When to Change Weight Classes as a Powerlifter

When to Change Weight Classes as a Powerlifter

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Deciding which weight class to compete in as a powerlifter can be a tough decision to make. As powerlifting is a weight-based sport, it may seem logical to try to fit into the lightest category possible to be the most competitive.  While this may benefit some advanced lifters fighting to win a national competition or break a record, it can hold back many lifters from growing to their full potential. One of the biggest mistakes that new and experienced powerlifters make is cutting weight to be in a weight class that isn’t right for them and delivering a sub-par performance. When is it time to change weight classes? Along with making the tips provided below, consider your body composition, training age, lifestyle, stress management and support system. For relatively lean…
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Weight Cuts for Powerlifting – A Dietitian’s Guide

Weight Cuts for Powerlifting – A Dietitian’s Guide

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Weight cutting (also known as a water cut) is an area of powerlifting that I see not being done well on a frequent basis. Honestly, I see it as a bit of a gap in the sport where people are missing out on a massive potential advantage. In a lot of combat sports where making weight is a requirement as well, it is at the point where almost everybody undertakes a significant weight cut. If an athlete chooses not to do one, it puts them at a noticeable disadvantage due to the difference in size and muscle mass. Interestingly enough, even though weight cuts can provide an advantage, they haven’t become a part of the culture of powerlifting, which is why I see it as a bit of a gap.…
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Weight-Cuts for Powerlifting

Weight-Cuts for Powerlifting

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Anything that involves lifting weights and broscience is a match made in heaven. Unfortunately for powerlifters, following potential negative practices during a weight-cut can be the difference between hitting a PR and disappointment. The weight-cut refers to the short-term loss of weight before a competition, usually within 7 days. This blog contains a guide on how to safely approach a weight-cut while decreasing the negative impacts on performance. Why a Weight Cut? In theory, the idea of a weight-cut is to temporarily reduce body mass to achieve a certain weight-class. This can therefore replace losing potentially important muscle and fat mass that come with chronic dieting, and help an individual make a certain lift. Short-term weight-cut practices can be very detrimental to performance if done incorrectly. Therefore, it makes sense…
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