December 12, 2005

Heavyweights

I'm a wrestling coach, so I'm thinking about wrestling pretty much all the time. Something hit me today, and that is the concept of ideal weight when it comes to heavyweights. Most heavyweights (in college, this is everyone between 197 and 285 pounds) are nowhere near their "ideal" weight in terms of body fat percentage and all that. This is strange on the surface and obvious at the same time. For the other nine weights, everyone has usually trimmed down intentionally to be close to their "ideal" weight. I'd imagine college and professional athletes are the men most likely to be at an "ideal" weight. In terms of college, when is there a better time to be at your ideal weight? I mean, you're 20 years old and working out six days a week. In wrestling, you're probably also burning more calories than you take in. This all falls by the wayside with most heavyweights. More of them look like this than this. Here's the thing, though, those two guys are the last two NCAA Division I wrestling champs at heavyweight. There's accomodation for all sorts of body types, as long as they can wrestle.

Something I considered today, then, is what it would mean to some of the "lighter" heavyweights if they dedicated a spring, summer, and preseason to losing about 30 pounds and making a go of it at 197. A lot of times, 197 is not the strongest weight in terms of talent (in the overall sense...it's very tough at the top). However, if a heavyweight has the wrong style, the more athletic guys at 197 might eat an otherwise successful heavyweight for lunch. A lot depends on this style. If the heavyweight had a quicker style based more on leg attacks, he might have found himself getting caught underneath a 280 pound behemoth and losing the match. For this guy, shooting in on a 197 might be more inviting. Other "light" heavyweights might have more of a straight up pushing style that relies more on slide-bys and snap downs. Perhaps it's better to stay up a weight and work on adding 15 or 20 pounds of muscle over the summer. At least there is a maximum weight now, so no 230 pound heavyweight has to deal with a 412 pound monster.

1 comment:

Dan said...

I agree