Championship Productions Blog

Archives by Tag 'Gary Calcagno'

Build Lower Body Strength Using Plyometrics!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Gary Calcagno, Oklahoma State University strength and conditioning coach, learned this group of plyometric exercises from a strength coach clinic early in his career. Wrestlers who train using plyos will become more powerful by working on their lower body’s ability to explode.

Plyometric Series

Drill Summary: For the box jump, the wrestler stands about a yard away from the box and begins by swinging their arms. The key to the box jump is to get hip/knee/ankle extension and stand up immediately when you land on the top of the box. For the static box jump, the athlete sits on the edge of a two foot box, rocks back with their arms up, then comes down onto their feet and jumps. The feet should be on the ground briefly before springing up onto the box, once again focusing on hip/knee/ankle extension.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Training for Power and Explosiveness.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Increase the Power and Explosiveness of Your Wrestlers!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Oklahoma State’s wrestling program has excelled under legendary head coach John Smith. A large part of the Cowboys’ success must be attributed to Smith’s strength and conditioning coach Gary Calcagno. In this drill, Calcagno goes over the first two lifts of OSU’s power and explosion lifting series.

Power & Explosion Series

Drill Summary: In this clip, clean grip jump shrugs and snatch grip jump shrugs are performed. The athlete focuses on jumping with the hip, knee and ankle. For the clean grip jump, the athlete hinges the hips, puts their butt back, gets their chest over the bar and jumps. Focus on jumping straight up and allow the bar to pick you up. For the snatch grip jump, keep the arms straight until you jump.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Training for Power and Explosiveness.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Training for Power & Explosiveness with OSU’s Wrestling Strength & Conditioning Coach!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, December 9, 2013

READ and WATCH more on a new wrestling video featuring the same strength and conditioning exercises used by the Oklahoma State Wrestling team! OSU Strength & Conditioning Coach, Gary Calcagno, provides you with over 40 different exercises that focus on power and explosiveness.

Training for Power and Explosiveness

Training for Power and Explosiveness


  • Learn championship-tested exercises and principles for developing power and explosiveness 

  • Learn six series of movements, including over 40 exercises, that can be modified as your season progresses 

  • Build a year-round lifting program that can elevate your program



More Strength & Conditioning videos for Wrestling:

AAU Coaching Wrestling Series: Strength Training for Developing WrestlersWeight Room to Wrestling RoomCoaching High School Wrestling: Strength & Conditioning for Champions: In-Season, Off-Season and Nutrition GuideThe Explosive Wrestler! 30 Strength Training Exercises




Drake University Continuing Education Gold Medal Guarantee Sign Up for our Newsletter Request a Catalog Testimonials Career Opportunities
SecurityWorry-Free Shopping
Championship Productions, Inc. Follow danbergan on Twitter