Can the Buff Dudes survive an Olympic wrestling workout? | Hitting the Wall

Can the Buff Dudes survive an Olympic wrestling workout? | Hitting the Wall


Pull up. (HITTING THE WALL) (BUFF DUDES TRAIN
FOR WRESTLING) Hang on. We’ve got to save
this for the mat. OK, you’re right. I mean, we’re about
to meet Erica Wiebe here. Yeah, she’s a Canadian
Olympic wrestler. Let’s go inside, meet Erica,
have a meet and greet. Let’s do it. I’m Erica Wiebe, Canadian
freestyle wrestler and Rio 2016 Olympic champion. Being a woman in the sport
of wrestling, a traditionally
male-dominated sport, you’re constantly
challenging gender norms. You’re constantly
challenging stereotypes. And in some ways, you’re constantly
fighting for legitimacy. In the sport of wrestling,
hitting the wall has often translated
into getting taken down, again and again and again, in
training and in competition. But it’s getting up one more
time, every single time, that differentiates champions. – Hey, guys.
– Hey, how are you doing? – Good. How are you doing?
– Nice meeting you. All right, come on.
I got a table for us. So when did you first
get into wrestling? I started in grade 9. I was always like
a jock growing up. And suddenly, I was hooked. I love the physicality of it,
the technique. I don’t have a lot of
experience wrestling myself. But from what I’ve
heard, this is one of the most
gruelling sports that you can be a part of. We have a joke that
there’s nothing that a wrestler likes
to talk about more – than how hard wrestling is.
– OK, gotcha. So you’re speaking my language. You’re already
on her good side. But in the sport of wrestling,
anything can happen. It’s a combat sport. And it’s physical, and it’s
tactical and technical. And it’s all in one day
at the Olympic games. Oh, and our food has arrived. – There you go.
– Thank you. Are you guys ready
to hit the gym? – We are ready.
– Oh, yeah. – Let’s do it.
– Yeah. Hey, guys.
Welcome to the gym. So we’re starting off like
I do every day, just doing a little warm-up on the bike. And I just get the body
moving, get the heart rate up. And then I’ll go on to some
agility and some mobility, and then do the good,
hard work. – Heart’s already pumping.
– Yeah, definitely. All right, you guys
ready to get going? – Yeah, I think so.
– Yes. So the next part of my warm-up,
or one on my activation list, is med ball throw. And so I do
four different throws. So overhead forward. I’m not trying to throw
it as hard as I can, am I? – As high as you can.
– Really? Yeah, it’s according
to height, yeah. Overhand for distance. Overhand backwards
for distance. And then the squat toss. And this is geared
specifically on power. Yes, exactly.
So power explosive strength. That’s what it’s for. It’s what
wrestling is all about. All right, now we get to
the fun stuff. – You guys ready to lift?
– Yes. Oh, yeah. Let’s do it. All right, let’s put
some weight on the bar. Yeah. And so today,
we’ll do five sets of three out of our power cleans. Feels so good
to drop the weight. And then we’ll super set it
with box jumps. A lot of times,
we’ll see people say strength. I think it’s maybe
just pushing the bar. This is a completely
different story. Very functional movements, and it also tests your
cardiovascular strength too. So you’ll probably
see me and Hudson very winded throughout
this training. So we’re working on
that power endurance and so creating that powerful
explosive use of strength. But again, and again,
and again. – Yeah.
– Yeah. Over the course of six months, which is what a wrestling
match is all about. Freestyle wrestling is a lot
about the takedowns, correct? Exactly. So it’s
a six-minute match. And you got to
have a lot of power to bend someone
against their will. Oh, yeah. Definitely. So you got to have a lot of
endurance, a lot of power, a lot of strength. A lot of
grit. A little bit of everything. Yeah, a lot in there,
isn’t there? – Yeah.
– Here we go. Talking about grit. I’m just running
on grit right now. Oh, nice. There we go. All right, so next
on the docket, we have some nice pin squats. You know, squatting and
lower body strength is really important
in my sport. But we like to think
about being strong at different heights,
different ranges of motion. And so we do pin squats. In the sport of
wrestling, I’m going to be taking down
your legs like this and I’ve got to be strong
lifting from that position. – Hudson was backing up.
– I was. I actually got scared. So I’ll do pin squats
on the back. So just getting down
into the rack, you’re just coming
