Even our most reliable training partners will not always be there all the time. They may get sick or injured. They might be away for work, family duties, or a competition. Sometimes we will have to practice on our own and make the most of our solitude. You can still practice your drills and moves by using a wrestling dummy. This inanimate object may not be as clever as your human sparring mates but they can work all day, take a great deal of abuse, and never breathe a word of complaint. Just make sure that you get a good one for best results.
Height and Weight
These are some of the most important considerations if you are planning to join a competition. If you have an idea about your future opponents, then you may want to select a dummy that matches their average heights and weights. This way, you will know what to expect and can build up your strength to counter them. You may want to buy more than one dummy so that you can practice for different body types. If a certain weight feels too heavy for you, then drop down to a lighter weight and get comfortable first before progressing.
A lot of the techniques in wrestling will hinge on your ability to hold a certain position that holds down your opponent. For instance, you might go for a submission via an armbar. Getting into this position can be tricky and clever wrestlers know how to make an escape. You can prevent them from doing so by practicing with a dummy over and over again until you have perfected it. A flexible one will be ideal as you can really lock everything in place. You can also try chokes and other holds. It would be difficult to do all these if your dummy was as stiff as cardboard.
Since you will be heaping a great deal of physical abuse on this dummy, it is likely to show signs of damage if it is not well-made. Ask around to learn what the best brands are and stick to those. A good piece of equipment should be able to last for years, allowing you to fully utilize it to your advantage. If you are buying in a store, check the quality of the stitching, the feel of the cushioning, the texture of the surface material, and so on. These are just some telltale signs to watch out for. You should also check online reviews to see which products are getting excellent feedback.