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Water Cut Before My First Official Meet


#1

I am doing my first official powerlifting meet in 3.5 weeks. I did a meet about 6 weeks ago that was just an open competition, and I didn’t worry about weight for that, just had fun and got an idea of what it was like.

My aim is to lift in the 75kg category - that is 165lbs.

My current weight is 78kg - 172 lbs.

Do you think I am in a good position weight wise? Should I just maintain this weight until a week before then water cut? Or should I be cutting from now about 1lb a week just to make it easier?

Thanks


#2

7lbs can be done in a little more than a day. But not a good idea for 2 hour weigh in if it is. Also how tall are you if your over 5’7" I wouldnt cut the weight cause thats already light fire the height


#3

Sorry - should have included that information

It’s a 24 hour weigh in. Weigh in Saturday morning and competiton Sunday.

So I was going to cut water Tuesday-Friday night.

I am 5ft 7


#4

Since its a real first meet I wouldnt cut especially at your height. Youll fill out the 181 class soon enough. I’m 5’8" and cut from high 180s to the 181 class and although I look fairly big I know I’m destined to be 198+. I’m just taking my time as I’m very competitive as a 181


#5

I’m happy to cut for this as all year I’ve trained with this competition in mind as I have a very good chance of qualifying for the British championships in November in this weight category.

I did my first meet (an unofficial one) a couple of months ago and didn’t cut for that. However this is a full on competitive one.

I’m tempted to try and stay within the 75kg / 165lbs category permanently as I’m not amazingly strong but in that weight category I can at least have a chance of qualifying and getting somewhere. If I went up a category I would get destroyed.


#6

Don’t cut. If you’re over about 1.65 m, IMO you’re going to do better ending up in the 181 and then 198s.


#7

If you are competitive on the 165 class you should do decent as a 181. What kind of numbers are you at? if you do cut be prepared to not hit what you want or have to grind it. Thats what happens to me when I cut, the weight still moves it just feels heavier than normal. You don’t want to be that light at that height, its going to be hard to gain strength. I would say go in the 181s and be competitive next comp


#8

Can you not recovery quickly though from the cut.

E.g. Cut 5-6lbs of water for the weigh in, then over the next 24 hours just eat a ton load of food and replenish yourself?

My numbers on the last competition was:

Squat: 180kg (396lbs)

Bench: 115kg (253lbs) - I could have done more I think

Deadlift: 190kg (418lbs)

**TOTAL: 485kg / 1069lbs **

My training since that competition has been really bad. Had a bad hip, and some lower back issues. It’s a bit better now, but I’ve barely lifted anything heavy since, and anything on the deadlift feels heavy.

Not sure if that sort of thing is normal following a competition


#9

Depends how much you cut as well as the person. I cut more than I needed so I could see wha I could get away with. I went from like 188 to 175.75. When I was about 180 I still felt normal. The extra weight was from the sauna and killed me a bit. You might not have much change in strength but theres really no need to cut. I did a comp 5 years ago and totaled 1170 @ 166 cause I didn’t care what weight I was at since I was just starting.


#10

Always go in strong. If you don’t do as well just to make a particular class, you won’t be very pleased that you just wasted all your training for that meet. The goal is not about winning a particular class, the goal is always about getting better/stronger than the last time you competed. Does anyone really care if you took first place? Prob not. You should always care more about setting PR’s in competition.