up from the depth. And down. Are you releasing your tension? Yes. OK, so each time,
release and then… So it’s like kind of
de-loading. Letting the bar hit the pins. And coming back up from
that bottom position. Come on, hamstrings. Yeah, so that was in that
eccentric loading on the way down that you get in
a typical squat, this time, you have to
activate the muscles and create that strength
and power from the bottom. So it’s a little different way
of thinking and mix it up. Definitely different, yeah. And really applicable
in my sport. Absolutely. Chest up. Oh, nice. And you know, it’s really
important for the ladies and for the guys to have good,
strong lower body, you know. That’s what we all like. Every day is leg day
for me personally. That’s true. It shows. That is a great motto to have. And you’re right, it does show. All right, guys.
So just to finish off, we’re going to do one little
overload challenge. This is something
that I did to prepare that kind of cardiovascular
system for what’s required
in wrestling. Three, two, one, go. Fast feet, fast feet,
fast feet, fast feet. Shuffle left,
right, left, right. Sprawl. Fast feet, fast feet. Spin. Sprawl. Spin. Sprawl. Shuffle left, shuffle right,
shuffle left. Sprawl. Fast feet, fast feet,
fast feet. Sprawl. Done. All right, guys. I think now maybe you’re
ready for the real work. And are you guys ready
to go to my wrestling room? Freestyle wrestling
is one of two types of wrestling at the Olympics. Along with Greco-Roman
wrestling, it has a pretty long history
as part of the games. But women’s freestyle
wrestling wasn’t introduced until over
100 years later, in 2004. Each bout is made up of
two three-minute sessions, and points are awarded
depending on a number of factors, like takedowns,
reversals, and exposures. All right, guys. Now we’re here at the
University of Calgary. I’m going to run you
through a little warm-up, and we’re going
to get wrestling. Let’s do it. All we’re going to be doing
is sprawl and penetrate. The next thing
we’re going to do is we’re going to do bear
crawl but piggy back. So this is another kind of
sports specific just warm-up little exercises that we do. Nice. Good. You know, it’s really
working together as a team. And it’s really hard. You guys have been so tested. A lot of fun now, though. I get the easy job. Come on, get up. All right, last couple,
we’re going to do some hop over
shoot throughs. All right, guys,
so we’ve warmed up. We’re ready to go. I have
three challenges for you. Best two out of three
will take home the Hitting The Wall medal. Good luck, red wrestler.
Good luck, blue wrestler. – Let the games begin.
– Thanks. (BEST OUT OF 3
HUMAN TUG-OF-WAR) All right, the first
challenge is human tug-of-war. The first person to
step off the line loses. Go! Oh! Hudson is the winner! All right. Second game. So you’re going to be in
a nice little frog stance. And you’re going to be
only touching your palms. And you’re going to be trying
to push one another over. The first person to touch their
hands to the ground loses. – OK.
– All right. Go! This is a battle royale. Who is going to win?
I think Hudson… Oh! Hudson, you’re down. All right. It’s winner takes all.
Last one. So what we’re going to do
now is we’re going to play a little Sumo challenge, OK? First person to step
over the line loses. And the person who wins
gets this beautiful Hitting The Wall medal. – You ready, wrestlers?
– Yeah. Go! We have a winner! Whoo! – Congrats, red wrestler.
– Thank you. We’re ready to watch
you wrestle. – All right.
– At the 2020 games. We’re rooting for
you all the way. Thanks, guys. Tokyo 2020.
That’s my goal. That was intense.
It was hard core. This is the camera for winners. Yes, I’m happy. I won something. I was really impressed with
Brandon and Hudson in the gym this morning.
They’re really strong guys. But as we got into the
wrestling specific movements when we were in
the wrestling room, I noticed that they were
a little uncomfortable. And they’re just unfamiliar
with those movements. I was very intimidated
right off the bat. Wrestling is such
a physical sport. And just because we’re
in the gym quite often, doesn’t exactly mean we’re up
for that level of intensity that they provide. I’d love to take some
time with them and teach them
a little bit more. I think they have
lots of promise. So is was really fun
to share with them the passion that I have
for the sport of wrestling. Next time on Hitting
The Wall… We’re training with
Olympic rower Tom. – Can we keep up?
– Let’s find out.

