you to plan your practices (and your program) around what you believe is most important. Coach Strobel emphasizes how your core philosophy drives not only how you run a practice, but what you want your athletes to get out of it. He believes that having fun is extremely important and that you don't have to break an athlete in order to get a top performance from them.

Coach Strobel is a master at making a practice plan and laying it out in easy to digest bite-sized pieces that can be combined in multiple variations for an unending supply of practices. He then talks about five areas to consider when developing practices: length of practice, intensity of practice, three principles of planning (technical skill, athletic skill, and fitness level), week at a glance, and peaking.

Strobel then reveals several of his trademark workouts:

  • Pre-Combat Options - Five different combinations of Warm-up and Drilling.
  • Combat Options - 11 different combinations of types of live wrestling.
  • Post-Combat Options - Different choices of cool down exercises.
Varying practices is very important to keep your wrestlers fresh and excited about attending practice. By mixing and matching these options, the user can develop hundreds of different practice plans based on the level of intensity and volume you require.

This enables you to see the principles of practice planning applied in the practice room and allows you to see one of his favorite practice formats.

This DVD is an essential tool for novice wrestling coaches or experienced coaches looking to enhance their practices and give their wrestlers the edge they need.

This series of videos was produced by Championship Productions in association with AAU (The Amateur Athletic Union).

67 minutes. 2013.


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AAU Coaching Wrestling Series: Practice Drills for Developing Wrestlers
with Greg Strobel, Distinguished member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (2012);
former Lehigh University Head Coach; USA Wrestling's 2010 Man of the Year; '03-'04 NWCA National Coach of the Year; 4x EIWA Coach of the Year; 2000 US Olympic Team Coach; 2x NCAA Champions (and 3x All American) at Oregon State

Create better and more efficient practices through proper drilling.

Former Olympic Coach Greg Strobel delivers a video packed with over 30 drills that coaches of all levels can use to get the best out of their wrestlers and their teams. His philosophy on drilling is that precise drilling creates good habits on the mat.

In this video you will discover how to get your wrestlers to drill to perfection. Coach Strobel uses a step-by-step approach to drilling, paying attention to every detail. He explains the importance of detailed drilling to help your wrestlers to learn the correct positions and techniques they need to succeed. He gives you an assortment of drills that you can easily implement into your practice sessions.

Coach Strobel discusses the various types of drilling and how each kind can benefit the wrestler with various examples of each. You will learn several drills within each drill type and when to implement them within your practices, which allows you to adjust your drilling to match the intensity or volume of your practice. These different types of drilling include:

  • Open Drilling - Unstructured wrestler's choice that is perfect for observation by the coach.
  • Structured Drilling - Controlled drilling to work on specific focus.
  • Situation Drills - Drills or live wrestling situations designed to work wrestlers from different positions.
  • Match Situation Drilling - Live wrestling out of different time and score scenarios.
  • Specific Drills to Fix or Teach - The best drills to fix problems.
Many of the drills that coach Strobel shows help build muscle memory so that technique becomes instinct and you can wrestle drill matches that simulate match conditions. These drills will teach your wrestlers how to hand fight, counter, escape, ride, fight off their back, scramble, create space, keep from wrist control and much, much more. These simple-to-teach drills will help your wrestlers master moves they once struggled with, giving them more confidence to succeed during competition. In no time, they will be on their way to becoming better, more refined wrestlers.

This DVD will minimize learning curves, give you and your wrestlers more confidence before entering a match and provide an edge over your opponents.

This series of videos was produced by Championship Productions in association with AAU (The Amateur Athletic Union).

70 minutes. 2013.


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AAU Wrestling Skills Series: Scoring from the Bottom Position
with Eric Guerrero, Oklahoma State University Head Assistant Wrestling Coach;
3x NCAA Champ at Oklahoma St. (4x All American); 2004 Olympian; 2003 World Cup Champion; USA FILA junior world freestyle champion;head coach for the USA at the 2009 FILA Junior Freestyle World Championships

The bottom position can either be a defensive position that drains a wrestler's energy or an outstanding opportunity to score points.

Bring former Olympian and 3x NCAA Champion Eric Guerrero into your wrestling room to show you how to get out and score from the bottom position. Coach Guerrero not only emphasizes the techniques used to get out, he also trains the motor skills you need to properly perform these moves.

What makes this video different from others is the focus on chain wrestling - putting multiple moves together before escaping. You rarely score on your first move, but it creates separation from your opponent, so that successive moves will have a higher rate of success.

Guerrero starts with several drills to develop the necessary motor skills to perform bottom wrestling techniques. A key drill you'll see is the Roll Drill. It improves a wrestler's ability to know where he is on the mat and improves his ability to land belly down. Motor skills for chain wrestling include:

  • Back Arch and Rotate
  • Roll Drill
  • Stand-Up Drill
  • Hip Heist Drill
  • Cross Hand Sit Out Drills (both a hip heist and cutback)
  • Granby Roll
You will learn what it takes to go from being stuck on the bottom to getting out and scoring points. Guerrero does a great job breaking down and simplifying technique, so coaches and athletes can understand and execute quickly. He covers:
  • Stand-Up - To become a champion wrestler, the ability to get back to your feet is essential. You'll learn the basic technique for executing a standup, how to use your opponent's pressure to stand-up, and clearing away without putting yourself in a high risk situation.
  • Sit-Out - Without proper technique, your opponent will chop you to the mat before you can even try these moves. Guerrero shows you how to maximize your success with the sit-out to a hip heist and a sit out cutback.
  • Granby Roll - With the proper movement and momentum, a well timed Granby is very difficult to stop.
  • Switch - Learn the nuances to execute a proper switch. There are many key components that make this move effective, but they have to be in place to be devastating.
Coach Guerrero believes that bottom wrestling is the great neutralizer in a match. This video is a great tool to develop young wrestlers and to correct basic errors in veteran wrestlers. Implement these techniques into your arsenal and you will become great off the bottom!

This series of videos was produced by Championship Productions in association with AAU (The Amateur Athletic Union).

39 minutes. 2013.


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