Gain the Upper Hand by Mastering the Art of Safe and Efficient Weight Cutting.
Introducing 'The Cut' - Your Comprehensive Guide to Making Weight. Leverage Insights from Renowned Experts, Rigorous Studies, and Years of Experience to Conquer Your Next Weight Cut, Empowering You to Focus on Your Performance, Not the Scale.
Enter Coach Ben Zhuang…
Inside The Cut we’ll help you:
Understand the Weight Cut Process
In this book we will focus primarily on short term or acute weight loss as opposed to chronic or long term weight loss . There are significant differences between the two approaches of losing weight: SHORT TERM weight loss is the loss of: Water and Gut/Bowel Contents. LONG TERM weight loss is the loss of: Body Fat and Muscle
Choose the Right Weight Class
Choosing a weight class can be a complex topic. There are several factors that may be outside of your control such as teammates and available weight classes depending on the sport. We provide details on weight loss for various sports, since some weigh in right before competition, while others have up to 36 hours between weigh ins and competition. We’ve laid everything out, so you know exactly what you need to do and by when.
Prepare for the Weight Cut
Unlike most team sports, combat sports athletes generally do not follow a seasonal schedule. During the offseason or in-between competitions, combat sports athletes should focus on maintaining lean muscle and watching out for excessive fat gain. The more muscle mass you have, the more water weight you’re carrying and the more body water weight you can cut. The 2 things you should be focusing on in preparation for the weight cut are Losing Body Fat % and Heat Acclimation.
Navigate The Weight Cut
The starting day for the “weight cut” itself is usually 5 days out from weigh-in day. For example, if you weigh-in on Friday, your starting day would be the previous Sunday. In the event that you have a lot of weight to cut, you may need the starting day to be 7-10 days out from weigh-in.
What To Do After Weigh Ins
The goal after making weight is to replenish what was taken out of the body in order to make the weight. We now shift our focus toward getting to the competition well hydrated with optimal electrolytes and glycogen stores.
Here’s What Athletes are Saying About Ben:
My first experience with Ben was as a training partner back in 2005. I was an active competitor at the time and would always look forward to my training sessions with Ben, for his ability to analyze matches and his willingness to “pressure test” different styles and methods towards competition. Whether it was jiu-jitsu or MMA, I could always count on Ben’s insight to help the team in their preparation for competition
Having served thirteen years in the United States Marine Corps, I can attest to Ben’s approach and ability to get the best from the individuals that he works with is in line with the methodical and thoughtful approach that we would implement to achieve optimal results. And as the Editor-In-Chief of Jiu-Jitsu Magazine, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best jiu-jitsu and MMA practitioners of our time and can tell you that Ben’s insight to the work that it takes to be a top competitor is consistent with what the top-level athletes subscribe to.
James Lawson (BJJ Black Belt and Owner of Jiu-Jitsu Magazine)
I originally met Coach Ben through one of my coaches who would constantly talk about his knowledge of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, nutrition, and all things training.
My first impression of Ben was how willing he was to share his knowledge. He has since aided me many aspects of life. Either from helping me prioritize my training schedule, nutrition, getting my cardio in check, or managing my mindset when it came to competition, among many other things…
Ben is a unique guy, whose generosity and kindness is beyond reproach. I would definitely recommend him to anyone I meet.
– Zach Ahrensfield (Model and Professional Jiu-Jitsu Competitor)
When I was new to LA coach Ben reached out and offered his services. He has become one of my best friends and coaches to this day. I could tell he was smart and well educated, truly knew his stuff. He likes to keep himself informed on the latest science, research, and is constantly learning.
Coach Ben’s guidance has helped me a lot. I‘be rolled jiu jitsu with him at his various schools, and have even crashed in his guest room. Every time I’m in LA I’ll be getting together with Coach Ben.
– Mickey Gall, UFC Fighter
I first met Ben at his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy. Seeing me horribly attempt some moves in jiu jitsu (a sport I had just picked up), he was quick to come to my aid and help correct some of my mistakes. Perhaps he saw the spark of potential in me that would eventually lead to my pursuit in competing professionally in jiu jitsu or maybe I was just THAT terrible, but his gracious act of helpfulness, patience, and passion for teaching began the camaraderie between me and him.
As I move further into my jiu jitsu journey, I certainly wouldn’t be as skilled an athlete without Ben. His simplistic and innovative training has made me a stronger and more confident competitor, working with me both as my trainer, nutritionist, and as my jiu jitsu instructor. Whether I needed help recovering from an injury, making weight, or getting better and stronger in specific—jiu jitsu—situations, I could always rely on Ben to know exactly what steps I need to take to get my to the next level.
I would highly recommend Coach Ben to any martial artist, jiu jitsu fighter, or any kind of person looking to better themselves as an athlete.
– Brianne Robertson (Professional Jiu-Jitsu Competitor)