Wrestling Tough-2nd Edition
Few sports are as intense as wrestling. The physical training demands total dedication. The mental side requires focus, anticipation and resilience. No letup. No excuses.
Wrestling Tough, Second Edition, will inspire and guide you to achieve the mind-set of a champion. Whether you need to identify the flaws of an opponent, get optimally psyched for a big match, or overcome the adversity inherent in participating in the sport, Wrestling Tough will prepare you to excel and win.
Mike Chapman, known for his unique expertise, analysis, and insight into the great sport of wrestling, has had the privilege of rubbing shoulders with many of America’s greatest amateurs and professional wrestlers. In the second edition of Wrestling Tough, he shares his insights to take you beyond the physical attributes needed to succeed on the mat:
• Explore the attacking mind-set and the importance of psyching up for competition.
• Gain perspective on the increasing popularity of the sport among women and girls and how female participants are proving their toughness on the mat at all levels.
• Examine the rise and importance of funk-style wrestling, through which an individual’s personality is allowed—and encouraged—to shine.
• Glimpse the key moments in the careers of many great wrestlers and the training methods they used to break through barriers and achieve ultimate success.
Wrestling Tough is loaded with stories, insights, and coaching philosophies from legendary coaches and wrestlers such as Cael Sanderson, Dan Gable, Lee Kemp, John Smith, Tom Brands, and Steve Fraser, and even coaches from other sports such as basketball’s John Wooden and football’s Vince Lombardi. These stories will captivate wrestlers, coaches, and fans of wrestling alike.
Make your mind a key weapon in your wrestling arsenal. Wrestling Tough provides you the ammunition to develop the mental firepower to win and dominate on the mat.
Table of Contents
Part I. The Path to Wrestling Tough
Chapter 1. Choosing to Wrestle
Chapter 2. Understanding Toughness
Chapter 3. Building Confidence
Chapter 4. Dedicating and Committing to Goals
Chapter 5. Gaining Desire and Discipline
Chapter 6. Adding Intensity and Effort
Chapter 7. Achieving the Right Mind-Set
Chapter 8. Searching for The Zone
Chapter 9. Paying the Price
Chapter 10. Dealing With Adversity
Part II. Essentials for Wrestling Tough
Chapter 11. Mind–Body Link
Chapter 12. Art of Preparation
Chapter 13. Sense of Fun
Chapter 14. Spirit for Competition
Chapter 15. Overcoming Obstacles
Chapter 16. Will to Win
Chapter 17. Power of Heart
Chapter 18. Attacking Mind-Set
Chapter 19. Mental Wrestling Mastery
Chapter 20. Life–Wrestling Balance
Chapter 21. Enduring Lessons of Wrestling
Reviews“Wrestling Tough is much more than learning about being successful on the mat. It’s for all who would like to dominate or develop a passion for any sport. Incredible reading! Get energized and be entertained at the same time.”
—Dan Gable, Olympic Champion Wrestler, Two-Time NCAA Champion Wrestler, Olympic Wrestling Coach, and 15-Time NCAA Championship Team Coach
“Simply put, Mike Chapman is the most prolific, knowledgeable, respected, and published wrestling writer ever. Everything Mike writes is worth reading, and I highly recommend this new edition of Wrestling Tough.”
—Wayne Baughman, Olympic and World Team Wrestler and Coach