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Gain Control with Dan Gable’s “Lifting Drill!”

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Saturday, August 1, 2015

Former University of Iowa head coach, Dan Gable, presents a drill that helps wrestlers work on lifting their opponent off the mat. This exercise will help athletes learn to maintain control of their opponent, which can be especially important for heavier weights that rely more on riding time.

Lifting Drill

Drill Summary: From a conventional starting position, the wrestler on top picks up the bottom wrestler, then puts them back down onto the mat. Repeat this 4-6 times in a row, also working on jamming into the wrestler on the mat to prevent them from coming back up. Be careful during this drill, as there is a high injury risk involved.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Gable Coached Partner Workout.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

The Perfect Bundle for a New Wrestling Coach!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, November 8, 2013

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Dan Gable’s Tips to Improve Your Fitness Level!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, September 13, 2013

Wrestling icon, Dan Gable, takes you through a practice session featuring drills covering conditioning. Give your athletes the mental toughness needed to be successful on the mat.

Conditioning Workout

Instruction: The dummy is to be thrown for a full arch. Gable emphasizes exploding hard and really throwing the dummy all-out. At the same time, the other partner conducts stance and motion.

Check out an additional clip from the Championship Productions’ DVD “Dan Gable: Coaching Mental Toughness on the Mat.”  If you’re interested in more Wrestling videos on Mental Toughness, click here

Valuable Training Tips from an NCAA and Olympic Champion!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, August 16, 2013

In this segment, the athletes work on the mat with instruction from 1972 Olympic Freestyle Champion, Dan Gable. Athletes will be able to work on their control with a lifting and riding drill.

From a waist lock, the top man lifts the bottom man off the mat and returns him back to the mat. The bottom man immediately stands back up and the drill repeats for the allotted time. Second, the athletes go through a near wrist ride drill in which the goal for the top man is to keep the bottom man float for 20 seconds. The bottom man is to keep working up to his base.

Take a look at an additional clip from the DVD, Dan Gable: Coaching Mental Toughness on the Mat.  Also, view other Dan Gable videos from our massive Wrestling DVD collection!

Training Tips from Wrestling Icon, Dan Gable!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, May 17, 2013

Dan Gable, former Olympic Champion and 15x NCAA National Championship Coach at the University of Iowa, shares bottom drills that can be performed with or without a partner.  Learn to get out of the bottom position and start attacking!

From flat, the athlete builds back to a base over and over. Then, the athlete gets off of his/her back and up to a base. Third, the athletes do mountain climbers or real runners from the par terre or flat position. They immediately then perform several hip heists. Fourth, the athletes work with a partner performing leg riding defensive tactics.

Take a look at an additional clip from the DVD, Dan Gable: Coaching Mental Toughness on the Mat.  Also, view other Dan Gable DVDs from our massive Wrestling DVD collection!


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