How to cut weight in weight-sensitive sports

By Nick Berlin

Weight sensitive athletes commonly reduce bodyweight to compete in weight divisions below their day-to-day training weight. Both chronic and acute weight loss strategies (AWL) are commonly used to “make weight’ as athletes strive for competitive success.

Restrictive weight-loss strategies (RWLS) can correlate with competitive success in certain sports but, if not implemented appropriately, can become detrimental to an athlete’s health and absolute physical performance.

Long term Strategies

Q. What should an athlete consider long term?

A: During periods away from competition, the athlete should aim to remain within a certain percentage of the competition weight.

An early period of muscle hypertrophy may be beneficial to maximize lean body mass and therefore performance

Q. What weight range is appropriate for the offseason?