Dear Shea Thompson,
Who would you research to find more information on how the Russian wrestlers were trained?
What are some things that they (Russian wrestlers) may have done differently in there training where they did not increase mass to much?
The most important Russian sport training magazine is “The theory and practice of the physical culture and sport” in which there are a lot of publications about the methodology of the Russian wrestlers training. The big problem is that all these publications are in Russian.
The most important wrestling training expert that I knew many years ago was Alexandr Novikov. Now there are a lot of new experts who I don’t know, but I am sure that all of them are a very high level experts and they really don’t need my help.
The Russian Wrestling training methodology is elaborated at a very good level.
First, because Wrestling was always very popular in old Russian empery and in Soviet Union. During many years the practical experiences of many coaches that worked with many wrestlers have been shared between them and developed.
Second, because the Soviet Wrestling teams had always a high level scientific assistance that assured them the possibility to optimize the training process.
The optimization of training process allows to not perform work more that it’s y strictly necessary and to not do anything that is not useful (sorry if underline something that could sound obvious).
The optimization regards also the strength training. The strength training of Olympic sport athlete must be functional or, as I say, specific. So, it must be very different from Bodybuilding training and also from Weightlifting training.
The wrestlers need to increase the strength in particular movements joined in a particular structure. For this reason the Russian wrestlers use specific strength devises and specific training methods that allow to achieve the increasing of the power of specific movements and, if it’s necessary, without the muscle mass increasing.