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Get the Mental Edge For Wrestling - Part 1 of 2

 


Nick Samuel


Everyone will tell you that wrestling is different because it is such a mental game. There are no arguments there, but before I continue I would like to point out that every game is a mental game. It is not just specific to one or two sports. You have to win the battle of the mind before you can ever be a champion.

Here are some tips that will help you or your wrestlers be a better wrestler. This has nothing to do with practicing in the physical sense but you should practice these tips like you would drill a move. The point is to get better when doing them.

The first tip to is to use visualization. One easy way to use visualization is to visualize your moves right before you go to bed every night. Studies have shown time after time that when you visualize the move in your head, your muscle fibers will activate just like they would when you are practicing.

What does this mean to you? It means that if you combine actual practice and visualization then you will be able to get much better faster because you are practicing your moves more. Drilling one move over and over in your mind will help you learn how to do it right and get a feel for the movement. Then when you do it in practice you will be able to back up the mental feelings with actual muscle memory. The power of visualization can not be overstated, it is very powerful.

The next thing that you have to do is to make sure to listen to how you talk to yourself. Many people think negatively about themselves, doubt themselves, and talk down to themselves, even if they would never do this to anyone else. They think that it is OK to talk down to themselves. This couldn't be further from the truth.

You can really hurt your performance when you constantly berate yourself. The first step in getting over doing this is to learn and listen to when you do it. If you don't know that you are doing it, then you won't be able to stop it. Once you are able to know what kinds of things that you are saying to yourself you can then go to work on stopping it.


Nick Samuel is quite the computer nerd. Not only is he interested in computers but he is knowledgeable in martial arts, wrestling, relationships, and working out.

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