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Cutting Weight in Wrestling: A Tale of Two Hormones

By: Don Moxley, M.A.  Exercise Physiologist, Hydrus Sport Science Director Wrestling is hard!  Perhaps the most difficult of all sports for which to prepare.  Wrestling requires its champions to be strong, have great endurance, flexible as gymnasts and prepare technically and tactically for all comers.  Wrestles aren’t just well rounded, they have to be exceptional at all aspects of the game.  Then to make it even harder, the process of cutting weight injects a stress most other sports never experience.   In order to be prepared, wrestling has no off season.  As soon as the competitive season ends, preparation for the next begins.    The off season is dominated by strength and conditioning.  Wrestlers building their bodies, increasing strength and muscle mass...

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