Cutting Weight for Competition

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It is common for athletes like wrestlers and martial artists to cut drastic amounts of weight in short periods of time for competition.  Recently I have worked with some guys who have made some pretty big numbers (in terms of amount of weight cut) and performed optimally.  With Urijah Faber making his 135lbs debut this coming Thursday night for the WEC, I think this is a good topic to touch on.

For those of you not familiar with Urijah, he is the poster boy of the WEC, and will soon grace the UFC with his exciting fighting style.  Urijah is a former WEC champion in the 145lbs division, but after a few tough losses has decided to drop a weight class (135lbs).  I am excited to see how he acclimates to the cut.  Ten pounds is a big difference… 

In MMA (mixed martial arts), the athletes get to weigh-in at least 24 hours prior to competition, so they have a decent amount of time to replenish the body and put some weight back on.  If Urijah can bring the same speed, power, and strength he brought at 145lbs, along with his unbelievable conditioning, he will be very hard to stop in the 135lbs division.

Like Urijah, one of my guys, Dustin Pague, is also making his 135lbs debut this coming Saturday (November 13th) at the Shogun Fights III in Baltimore, MD.  Since last Monday he has already dropped 15+ pounds (from a starting weight of 164lbs) and is still feeling great.  While the cut is obviously important for the fight, our biggest concern is the replenishment process.  At the end of the day, all that really matters is how he performs come Saturday evening.  I myself am already quite sure of the outcome…

While I can’t go in to too much detail about how it’s possible for a fighter to get from 164lbs to 135lbs in less than two weeks in this post, I must say that this is not a regular weight loss program.  This is not a “healthy,” consistent, permanent weight loss that any regular individual should or would even want to endure.  However, if you are, or someone you know is a wrestler, MMA fighter, or any other athlete that needs to make weight for competition, we can definitely help…

Take care,


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Chris Merritt

Strength Coach/ B.S. Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University/ FMS/ Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist/ Certified Kettlebell Instructor/ Owner of Beyond Strength Performance and Beyond Strength Performance NOVA

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