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…but Alabama was PERFECT
Picture If you watched Ohio State play Alabama in football, you might have caught the following mental mistake...

Picture If you watched Ohio State play Alabama in football, you might have caught the following mental mistake...

It was the first half and things were turning in a negative direction for the Buckeyes.  The score was 21-6 and it was looking grim, when the announcers started talking about OSU coach Urban Meyer's response to studying Alabama on film.  The sportscaster asked Meyer if he had found the weaknesses on Alabama's team to exploit, and Meyer said, "They have no weaknesses."

Now let’s understand for a minute what was happening here.  Urban Meyer, coach of the OSU Buckeyes, didn’t really believe Alabama had no weaknesses.  He was just being polite for the press – while keeping his true findings to himself.

The sportscasters, however, missed it.  They used that conversation to make their point, at that particular junction in the game, for a reason:  To let YOU know that even the opposing coach thinks Alabama is perfect – therefore, unbeatable – hence you should feel that way as well.

Only problem was, Urban Meyer didn’t really mean it. 

He was only being polite.

And now you know the rest of the story….

This is an important lesson for you to remember.  There are times when people close to you will do everything in their power to let you know that your upcoming opponent is PERFECT.   And unbeatable.

Just like Alabama.

I hope, when that happens, you remember how Ohio State handled “perfect" and “unbeatable".

Nobody is perfect and nobody is unbeatable.


One key part of my Stay Healthy Guide
One of my most dedicated wrestlers, Cole, helped us get in the Christmas spirit this past week.  Thanks, Cole!

One of my most dedicated wrestlers, Cole, helped us get in the Christmas spirit this past week. Thanks, Cole!

With the holidays here, and big Holiday Tournaments around the corner, I wanted to remind wrestlers to Stay Healthy.  I've mentioned this Stay Healthy Guide that I am working on, but I'm afraid it won't be done for a while yet.  Holiday time is Family time here at the Simpson household, as it is for most, so some of these things will have to wait because I'm just running out of time.

However, there are some key health-related things you can do now to stay healthy during this seasonal season.

Today, let's discuss Diet and Weight Management.  Every athlete's favorite subject!  Here are a few guidelines:

  • Avoid skipping meals
  • Eat Healthy
  • Dehydration should be the very last resort thing you do
  • Know your body and take a scientific approach to the scale

Now in detail…

Avoid Skipping Meals

When you skip meals, your body adjusts accordingly by slowing down its metabolism (making it harder to cut weight) and burning muscle for energy. This is why many wrestlers get weaker as the season progresses, by the way.

Eat Healthy

You are what you eat, as they say, and if you put junk into your body, you very well might wrestle like junk! The food you eat is energy for your body. Would you gas your car with the wrong kind of fuel? If you put dirt in the gas tank your car won't go. Wh would your body be any different?

Dehydration should be the last resort

Your body is made up of about 60-65% water. Dehydration does all kinds of negative things to the body, including organ damage. Without water your body starts to shut down. If you dehydrate to make weight, at least limit it to the last possible minute. Do not get pulled into the habit of dehydration all week long – and limit it even on the last day.

A Scientific approach to the scale.

Here's something I did when I was a kid, trying to monitor my weight…

First, I would weight myself on the school scales. Then I'd go home and weight myself on my home scales. That way I'd have a baseline to compare to. Keep in mind, you have to be wearing exactly the same amount of clothes – whether that is some, or none at all – so your baseline is accurate. You also have to avoid eating or drinking anything between these weigh-ins. And, it goes without saying – the weigh-ins have to be close together in time.

Next I would weigh myself right before bed. I'd note the time. First thing in the morning, another weigh-in. Again, same level of clothing both times. From these two weigh-ins, I would calculate how much weight I would 'drift off' in a particular amount of time. Drifting is the amount of weight you will lose simply by existing, not counting working out.

By doing this I figured out that I would lose, on average, one pound every 8 hours. Then I'd go the math: If weigh-ins were 24 hours away, I could count on drifting about 3 lbs in that amount of time. Armed with this knowledge, I would know exactly how much weight I could gain through eating and drinking during the time I weighed, to the meet's weigh-ins. This allowed me to put together a consumption plan – what I would eat, and drink, during that time. Oftentimes that plan also included me working out at some point (I even had a scientific approach and a specific workout designed to lose weight, and I'd know exactly how much weight I was going to lose from that particular workout. But that's for another time.)

That's it for now, have a great holiday and Stay Healthy!

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[Video] how to exploit one of the most common mistakes

Almost every wrestler you will ever face, makes this very common mistake. In this short 2 minute and 16 second video, you can learn to exploit this mistake to enhance your wrestling immediately.

This is just one of many skills taught in my Mat Camps.

[Video] Short offense, finer details

About 50% of takedown opportunities come off of short offense…countering your opponent’s shot.

Unfortunately, a large majority of wrestlers make crucial mistakes that keep them from scoring.

These are easily correctable mistakes if you know the finer details

Just a few small points that make a big difference, the difference between securing the takedown and losing the points.

This is one of the many situations I’ll be covering in my upcoming Fall Takedown Monster Camp, as well as my Fall Youth Camp, which is modeled after the monster camp.

Watch this short video to see how you can increase the odds of scoring off your opponents shots.

Give yourself a top three mini-evaluation
Give yourself a Top Three Mini-Evaluation

Give yourself a Top Three Mini-Evaluation

This one is specifically geared toward current, active wrestlers but if you’re a coach or parent, you can show this to your athlete as well.

Do yourself a favor and do a mini-evaluation today.  Here’s how it works:

Write down the 3 biggest technical areas of concern you currently face (please don’t say, “Takedowns”, “Top”, “Down” either!)

Be as specific as possible (example:  “I have trouble when people grab my head”, or “I can’t counter legs when someone gets them in.”)

Next, outline your plan for improving in these top three areas – whether through your school coach, an upcoming camp or clinic, or training session with a professional coach.

Feel free to comment right here on this blog,  or email me if you prefer, to share your results.

Have you ever played the cereal game?

Here’s how the game goes: one person lies on his back, while someone else starts tapping his forehead and tells him to name all the cereals he can in a certain amount of time.

What usually happens is, this person has trouble naming hardly any cereals. Same person who could probably rattle off a dozen of them with no problem, all of a sudden is stuck.


Because, quite, simply, things are different when there is pressure and resistance.  Or someone tapping on your head.

Just as humans struggle to perform under pressure, under duress, wrestlers go through the same thing.  Guys who look great in practice, all of a sudden freeze up in the bright lights of a match.

Sound like anyone you know?

How does one fix that? 

Well, there's one key thing you can do that will go a long way toward alleviating this problem…

Have your system down.

If you learn a system, and train hard to internalize that system so it is second nature, then you will hit it when it counts, under the lights and under pressure.

I have a lot more to say about the mental side of wrestling.  I'll post something soon, either here on the blog or to my email list.