The Great Gama never lost a match and he competed in about 5000 wrestling matches. To this day he is considered by many as the “GREATEST” wrestler in the history.
What’s even more amazing is the Great Gama workout.
Before I break it down for you let me give you a quick idea of his physical prowess.
The Great Gama strength was noticed at an early age. By the time he was only 10 years old he had already competed in a national (India) strength and fitness competition. At this young age he was already capable of performing 500 bethaks and 500 dands. (a type of push up exercise for upper body strength)
He would also wrestle every day, even though he did not compete until he was 15.
What are these exercises you might ask?
Well a bethak is similar to a full squat. You do a bethak from a standing position… your feet in 45 degree angles. While squatting down you roll onto the ball of your feet lifting your heels off the floor. This is not an easy movement but is a great leg builder/conditioner. You should do about 60 or 80 bethaks.
In the Great Gama’s day well-known champions would do between two and three thousand bethaks a day.
Wrestlers would often perform as many as 1000 bethaks. At the very least a wrestler would do between five and eight hundred per day. (This is a great workout and it requires no equipment just your own bodyweight.)
As he got older, the Great Gama’s workout would increase to wrestling 40 wrestlers, 5000 bethaks and 3000 dands. All this was done on a daily basis.
It’s easy to see why the Great Gama was seen as being unbeatable this is a very exhausting workout. These incredible training exercises were the foundations of all the great Indian wrestlers and as the writer, Percy Longhurst wrote… “The Indian system of training has results beyond the development of great strength; it creates most remarkable powers of endurance while at the same time increasing agility.”
Finally in 1909 the Great Gama won the championship wrestling title of India in 1909.
He then traveled throughout Europe with a circus of Indian wrestlers, taking on all comers. As a result the Great Gama went on to defeat some of the most best know wrestlers of that time.
He laid down challenges to many of the greats and was willing to give up his title if defeated. Some of these great champions were the Japanese Judo champion Taro Miyake, Georges Hackenschmidt of Russia and Frank Gotch of the United States.
All of them declined the Great Gama challenge. Are you ready to tackle the Great Gama Workout?
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