Thursday, December 22, 2016

Strength & Health TV - Episode 42: Why Cutting Weight is a Mistake.

In this video I talk about why I feel cutting weight for novice to intermediate strength athletes is a mistake.

All too often I hear new lifters complaining about the horrors of cutting weight and they have barely even begun their competitive career. I feel if strength is the goal it is far better to grow into your weight class and not cut to your weight class. Strength sports are about getting bigger and stronger, not smaller and weaker.

This does not apply to everyone, elite and professional lifters are a different story, but until you are competing at that level you do not need to worry about the cut. Going into your competition well fed, well hydrated and well rested is a much better approach even if it means being in the next weight class up.

Having to go through various weight cutting methods the week of a competition brings new elements of complexity and both physiological and psychological stress that a novice lifter does not need.

I hope you enjoyed this week's video and please leave any questions or suggestions for future show topics in the comments section below.

Stay Strong AND Healthy,


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