How to Safely Cut Weight Before a Meet
By Angela Salveo, Sports Nutrition Coach
Below is a snippet of an article that Angela Salveo, Salus Nutrition Coach, wrote an article for the Catalyst Athletics Performance Menu Magazine. To get the full guide, fill out the form below.
Cutting Weight Like A Pro
Just like your training and nutrition needs, cutting weight for a meet is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. And, surprise… it’s not for everyone.
Since some competitive weightlifters train slightly heavier than their weight class, cutting bodyweight without sacrificing performance for competition day becomes a matter of planning strategically and flexing some willpower muscles.
As you’re aware, the rules of a weightlifting meet require athletes to weigh in one or two hours before the start of the competition. With such a small window of time to rehydrate and replenish energy stores, your weight cut needs to be realistic and safe.
Are you ready to get started?
These tips will help you get organized for your weight cut, but you need to be prepared for some mental challenges along the way.
Do you know what weight class you’re choosing (see below guide in kilograms)? Before we dive in to weight-cut strategies, it’s important to set yourself up for success in the months ahead.
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Months ahead into the Week Before Competition: What is An Attainable Goal?
So, let’s say you trimmed down the fat, but you’re still not quite there. How much weight can you expect to cut in that final week…
Last Minute Techniques
Most of the weight that is lost for weigh-in day will be due to lowering glycogen stores and losing water weight. But, realize that everyone has individual differences that is going to affect how they lose fat, body weight, water weight and how it affects their performance and training load. That’s why it’s best to do a test cut and approach it with the guidance of a coach…
After the Weight Cut & Before Weigh-In
After the weight cut, you need to rehydrate properly and choose fluids wisely…