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How to Become a Professional Wrestler
- Updated: March 18, 2016
If your dream is to become a professional wrestler, you shouldn’t let the fact that many people dismiss this sport as a hoax or class it as ‘fake’ put you off. Regardless of what popular opinions may suggest, there is a lot that you can learn about professional wrestlers and the amount of work and training that it takes to become one of the beasts that you see on television on Monday and Friday nights. We’ve put together this simple guide to help you have a better understanding of what needs to be done to make it as a professional wrestler today.
Getting in Shape
Because wrestling is such a physically demanding activity, you’ll need to be in the best shape of your life in order to go pro. Whilst it may not be necessary to have the body of a world-class athlete to wrestle professionally, you’ll need to be dedicated to strength training and have a good fitness and nutrition routine in place. Along with concentrating on muscle mass and increased strength, you’ll also need to do regular cardiovascular exercises – having strong cardio will prevent ‘blowing up’ early into a match.
Learning to Fight
Knowing how to react in a real life fight can help you to become a better wrestler as well as create more excitement and entertainment in your future wrestling matches. Along with this, as a professional wrestler or indeed even an amateur wrestler, you may find yourself in a situation where other wrestlers start to overreact or get out of hand, and your only option will be to fight back in order to prevent yourself from losing. Knowing proper fighting and even some self-defense techniques can help you to remain calm even in stressful situations; this will increase the level of respect you command when you are in the ring.
When it comes to professional wrestling, there are a number of different routes to take for training. Most independent promotors will have several wrestlers who are willing to train up amateurs and new wrestlers, but you’ll need to bear in mind that it’s highly unlikely that this training will be available for free. If you want to take this route for training, the best thing to do is to travel your state in order to find a wrestler whose style you would like to imitate and who is also willing to train you.
Those wanting to compete in professional wrestling can also choose to major in it at college or compete for their college in wrestling matches. You can also apply for wrestling scholarships, which can help you get entry to a professional training program at a college. However, you should know that in order to be noticed and recruited, you will need to show exceptional skill and promise as a wrestler, as well as a dedication and commitment to the sport. It may be worth having some lessons with a professional prior to applying to colleges to put yourself in with a better chance.
Good luck with your career!