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Wrestling Your Way to Fitness

Wrestling is a great way to get a cardio workout, strengthen your muscles and pin down your annoying siblings. Find out more about how you can get involved in one of the world's oldest sports.

Wrestling - Getting Started

Wrestling might be the world's oldest sport. It was a part of the ancient Olympic Games and has been a part of virtually every culture throughout history. You've likely already wrestled at some point - either by trying to pin down your brother on the living room floor or taking down your friends on the school playground. If you'd like to get more involved with the sport, talk to your P.E. teacher at school, as most schools have some sort of wrestling program for kids as young as nine. There may also be community wrestling clubs in your area that you can join. Wrestling is also a relatively inexpensive sport to join. You can get a pair of wrestling shoes, a singlet (those tight-fitting wrestling suits) and head protection for less than a $100.

Wrestling - Physical Benefits

Wrestling is a fun, competitive sport that also has many reat physical benefits. The sport provides a good cardiovascular workout and is a good way to strengthen your balance. Many pro athletes from other sports, including linebacker Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens, wrestled in high school or continue to wrestle now as a way to stay in shape and improve their coordination. Wrestling is also a great sport for building discipline and self-confidence.

Wrestling and Girls

While wrestling continues to be a sport that mostly practiced by guys, the opportunities available for girls in wrestling are growing every year. Women's wrestling is now an official medal sport at the Olympics and there are more girls' wrestling teams than ever before. If you're a girl who's interested in joining a wrestling team, don't let the outdated ideas of some discourage you. There are many opportunities out there and learning to wrestle may help you pin down that hottie from your class who's eluded you so far.

Wrestling - Did You Know?

  • The first Olympic wrestling match took place at the ancient Olympics in 708 BC.
  • There are two main styles of wrestling: greco-roman and free style. In the greco-roman style, holds are allowed from the waist up. In free style, holds are allowed on the whole body.
  • Points are scored in wrestling for taking an opponent down to the mat, exposing an opponent's back to the mat and for reversing a hold.
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Best Reason To Wrestle?

  • Good way to stay in shape.
  • Great way to pin my annoying sibling to the ground.
  • It'll help jump start my career in the WWE.

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unicornsrule626
"rainbowpoptart" wrote:I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise).competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionallyDoes cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes.pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too.Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has.It is a form of exercise and entertainment.It is a sport.Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything.Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy. very well said! I was a cheerleader for 2 years until  I aged out, but let ,e tell you, they were 2 of the best,sweaty and most fun years I have ever had
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rainbowpoptart
I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise). competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally Does cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes. pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise  Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too. Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has. It is a form of exercise and entertainment. It is a sport. Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything. Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy.
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angelover4
CHEERLEADING IS LIKE DANCE GYMNASTICS MIXED TOGETHER WITH WORDS. AND DANCE AND GYMNASTICS ARE CONSIDERED SPORTS.
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angelover4
I BELIVE ITS A SPORT JUST LIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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angelover4
I BEL ITS A SPORT JUS TLIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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