Wrestling is performance art, and as such the costumes should tell a story. Professional wrestlers, in particular, are assigned the difficult task of entertaining their audience while competing in a tremendously physical match. It is to their wrestling gear, therefore, that the task of revealing character and telling a story is left. Wrestling gear's importance cannot be overlooked, but luckily is amazingly simple to make.
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Things you need
- Protective equipment including knee pads, elbow pads and a cup for males
- Non-obstructive clothing
- Accessories for wearing with clothing
- Wrestling shoes or boots
Put on underwear. Yes, this is important and needs to be mentioned because much wrestling gear already looks like underwear. This extra layer will make it less likely to be exposed when an opponent tugs at your bottoms to lift themselves off the mat or keep you from running away. For female wrestlers, low-rise underwear is preferred over thongs, as there are many bending movements involved with the sport.
For males, wear a cup. It's logical and there's no easy way around it, so go to your local sports supply store and pick one out that fits properly to protect your groin area.
Choose clothing you can work out in. These should not be overly baggy or obstructive and can range from street clothes like John Cena's to singlet's like Rob Van Dam's to speedos like Randy Orton's. Here's a list of suggestions: speedos or wrestling trunks, bike shorts, tights, singlets, track trousers, yoga trousers, any T-shirt, stretchy jean shorts, skirts and hoodies.
Put on protective equipment, including knee pads and elbow pads. Other equipment such as helmets, wristbands and mouth guards are optional in most professional wrestling contests, but not in competitive or amateur wrestling. Know the rules and regulations of the company or tournament that you are in.
Collect a few non-inhibiting accessories--caution tape, duct tape, secure masks, acrylic stickers, body paint. These can be fashioned to clothing or wrestlers for added detail or to establish a gimmick.
Wear wrestling shoes or athletic boots that go above the ankle. Wrestling is a sport that requires added ankle support, and the shoes should ideally be lightweight, bendable and have the same traction as a bare foot. For a great selection, try prowrestlingboots.com.
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