A Quick Word: Weightclass, Weightloss and Cutting.

June 24, 2013

I usually steer clear of the whole diet and weightloss situation while writing because people get so damn worked up over the subject.  Also, the last thing the internet needs is another self-proclaimed diet expert giving blanket advice to people he doesn’t know.  However, after competing in weightclass sports for almost a decade, I have developed a little insight on diet, weight and their relationship to MY OWN performance.

To start, if you are a beginner in the sport, meaning you’re prepping for your first or even fifth local contest or you’re trying to just barely make the national total for the first time, YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS WORRYING ABOUT WEIGHTCLASS OR CUTTING WEIGHT TO MAKE A LOWER WEIGHTCLASS.  NONE. NO BUSINESS.  Do not worry about what other people are doing.  Only yourself.  You’re business is making gains.  Your business is building consistency and learning the natural ebb and flow found within training.  Only once you have established a consistent set of training PRs and meet PRs should you start worrying about weightclass.

That being said, I have been steadily moving myself down toward the 105kg class for the better part of 3 months.  That actually is my original weightclass.  I competed as a 105 for about 6 years until I decided, “Fuck it.  I’m going to clean and jerk 180.  Nothing else matters.”    I eventually did at a bodyweight of around 123kg.  The greatest bodyweight I reached during this 2-3 year period was 126kg last November.  I’ve been moving myself down slowly with a diet mostly built around common sense and ketosis.

This past Saturday I made a weeklong “cut” to 105kg.  For my non-metric readers, I started out last Sunday at 246lbs and then cut down to 231lbs.  By definition, a “cut” is not done for health purposes as there is nothing healthy about it for you.  I achieved this weightloss though water manipulation and then eventually restriction and a calorie restricted diet.  I do not recommend doing this as it will definitely impact your performance on meet day.  As I said before, I’ve been doing this for a long time and I really had nothing to lose.  I had already qualified for nationals as a 105+ and I wanted to qualify again as a 105.  The humorous part about this is that I’d most likely place better as a 105+.  So I’ll probably decide to lift as a super even though I’m going to continue my gradual weight loss.  I feel my strongest AND healthiest around 108kg. so I’ll probably hop back and forth between the two weightclasses for the rest of my career.

A good test if I need to lose weight is if a set of muscle-ups actually feels difficult.  If so, fattie needs to drop some weight.

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