Making Weight For Boxers

Published: 28th January 2009
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Making Weight for a fight has a reputation for being a grueling combination of starvation, dehydration and excessive training with sweat suits on. Popularised by the old school fighters wearing a bin liner and skipping/running for hours on end to 'get a good sweat on'. . . .

First things First. Sweating does not mean you are losing fat. You are losing 'weight' on the scales; affirmative, but you arent losing fat and as soon as your replenish that water i.e. drink something you are back to square one. . minus the time you just wasted.

Secondly we have agreed that water weighs something! yes?

Well then why is it i see dedicated fighters starving themselves for the hours up to the weigh in. .doing saunas and steam rooms only to gulp down a load of water afterwards?! huh? Contradictory? I think so!

Ok i got on a bit of a rant there but it applies to you too!

If you are going to weigh yourself it must be

1. Same time of day

2. Same day

3. Under the same conditions

4. In the same clothes (clothes optional)

5. Same scales

Its all about repeatability! ALL of the circumstances have to be identical!

Same Time Of Day

This one is easy! Weighing in the morning is different to weighing in the evening! You haven't eaten yet and you have more than likely 'gone to the bathroom'.

Same Day

This is to ensure that your BEHAVIOUR was the same/similar on the run up to this 'weigh in' as it was last week! It makes it repeatable! it wouldnt make sense to weight yourself on a monday after a weekend of binge eating and alcohol consumption and then weighing yourself on the following wednesday when your eating patterns will almost definitely have changed midweek? i like monday morning as a weigh in because psychologically you are a good girl/boy on the weekend because of the imminent weigh in :-)

Under The Same Conditions

This one gets a bit crazy but you want to make sure that your eating patterns the DAY before the weigh in are similar each week! Eat light (salads not heaps of vegetables) and drink plenty of water. that way you dont have a kilo of vegetables still in your bowels the morning after. . not a nice thought but it had to be said!

Same clothes

Clothes do not all weigh the same. . enough said

Same Scales

This is self explainatory. The reading on the scales may vary. It must be same ground surface too (yes it can effect readings).

So here it is step by step. .

Eat the same the day before and preferably eat lightly. As i said before vegetables may not put on weight but they weigh something! That is until they have 'passed' at least, agreed? Keep that in mind! What you eat the day before will more than likely be in your system still the next day ! Especially if it is a late meal!

Eat salads and not vegetables. . eat the main bulk of your light meals earlier in the day and then eat lightly later in the day.

Drink plenty of water all day to initiate 'flushing mode' and then all of a sudden STOP drinking water. . this works by causing your body to keep expelling water at an accelerated rate and then when you stop drinking . . its still 'flushing'. I know this may sound a little psychotic but if you want a true reading on the scales just do it!

Now first thing in the morning do not weigh yet. . see if you need to go to the bathroom 1st!

Now. . .


Whatever the scales says, thats your TRUE weight not water weight, not 'ooo i had a big meal' weight.

Thats your REAL weight theres no escaping it!

Start this week see how you get on. Next week there's no hiding from it. Were you following your programme or did you slip up?! All will be Revealed!

Go one step further and TAKE A PICTURE OF THE SCALES. . .DIGITAL SCALES! Not the one that you can rest you hand on the table and take away a pound or two. . a REAL DIGITAL SCALES.

If you follow this to the letter the scales really DOESNT LIE!


Bryan Kavanagh Bsc CSCS

This is only a help on the day prior to the weigh in. . but to find out more about losing FAT and not WEIGHT click on the link below.


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