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24 January 2019

POWERLIFTERS: RAPID WEIGHT CUTS SUCK, A NEW PARADIGM

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Powerlifters are bound by the requirements of their federation to compete in requisite weight class during competition. As such, lifters should seek not only seek to meet designated weight on game day, but ensure that any nutritional intervention employed to reduce body weight does not compromise their platform performance, or long term athletic development. Whilst traditional…

Powerlifters are bound by the requirements of their federation to compete in requisite weight class during competition. As such, lifters should seek not only seek to meet designated weight on game day, but ensure that any nutritional intervention employed to reduce body weight does not compromise their platform performance, or long term athletic development.

Whilst traditional methods involve drastic nutritional strategies to acutely reduce body weight for competition, there are inherent physiological and psychological outcomes that must be considered and a number of inherent limitations and drawbacks with such extreme methodologies.

Not only do athletes report varied strength/performance outcomes when using acute cutting techniques, but also fail to improve body composition due to the development of binge-purge type behaviours.

Consequently, any dietary practice that creates unhealthy relationship with food and increases the potential of eating disorders, will inherently hinder long term development and progress as a drug free powerlifter.

In my experience as a coach and athlete, I have come to question the efficacy of rapid cutting protocols and propose a new method to making weight, adopting a common practice from bodybuilding, namely reverse dieting. Not only does this nutritional intervention maximise physiological adaptations during training cycles nearing competition, but upholds platform performance and mitigates adverse psychological outcomes experienced with extreme dieting methods.

This video outlines:

  • The benefits/drawbacks of acute cutting techniques;
  • What Reverse Dieting is; and
  • How to implement a Reverse Diet.

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