100 Replies to “Can the Buff Dudes survive an Olympic wrestling workout? | Hitting the Wall”

  1. Which Olympic sport do you think has the hardest workout? Check out the full Hitting the Wall series – http://bit.ly/2SC1dxa

  2. How about boxing, im a boxer, and it would be super cool to see one with like shakur Stevenson, He was our Olympic silver medalist for USA in 2016 or even charlessa shields who won 2 medals for usa.

  3. She looks great, underlining the fact that hardcore working out makes a man look more like a man and a woman look more like a woman. IMO, in terms of overall fitness, the top three sports would be, in alphabetical order, basketball, boxing, and wrestling.

  4. how about a wrestling practice? You can dominate the workouts in this video and still not be close to having the cardio and strength endurance required to wrestle a match. Let these guys do 20 minutes of live wrestling and see how long they last.

  5. Would have been good to see some actual wrestling, we only got a 1% look at it in the “sumo” challenge. Maybe she could have showed them some takedowns or proper drills they use. Expected more from this, disappointed

  6. Stfu about gender norms. If you want equality then act like it and stop pointing out that youre a girl who accomplished something 😂

  7. high school wrestling is harder than this
    45 mins running
    15 mins stretching/warm-up
    30 mins new drills technique
    30 mins practicing the new moves
    20 mins up-down (sprawls drills)
    15 mins suicides
    15 mins open wrestling
    10 mins re-cap for the day

    i started wrestling weighing almost 260 LBS at 5'6
    lost over 100 pounds in 9 months my junior (first) year
    and lost 35 pounds my senior (second) year

  8. This is not a wrestling workout. I wrestled for 12 years of my life. Its a workout when you've ran a few miles of stairs for a warm up, followed by live wrestling meat grinders/calisthenics. Once the walls of the room are sweating more than you and your body is drenched head to toe then only now have you survived a wrestling practice.

  9. This is not even close to what wrestlers do….. All of that is barley even warm ups. A good warmup is wrestling live for 20 minutes, sprints, and reviewing, turns, takedowns, pins, stance, control tide..

  10. I’m actually a pretty good high school wrestler with good winning record I’m not saying I’m too notch but I’m not a scrub or nothin but one time I was wrestling this REALLY good girl and she pinned me in the most confusing way possible

  11. You should’ve have them do a full match that would’ve been fun to watch because they don’t know what they are doing

  12. So I’m a huge wrestler I am 13 and I’ve did it since I was 7 and I am a state qualifier and looking to place in OAC. I as well do football, lacrosse, baseball, shotput, and discus. They don’t even come close in the physicality or energy used. It is a great sport because you can bench 450 lbs and still lose because of experience. It’s a great sport because it teaches you how to defend yourself, gives you confidence, and teaches you how to lose. If you’re a young wrestler reading this… stick with it

  13. Erica is an awesome wrestler. I do wish though that they would represent wrestling with the whole workout they do.
    What i'm concerned with is the masses out their in the social media gyn workout circles thinking "I'm doing the WRESTLER workout now!" and then thinking what these guys went through is all there is… because there's a lot more to it.
    I know I know… they need something everyone can watch and try, and they gotta keep it friendly and fun. They also probably assume then can't go past 10 minutes or do any actual wrestling on there.
    Wrestling is a huge part of the workout, and I want to see those guys have at least many short bouts with trying to stay on their feet against some decent college folkstyle wrestlers, go climb rope and then run stadium stairs and back for more mat work. I want to see them get to the point of puking and how a real wrestling workout is like.
    Please represent this sport the way we all finally should; like the thousands of years old, foundation of fight science it truly is. It's been neglected in the U.S. for approximately 100 years, mostly because of mass media keeping it vague and avoiding understanding the details. Don't help continue that problem.

  14. People saying there was no wrestling done, its because those two buff guys probably would have given Erica a much harder bout then they wanted to show, if not beat her

  15. so…. no one can appreciate the video for what it is and what it has to offer ?
    ask yourself why you're so negative.
    some of you act like you've been insulted and you sound angry.
    if you have something better to post then post it. And cheer up.

  16. They used the same workout templete that almost every "athlete" on youtube uses. If this gets more people into wrestling I'll be glad but it's more likely going to make people look down on wrestling as less than it is.

  17. My high school wrestling practice is way harder these guys would hate it for 3.5 hr of their life conditioning is key

  18. Bro I’m not gonna lie this isn’t a wrestling workout… I think she prolly felt bad for them so she just made it easier

  19. Olympic Woman's Wrestling is not Olympic Free Stye Wrestling , it is sad that IOC channel even cant name Olympic disciplines correctly 🙁 .

  20. The reason people are disappointed in this video is because these guys did not experience real wrestling. And yes I know that wrestlers do non wrestling workouts, but no one cares about that.

  21. And of course the video starts with the obligatory "male-dominated activity", "challenging stereotypes" and other bullcrap. Could we skip that just one time, please?

  22. Did they do something off-camera that wasn't mentioned? This doesn't seem like a good approximation of Olympic wrestling training, and makes it look like the guys are faking

  23. GEEZ! That was a walk in the park. No sexism here, but if that was really supposed to be realistic, they should've tried a male team practice. For me, all of that is not even enough of a warm up.

    5:40 is not a sprawl, by the way. That's actually a burpee.

  24. She showed humility by not putting them through the ringer, I'm pretty sure she could have been "The Wall" if she wanted to. Wrestling will make any man or woman reconsider what tough really is

  25. Why must it always be challenging the "gender norms"? If women want to wrestle? Let 'em, it's no different than other sports for the women's side of things.

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