Direct message us now via our Facebook page to schedule a tryout to begin training with us!
Participants of the tryout should read this entire page before participating.
Prospective new students who are seriously interested in beginning training to become pro wrestlers are invited. No prior wrestling training needed. You will be accepted as a student at our gym only after performing well and behaving professionally in a physical tryout.
Those who participated in previous tryouts but did not succeed are encouraged to try again.
The tryout will be very physically demanding. It’s unlikely you will actually enter the ring during the tryout. You will be expected to do many physical exercises to determine whether you are prepared to begin pro wrestling training. It is essential that you are already in excellent physical condition.
We strongly recommend you see your doctor before participating in this tryout, or beginning any training with us whatsoever, to determine whether you are healthy enough for vigorous physical exercise such as pro wrestling training.
If you prove at this tryout you are in the appropriate physical shape to begin training, future training sessions are $20 per session or unlimited sessions for $80 per month. Please see our home page for days and hours our gym is open.
What happens at a tryout?
The exercises you will be asked to perform may include but are not limited to those below. The tryout will be performed roughly in this order:
- 50 jumping jacks
- “The Opening Prayer”: with as little rest as possible between each set:
- 15 squat-thrusts
- 25 push-ups
- 15 squat-thrusts
- 50 free squats
- 15 squat thrusts
- Wall sits: sitting with your back flat against a wall as if you’re sitting in a chair, but obviously without a chair, only supporting yourself with your legs. In three sets of:
- 60 seconds
- 30 seconds
- 45 seconds
- Up and down two flights of stairs:
- 1 set skipping 1 step when going up
- 1 set skipping 2 steps when going up
- Carrying a 75lb heavy bag up and down two flights of stairs:
- 3 sets (no skipping stairs)
- Squat & pull drill:
- 3 sets, 30 seconds each
- 1-minute tests:
- Complete as many free squats as you can in 60 seconds
- Complete as many push-ups as you can in 60 seconds
- Complete as many sit-ups as you can in 60 seconds
- *The numbers of reps you’re able to complete will be a major determining factor as to whether you will be considered to have passed the tryout and will be allowed to begin further training.
- “Cards”. The number on the playing card will determine the number of reps. We go through all 52 cards. Exercises will be determined by:
- Black-suited cards: push-ups
- Red-suited cards: free squats
- All jacks: 15 squat-thrusts
- All face cards: 10 reps
- All aces: 15 reps
Except for carrying the heavy bag on the stairs, these are all exercises you can easily practice at home. We strongly recommend you practice these regularly before the tryout. If you don’t know what a squat thrust is or what good form for these exercises are, Google it.
Many who have taken tryout have not been able to complete it in a reasonable amount of time or have chosen to quit midway through. When the tryout is complete, even if you do not quit, the trainers will make a decision solely at their discretion whether you will be accepted as a new student.
There are no refunds for the tryout. If you quit during the tryout or are not accepted as a new student, your fee will not be refunded. If you do not pass the tryout, you are encouraged to take the tryout again at a later date.
Why do we do tryouts?
We require new students to demonstrate a certain level of physical fitness before beginning training for a number of reasons:
- For your sake: We believe people who are in good physical condition are less likely to be injured. Pro wrestling is a difficult and competitive craft. To succeed at any level of pro wrestling, you need to be in excellent physical condition. Becoming ready for your first match requires months of training. Even if you committed to the training, it’s unlikely you would get any quality bookings if you aren’t very athletic.
- For our sake: It’s probably true that if we accepted anyone who wanted to train, our gym would be more profitable. But cultivating the best possible learning environment is a priority for our gym, above profit. By only accepting new students who are likely to excel, our training sessions can be run at a higher level, with more attention given to each student. It also better ensures our students have training partners who are safer and more conducive for learning with.
- For the sake of wrestling: We believe enforcing a physical fitness standard gives us a better shot at creating good pro wrestlers. If we produced wrestlers who weren’t any good, it would contribute to the wealth of poorly-trained wrestlers who already exist in wrestling. Producing poor wrestlers would hurt the reputation of wrestling in general, as well as our gym’s reputation. We strive to provide an excellent learning environment for new wrestling students and for those who have already begun.
What you should know about pro wrestling training in general
Ours gym is led by pro wrestlers who have experience wrestling hundreds of matches in independent promotions throughout the region. We do not pretend to have had experience working for WWE or other major promotions. We offer an opportunity to learn in an environment with a high standard of training from trainers who have earned an outstanding reputation, not just as wrestlers but as teachers; and the opportunity to get your start at pro wrestling at the local independent level.
If you have any questions regarding the tryout, please message us on our Facebook page.