I realise this is a topic that has been rinsed and repeated so often that many members are sick to the teeth with it. However, I would like to share my experiences and see what I can take from the feedback.
Boxing is my sport of choice and I have an acute interest in modern strength and conditioning techniques. My coach however, is a traditionalist and many of the modern approaches are seen to be foreign and untrustworthy
In the past I have stuck to my guns; got into good condition and cut the last ten pounds through water depletion.
Only once have I felt that my energy was compromised; at a lower weight limit and short notice. Rarely have I detected any ill effects and the results have been very pleasing.
But with international competition coming up I have allowed my coach more influence over my weight. This has resulted in a target weight after every training session and a very gradual cut.
Naturally this translates into calorie and carb restriction in order to whittle away bodyfat. I have felt my training suffer; I am just not satisfied with the effort I can put in without the luxury of carbs peri-workout.
Aesthetically I am noticeably leaner, the scales show significant progress, but my general fitness does not feel as effective as quite frankly I feel the tank is empty.
I would be comforted by the site’s input and any opinions or experiences you may have.
Please forgive me also, for posting this on more than one board, but I would like to get the general consensus as well as the combat cult’s