Quick tip #13: Five Weight Cutting tips

By: Brian Carroll

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For the complete guide to making weight the safest and most effective way possible, check out Brian’s weight cutting ebook “Cutting Weight”. The tips below are merely a tease from the book. Get the book here: Cutting Weight AND 10/20/Life Combo!

Enjoy these tips safely and at your own risk. Consult your Doctor.

Cutting weight can be DANGEROUS and is NOT suggested when health issues could be present, you’re a weak-minded individual or those who don’t enjoy being a little uncomfortable.

When properly executed, you can lift in a lighter weight class with zero damage to strength levels. Get the book to see EXACTLY how it’s done.

1. Make sure you carb deplete one week out. Do not decide you want to pile on the cherry pies less than one week before weigh-in. The amount of stored glycogen could come back to bite you in the ass. Start the week out with a high rep workout to deplete glycogen stores with reps 15 or more.

2. Water load. I outline this in “Cutting Weight” to a T and makes the cut easy as hell. Water loading plus carb depletion is much easier than simply sweating the weight out or other drastic measures at the last minute.

3. Don’t panic if the weight is slow to come off. Trust the process and prep the body to take care of the rest. The way I outline the cut, it preps your body to release it slowly over the week, then the majority the day before weigh in, mostly the evening before.

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4. Have a meet like scale to monitor your weight all week. Don’t be THAT guy whose scale is 6 pounds LIGHT and off in the weeds the night before the cut and doesn’t make weight. Synch up the meet scale and your scale as soon as possible so there is no guess work. This really matters!

5. Don’t make weight early. If you happen to have the weight ‘fall off’ more than 12 hours before weigh in — eat and drink! DO NOT be dehydrated for any longer than necessary. It’s dangerous and can hurt your performance. It takes time to master, but being the lightest necessary for the shortest amount of time possible, greatly reduces your health and performance risks. Be slow to consume too many carbs, but have some fluid and some fats and monitor your weight closely.

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Brian Carroll

Brian is a world-class powerlifter with over two decades of elite and pro-level powerlifting under his belt. Coming back from a devastating back injury in 2012 that broke multiple bones and that most experts said he would never recover from, he has returned to the pinnacle of world-class lifting (while 100% pain and symptom-free) and is now dedicated to helping others avoid the same mistakes that he made in the past through private and group coaching in Jacksonville, FL. Brian’s impressive recovery has given him the opportunity to teach and deliver talks to physical therapists, chiropractors, medical doctors, professional strength & conditioning coaches and experts from all facets of sport, on how to avoid injury, while building anti-fragile strength and resilience in athletes.
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