Did you know that when you cut weight you are twice as likely to get injured in wrestling?
The process of cutting weight can leave a wrestler completely open for injuries. It has to due with being over-trained and under-nourished.
Wrestlers tend to cut weight by reducing their food to very small amounts or none at all. Then they dehydrate their bodies by avoiding water... and even using saunas, spitting, and plastics while jogging.
This crap is for the birds... You can't possibly compete as well as an athlete under these stress conditions. Your body simply won't allow it.
So what can you do about it??
The answer lies in doing just the opposite of what you think you know to be true...
Instead of starving your body, be sure to get 5 or 6 meals in daily that consist of 'nutrient-dense' foods. These are foods that contain tons of useful calories that your body can use for fuel.
This will keep your blood sugar stable. You need this because your body will use fat as fuel, not muscle. When wrestlers starve themselves to make weight, they then binge after making weight. This binge eating is a result of the body 'freaking out' because you've been denying it nutrition... and it has been eating your own muscle for energy.
The problem with this post-weighing-in binge, is that your body will crave crap foods because it wants calories, and you tend to give it crap food to satisfy the cravings. The problem continues because you aren't giving your body the nutrition it needs... simply empty calories. This vicious cycle adds body fat and catabolizes lean muscle tissue.
The result is a weakened condition, leaving you susceptible to injury...
When you eat nutrient dense foods, you will be able to eat more food than ever and still make weight! This is because nutrient-dense foods keep the blood sugar stable, as well as the hormone levels and leptin in the muscle cells. You also keep the muscle cells full of glycogen, giving you the muscular energy you need on the mat.
In a few weeks I'll be releasing my new weight-cutting for wrestling DVD. It will give you a blue-print for cutting weight. Until then let me know if you have questions...
- Steve Preston
- I am a 20 + years Sports Performance Specialist. I work exclusively with wrestlers to help them gain strength, speed, flexibility and endurance to win more matches. I also coach wrestlers on how to cut weight without losing strength. My website www.wrestlingperformance.com is a members-only site where you can get hundreds of my articles, tips, strategies, workouts, interviews etc. to help you gain the edge. I also provide personal coaching in our members forum :) I'm a dog lover... My Schnauzer named Gracie is our baby. My wife is Michelle, the greatest person in my life.