The 2 to 9 Workrate *K*


A lot of guys talk about workrate when it comes to spots. 

First, for those who are new to the business, allow me to talk about workrate. It is the ability to catch people's attention without taking bumps or hurting yourself.

One could argue that flippity-dos are equal but opposite of the workrate. Instead of catching people's attention with low risk, flippies are extremely high-risk moves. This is not the same as a high-spot, because it is usually because workers are daredevil the entire match.

Flippy's in moderation are okay, but if it's in every match someone does, it can take years off of your life and career. 

When my fiancee and I were working together and got the information on the attention span of the average person alive, it is about 7-8 seconds. We decided to use that principle when it comes to workrate, and we wanted to try doing something (not a whole spot) with a count between 2-9 seconds is likely the best cadence and yardstick to use. The count doesn't need to be fast, all you need is a mental 1-1,000 2-1000 to keep it up. The later numbers of 7-9 are when you are climbing the top rope or doing big moves.

In the event of the double-down, the referee keeps the cadence for them.

Pay attention to the length of time someone is in a submission hold. Also, keep in mind how long the pros take when simply cranking their move to bring more pain. They don't break the hold, but they crank them which captures the attention of the audience without taking bumps. People who have a nice gaga moment starting the match,  sure that you can do something within those 2-9 seconds to keep the action engaging.

The crowds in each venue have their own attention span and learning what their preferred timing is might able to get a classic flavor in a venue who likes flippity-dos.

Just try it sometime and see if it helps. I know it has helped my fiancee's performance in the ring since we put that knowledge together. Some have probably figured it out a long time ago, but this blog is supposed to put missing pieces of people's skillset to paper. It is common sense, but not a lot of it is directly taught.




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Sarah Whitaker
Sarah Whitaker

From American Idol, to the Professional Wrestling Industry, I am an eccentric adventurer hoping to change reality between my spiritual views, and my knack for solving problems.

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