Wrestling News: Jordan Burroughs is one of the fittest athletes in the world. In February, he was named amongst the fittest athletes in the world by Sports Illustrated. Ranked eighth in the list of 50 sportspersons, he is the only wrestler in top 10s. Keeping true to his name and trait, he shared pictures of his intense gym session on Instagram.
He wrote, “The work never gets easier, you just get better. I’ve been wrestling since I was six years old, and I’m still in the lab finding ways to improve. Every year before the start of the season, I ask myself, “Is it worth it?” Am I willing to put in the amount of work that it will take to be the best in the world? The answer is always Yes.”
He added, “I’m 32. I could quit now, be a Hall or Famer, and reflect on all the good times in a legendary career. But I’m not built like that. I’m designed for the challenge”.
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The work never gets easier, you just get better. I’ve been wrestling since I was six years old, and I’m still in the lab finding ways to improve. Every year before the start of the season, I ask myself, “Is it worth it?” Am I willing to put in the amount of work that it will take to be the best in the world? The answer is always “Yes.” • I’m 32. I could quit now, be a Hall or Famer, and reflect on all the good times in a legendary career. But I’m not built like that. I’m designed for the challenge. So as I wake up sore this morning, feeling the pain of 26 years in this sport, I remind myself of this — I’d rather live with the ache of hard work, than the pain of regret. I’m not going anywhere. Special thanks to the good people @weckmethod for taking the time to get me right. We only get better from here. -JB 📸: @leviventura.photo
So what’s the secret recipe of Burroughs’ fitness?
In an interview with Gillette, he had talked about his preparation for the 2012 Olympics and the challenges he faced during it. He talked about how he trained himself mentally and what kind of lifestyle he followed for the Games.
“The basic challenge for me while preparing for Olympic wrestling was to remain focussed. Playing at the Olympics was the pinnacle of my wrestling career and the first thing I did was adapt to a healthier lifestyle. To compete at the highest level of the sport it is necessary to be best condition physically and mentally and a healthy lifestyle helps in achieving that goal.”
“One thing I always specifically focus on is building strength and cardio at the same time. I like to balance things out as it keeps me in the best shape. Since a lot of wrestling is done on the mat so I work a lot of takedowns and turns. Spartan race is one of the best ways to build strength and cardio and it helps me in the best way possible.”
Burroughs while mentioning about his go-to workouts to build strength and cardio and said “Ropes, box jumps and shoulder press are the best combination. “Ropes help me build shoulder strength and condition the shoulders and arms, the box jumps helps strengthen the leg. The shoulder press helps in increasing shoulder upper body strength.”
Burroughs’ first international title came at the 2011 World Championships held at Istanbul. Burroughs won gold in the 74kg freestyle wrestling. He became world champion in 2013, 2015 and 2017, and bagged a bronze at the 2014 and 2018 world championships.
The American also won a gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics but could not replicate his performance in 2016 Rio Games. He was placed ninth in the competition and has been on a lookout for another Olympic medal since then.
Burroughs finished with a bronze at the 2018 World Championships and is now working toward the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The wrestler is working on new techniques and focusing on building explosiveness and get less bulky, reported Sports Illustrated.