If you’re like me you may have an interest in an athletes physique and an even greater interest in what type of training they do. Especially in the field of professional wrestling where they are on the road a lot you may be wondering how do they maintain such peak physical condition?
Lets take a look at both ends of the spectrum when it comes to a Superstars physique. On one end you have Daniel Bryan while on the other end you have Randy Orton and John Cena. If we move further along the spectrum we come across the likes of Batista and Triple H.
You probably think that these guys must lift weights most days of the week to maintain their condition or else they will lose their size and definition? This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Looking at their booking schedule as well as their time on the road plus script meetings, planning, practicing, media appearances, sleeping, rehab, etc it’s almost impossible to fit training in each day. Furthermore what about the beating their bodies take every second night at a WWE event? Surely they need time to recover?
And recover they do. Looking at the requirements of a WWE Superstar they need to be in top condition aesthetically but this is not the end of it. More than anything their recovery plays a bigger part such as stretching, nutrition, ice baths, and massages.
Once these Superstars have spent the early part of their lives training to become professional wrestlers and build a body that’s worthy of putting up on a billboard they actually don’t spend as much time in the gym as many people think.
Sure they may do a squat and bench press when the cameras are around for documentary purposes but I can safely say they’d be spending more time practicing the outcomes of their next match.
The bottom line is that it doesn’t take endless amounts of hours in the gym to maintain the bodies you see every night on your TV screen. Sure it takes years to get there but once they are there it’s more about maintenance rather than building.
Keeping all things equal & supplementation out of the equation the bodies that these Superstars possess are genetic. Daniel Bryan will never have the height of Kane. Triple H will never have the flexibility of Rey Mysterio, and El Torito will never have the strength of Batista.
Sure they can lift weights and eat plenty of food to put on muscle and sculpt their bodies but (again keeping all things equal) this is limited by their genetic potential. You and I are the same. Some people can get a six pack and some people can’t. We can do our best to get close but that’s about it.
We can spend hours upon hours in the gym thinking this is what we have to do to have a Superstar body but in actual fact we don’t need as much time as you think…but this is for another blog.
In the era of Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, and The Rock size played a big part in the popularity of a wrestler but have a look at the hysteria that Daniel Bryan has created. What about the following that Rey Mysterio has built?
These days people are more interested in the ‘show’ itself and the effort and skill that these Superstars possess rather than how big their biceps are.
This is what’s got the WWE baffled at the moment. They’ve got guys like Ryback, Orton, Batista, and Titus O’Neil who can’t seem to get a lucky break from the audience. They chant for Bryan, Mysterio, and El Torito!
Why? Because the body these days isn’t as important as it used to be. As these Superstars become more skilled and perform death defying acts the body has less relevance than the outcome.
I have great respect for what these Superstars put their bodies through. They perform almost every night unlike other sports where they play one game a week and have a training, eating, and recovery schedule more detailed than the bible. Unfortunately these Superstars don’t get that luxury.
They are out there every night performing for the fans because they just love what they do.
What do you think? Comment below with your thoughts, opinions, feedback and anything else that was raised.
About Christian Marchegiani: Christian M is the founder of Anti Bullying organisation ‘Underdogs’ and currently works as the boxing coach for the Sydney Swans, Australian Cricketers, & numerous Olympic Athletes. He has been the Fitness Coach on Channel 9’s Excess Baggage TV series and hosts his own radio show on health & fitness. He also represents the WWE in Australia for their Be A STAR programme.