“I was more concerned about hustle and technique as a competitor but strength is icing on the cake. I did lift weights. The year I took second in the world I learned that I had to get stronger. I felt that the top guys were much stronger than me. I did a lot of cleans and thought about lifting in wrestling terms. In wrestling you have to explode, and push and pull. So I did the exercises that made me a stronger wrestler. When I first got to Iowa State, Coach Douglas told me that if I did 50 pull ups every day I would be an Olympic Champion. I did 50 every day. When I first got to Iowa State I couldn’t do 10 pull ups. I feel like you get the majority of your strength through wrestling. After practice, as an athlete, I always did a couple sets of wall sits, rope climbs, sprints, pull ups, and shoulder press.” -Cael Sanderson
Favorite Weight Lifting Exercise: Pull Ups, Power Cleans
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