Wrestling is one of the few activities in which athletes utilize almost every muscle group in the body. Others include swimming and yoga, the latter of which has been taken up by a Chicago-area wrestling team as a way to get fit and flexible through the use of ki energy techniques.
According to the Chicago Tribune, wrestlers at Glenbard West High School take weekly yoga classes in order to stay loose and limber. The trend began when assistant coach Pat McCluskey tried a beginner's Chicago yoga class at a friend's suggestion.
"I thought, man, this is so difficult, it really mimics a wrestling match," he told the news source "There's no one judging you except yourself, and [it's] the same thing with wrestling: You're the only one that knows if you're really giving your all."
McCluskey's wrestlers added that even though yoga classes initially felt like torture, the team now looks forward to coming to its weekly sessions. Reportedly, several other Chicago-area wrestling teams have taken up yoga and ki energy techniques too, as a way to get a competitive edge.