It is easy to see how training wrestling technique and working out in the gym can benefit and improve Ari’s physical conditioning. However a very important and sometimes overlooked component is REST. For all the time spent training, the body has to take time to repair micro-damage to muscles caused by heavy lifting and wrestling. Without proper rest and recovery the body can’t keep up and performances will slowly decrease as the body’s ability to adapt is impeded.
Key factors for Ari’s recovery include:
- Adaquate Sleep (quantity and quality)
- Proper nutrition
- Appropriate therapy
- Adequate time for rest
Without the above factors, the body may not respond optimally to training and could result in “over-training”. It is a delicate balance between knowing what is pushing the body to the physical limits on a daily basis but not going beyond the limits to have counter-productive results. Ari relies on a team of support staff including coaches, exercise physiologists, therapists, sport psychologists, and lets not forget family and friends to help him on his way to realizing his dream of wining an Olympic medal!