Making Weight for Competitions

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We’ve all seen it. Heavily muscled men who step on the scales only for the number called out to be far less than some of our pudgier counterparts whilst thinking to ourselves “How does he weigh that little with all that muscle?”

In most fight sports weight classes are the norm and men/women only fight within a certain class or category as they call it. A sample weight class listing for amateur boxing below shows some of the weight classes.

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 Amateur boxing weight classes for men:

  1. Light flyweight 106 lbs/48 kg
  2. Flyweight 112 lbs/51 kg
  3. Bantamweighy 119 lbs/54 kg
  4. Feather weight 125 lbs/57 kg
  5. Lightweight 132 lbs/60 kg
  6. Light welterweight 141 lbs/64 kg
  7. Welterweight 152 lbs/69 kg
  8. Middleweight 165 lbs/75 kg
  9. Light Heavyweight 178 lbs/81 kg
  10. Heavyweight 201 lbs/91 kg
  11. Super heavy weight201+ lbs/91+ kg

Many would ask why they would subject themselves to rigorous dieting and water control just for a few extra kilos. A few extra kilos in the ring usually makes for a harder hitting as well a bigger and more intidimadating fighter. The drastic weight cuts are usually kept to the professional ranks though due to the nature of the weigh-in. For amateur fighters the weigh in is the day itself and thus gives them very little time to rehydrate and regain all that lost weight before their fight whereas most professionals weigh in the day before their fight thus allowing them up to 24 hours to regain their strength. For those of you wanting to experience the suffering (and trust me the day you realize you need to drop more than 3kg for a fight suffering will definitely ensue) heres a sample plan on how to cut weight for competitions.

*****The weight cut stated is based on water manipulation and not intended for use as a fat loss / healthy weight loss protocol. All weight loss is short term and only intended for usage at a weigh-in.

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The Weight Cut Schedule

SUNDAY
Carbs: Less than 50 grams per day. No fruit, starches, or sugars.
Protein and Fat: As much as you want in 3 meals
Water: 2 gallons
Salt: None

MONDAY
Carbs: Less than 50 grams per day. No fruit, starches, or sugars.
Protein and Fat: As much as you want in 3 meals
Water: 1 gallon
Salt: None

TUESDAY
Carbs: Less than 50 grams per day. No fruit, starches, or sugars.
Protein and Fat: As much as you want in 3 meals
Water: 1 gallon
Salt: None

WEDNESDAY
Carbs: Less than 50 grams per day. No fruit, starches, or sugars.
Protein and Fat: As much as you want in 3 meals
Water: 0.5 gallon
Salt: None
Sauna in afternoon

THURSDAY
Carbs: Less than 50 grams per day. No fruit, starches, or sugars.
Protein and Fat: As much as you want in 3 meals
Water: 0.25 gallon
Salt: None
Sauna in afternoon for 30 minutes, hot water bath at night

FRIDAY (WEIGH IN AT 6PM)
Carbs: Less than 50 grams per day. No fruit, starches, or sugars.
Protein and Fat: Eat 2 very small meals until weigh in
Water: None till weigh-in
Salt: None
Sauna until weight is met

 

Till next time! – AJ

 

 

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