Training Technique of the Week: Partner Recline Pulls

Updated: October 4, 2011

By Scott Goodpaster

The partner recline pull engages both wrestlers at the same time.  It’s an excellent exercise that works the back musculature, grip and also targets the posterior chain of the wrestler performing the recline pull. 

The top wrestler really uses their back and hips to stabilize the bent-over position.  Make sure the bottom wrestler keeps a straight alignment of the ankles, knees, hips, back and neck.

Pull your body up until your hands are at the sides of the chest. The top wrestler places feet at the bottom wrestler’s armpits.  Be sure to keep a straight back. It’s imperative to use a partner around the same weight.

Pulling as well as specific grip strength is an important component of wrestling.  Notice the grip you need to perform partner recline pulls. Perform 3 sets of 10-20 reps.

Scott Goodpaster, is the Director of Cincinnati Functional Fitness, an MMA Certified Strength & Conditioning coach and n ationally recognized in the field of Strength & Conditioning for wrestlers.