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"Wrestling Tough "is much more than learning about being successful on the mat. It's for all who would like to dominate or develop a passion for any sport. Incredible reading! Get energized and be entertained at the same time," Dan GableOlympic champion and 2-time NCAA champion wrestlerOlympic and 15-time NCAA team champion wrestling coach ""Wrestling Tough "is what our sport is all about! Get an inside look at the greatest competitors in wrestling as told by Mike Chapman, the best writer in the history of the sport,"""Mark JohnsonHead Coach, University of Illinois "

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“Wrestling Tough is much more than learning about being successful on the mat. It's for all who would like to dominate or develop a passion for any sport. Incredible reading! Get energized and be entertained at the same time.”
Dan Gable
Olympic champion and 2-time NCAA champion wrestler
Olympic and 15-time NCAA team champion wrestling coach

""Wrestling Tough is what our sport is all about! Get an inside look at the greatest competitors in wrestling as told by Mike Chapman, the best writer in the history of the sport.""
Mark Johnson
Head Coach, University of Illinois

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics (August 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736056378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736056373
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very well written and easy to read.
H. S. Hallam
If you're a sucker for great stories to motivate your athletes then you'll love this book.
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I read this book to my 8 year old son.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W. Johnson on October 24, 2005
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Endorsed by the likes of Dan Gable ("Incredible reading!"), Mark Johnson ("Mike Chapman, the best writer in the history of the sport"), and Tom Brands ("a very motivational book"), I've been blown away by this book's motivating lessons of heroic battles and character building on the mat. This is a terrific book for fans, coaches, and wrestlers looking for inspiration and the techniques, tactics, and lessons for developing the X-factor for success.

It's great to have a book focusing on a sport from which participants and fans can learn so many of life's great lessons. Courageous stories from the Olympic, collegiate, and high school ranks ranging from icons like Dan Gable to underdogs like Kyle Maynard and Nick Ackerman are intertwined with tales about Muhammad Ali, Dick Butkus, Michael Jordan, Lance Armstrong and many others to reveal that one's heart and mind hold the keys to success in life. Wrestling's demands (hard work, dedication, discipline, making sacrifices, and moving past setbacks) yield wrestling's rewards (character, confidence, mental toughness and the ability to face adversity) both on and off the mat. Recommended!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By F. Carreno Jr. on October 15, 2005
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I really enjoyed the material in the book. It had lots of great wrestling history written into it as well as achievements of other great sports athletes. It was motivating and provided great insight into what mental toughness is. It shows how it is involved in every successful athletes sport. I read this book to my 8 year old son. He didn't get all of it but he enjoyed some of the stories of the historical matches and things to do with the sport of wrestling. It is an awesome book to have in our library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. S. Hallam on September 2, 2008
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First class. Very well written and easy to read. This is not just about wrestling but the mind set required to succeed in any venture in life be it sport, business or a hobby.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Isobe on November 10, 2006
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I just bought this book and read the first 5 chapters. So far, it is very inspiring and give stories of willing yourself to win, and what it take to seperate your self from the average person. Examples site stories of NCAA and Olympic wrestlers, Iowa Hawkeyes wrestling program/ Dan Gable, UFC fighters like Dan Severn, Matt Hughes, Randy Couture, etc.

I've just started wrestling in my 40's. I did Judo and Jiu Jitsu in my 30's and Kickboxing/Kung Fu in my 20's. This is not only a great book to read and get pumped up before heading out to the gym, but I've recommitted to strive to be the best in my career and family life as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craig Cummings on September 29, 2007
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This book is a great for all coaches not just wrestling. If you're a sucker for great stories to motivate your athletes then you'll love this book. It's loaded with examples of great athletes who understand that to succeed you have to work hard and train your mind and body.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dan Sotera on April 3, 2007
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This is an excellent choice for a high school wrestler. My son has increased his workouts since reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Radhames Familia-Jr on November 14, 2010
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As a person trying to climb to the top in my own sport, this book is perfect for us athletes. I have always thought I trained decently hard, but now I see I have my work cut out for me. Wrestlers are modern day gladiators, it seems to me that no one is as tough as these guys, and the readings for Wrestling Tough will prove that from Ed Banach's story going for his third NCAA title, to John Smiths triumps with broken fingers, seperated rib cartilages. This is an awesome book, and it is one of my favorite books.
We might not know what hard work is, but this book certainly puts us on the right track to finding out just what hard work truly is.
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By Matthew Dodd on March 12, 2015
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I never wrestled, and my son is in his first year of wrestling, so I wanted to read a book that would take me inside the sport of wrestling to help me understand why I have often wished I had given wrestling a shot when I was a boy. This outstanding book solidified my understanding of the mental and physical demands, and the many benefits and opportunities of wrestling. The book's insights and lessons, although focused on and derived from wrestling, extend well beyond the mat to sports in general and success in life. I recommend this book to anyone interested in or associated with wrestling, and also to anyone who has ever played competitive sports.

This book was a comprehensive analysis of what mentally tough means in wrestling, and how to develop that mental toughness. The book also made a compelling case for how wrestling experience develops skills, disciplines, and character to succeed in life outside of wrestling. The author skillfully used many great quotes, stories, and quick profiles of many of the toughest wrestling champions in U.S. history (e.g., Dan Gable, Wade Schalles, Bill Koll, Dan Hodge, John Smith, Kurt Angle, Ed and Lou Banach, Tom and Terry Brands, Bruce Baumgartner, Rulon Gardner, Cael Sanderson, Steve Fraser, Nick Ackerman, Kyle Maynard) – and also many well-known tough professional athletes and coaches (e.g., Muhammad Ali, Dick Butkus, Randy Couture, Royce Gracie, Michael Jordan, Vince Lombardi, Rocky Marciano, Bob Mathias, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Wooden) – to showcase his insights and lessons.

The book was organized into two complementary parts, with each part containing ten detail-packed chapters.
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