"Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is easy." -Dan Gable

Wrestling and the Bench Press

By Matthew Wernikoff I often hear coaches tell their athletes that they shouldn’t bench press.  They tell their athletes that wrestling is a “pull” sport and benching is for “press” sports such as football.  They also argue that since you never want to be on your back in wrestling you shouldn’t perform a lift that you have to perform from your back. Wrestling is not … Continue reading

Why Football Players Should Wrestle

By Matthew Wernikoff Recently I was asked by a parent whether or not his son should continue to wrestle.  A Junior, for a good football program in NY, he was already receiving several scholarship offers from Division I football programs.  The father felt that his son benefited from wrestling but the son felt that he should just focus on the sport he was going to play … Continue reading

Why Football Players Should Wrestle: Part II

Why Football Players Should Wrestle: Part II By Matthew Wernikoff and Dan Wernikoff In Part I of “Why Football Players Should Wrestle’ I discussed physical, mental, and physiological attributes that benefit football players who participate in the sport of wrestling. In this section I will discuss some of these skills in greater detail.  The conditioning and strength requirements for wrestling greatly benefit football players in … Continue reading

Clock Wrestling

Google+ by Matthew Wernikoff After deciding not to return as Woodlands High School’s Head Wrestling Coach I began working with my best friend and mentor, Tod Giles, at his club Wrestling Dynamics.  Togther we grew the club and I was privledged to have learned many things from him.  He had an intellectual approach to the sport of wrestling the was uncanny. Many of my wrestlers … Continue reading

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." -Aristotle

Welcome to my page!

My name is Matthew Wernikoff, and I am Sports Performance Coach at Champion Athletes and a wrestling coach at Apex Wrestling School in New Jersey. I strive to help athletes achieve their goals on and off the mat. With over 12 years of experience working with children ages 4 through college, I have dedicated my life to ensuring that athletes reach their full potential. To read more about me click here.

Champion Athletes

Champion Athletes is the premier Sports Nutrition and Sports Performance company in the tri-state area. Check out their page on my site or visit their website to find out why athletes from New York, New Jersey and as far away as Florida, Alabama and Virginia have been flocking to our Kenilworth facility for help with their sports nutrition and training needs!

Apex Wrestling School

Apex Wrestling School is one of the premier wrestling school's in the country. With three locations Apex draws members from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The Apex system teaches young wrestlers the techniques, strategies and mental preparation they are going to need to succeed in high school and college. Apex provides wrestling classes for beginners as young as 4 years old through experienced college wrestlers.
Thank you for taking the time to check out my website. If you have any questions about strength and conditioning, wrestling instruction, sports nutrition or anything else please feel free to contact me at anytime. I will do my best to answer all questions quickly and thoroughly and if I don't have the answer I will try to point you in the direction of someone who can. - Matthew Wernikoff