Common Mistakes Made When Cutting Weight
Note: this isn’t a complete list, but these are just some of the things that I noticed throughout the years with fighters who are cutting weight or other combat sports athletes are cutting weights for competition.
Lack of Education and Preparation
This is by far the most common mistake is just fighters and athletes, not having the education to understand how to time things, how you know when to do what.
When it comes to preparation, a lot of fighters, come to me like a week, two weeks before the fight or the weigh in and say, well, I need to lose 25 pounds.
That’s just a lack of both education and preparation.
They lack the knowledge to understand that it’s not going to be a healthy way cut. We don’t really have optimal time to prepare, along those lines a lot of fighters don’t understand it’s beneficial to get as lean as possible before the actual weight cut. They’ll wait until the very end until they start following a regimented diet.
A lot of fighters don’t know that becoming heat a climatized is going to be beneficial.
There’s a lot of things that heat acclimation can help with.
They go to the sauna, but it’s only at the very end, I have my fighters use the sauna or the hot tub become, he acclimated to two to three weeks, sometimes even three to four weeks before the weight cut, just so they get their body used to sweating.
Difference between men and women.
I’ve had many coaches do weight cuts and not understand the difference.