As if the sport of wrestling wasn’t tough enough, guys make it even tougher by cutting insane amounts of weight by starving, dehydrating, running in plastics, sitting in saunas, spitting in cups… and other crazy methods.
These old-school weight cutting methods are unsafe and ineffective… especially when you consider that most wrestlers’ body’s are still growing!
The problem is that cutting weight through these old methods makes you weak, tired, sick and prone to injuries.
I’ve spent the past 20 + years studying and testing better methods to cut weight without sacrificing your strength, speed, energy… and health!
A common mistake that most wrestlers make when they are cutting weight is to eat very little or nothing at all for a day or two at a time. BIG MISTAKE! Doing this week in and week out eats your muscle and makes you weak and tired.
The secret is to eat certain types of foods that will actually help you make weight-cutting easier. These are foods that are nutrient-dense… which means they have a lot of nutrition without you having to eat a lot of food at one time. I’ve discovered that when you eat more of these foods you can cut weight faster than ever…. IT’S TRUE!
Most wrestlers and coaches get this one all wrong. They think that you have to dehydrate your body by not drinking any water in order to cut weight. This is the worst thing you could do to your body!
Cutting weight by dehydrating (not drinking water), sitting in saunas and running in plastics will make you weak, tired and increase the risk of injuries. Your muscles are made up of mostly water so when you don”t allow your body to have any water, you are making your muscles weak.
What you really need to do is ‘taper’ your water consumption in the days before you weigh-in. This allows you to make weight every time without sacrificing your strength and energy or injuries.
Unlike other sports that require weight-cutting, wrestlers don”t usually have the benefit of a ”24 hour” time between weighing-in and competing. Wrestlers usually have to wrestle very soon after weighing-in. That means you have to be able to fuel up your body very quickly after you weigh-in.
The best way to do this is to eat foods that allow you to keep your blood-sugar stable. This allows you to keep your strength and energy without getting that ‘tired’ feeling.
One of the huge problems with traditional weight-cutting methods is that your muscle starts to get broken down by the body and used as food! When your body thinks it’s starving it will ‘protect’ itself by trying to hold on to body fat while using lean muscle tissue as an energy source.
The best thing to do is to ‘supplement’ your muscles with amino acids that will protect your muscles, and prevent them from being broken down. It’s like tricking your body into… Read more…