Weight Cutting for Actors and Beginner Boxers

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Weight cutting is the practice of rapidly attempting to lose weight prior to a sporting competition. It most frequently happens in order to qualify for a lower weight class (usually in combat sports, where weight is a significant advantage) or in sports where it is advantageous to weigh as little as possible. Many athletes think of weight cutting as an art, and there are many things that must be considered during cutting weight including total amount of weight to be lost, how much time you will have to rehydrate, the duration of the event in which you will be competing, as well as several other factors.

Those that know me or have trained with me also know that I generally cut between between four and eight pounds the week of a tournament. For those of you who do not know me, I train and compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Many BJJ tournaments weigh the competitors on the day of the tournament, moments before they compete. In the past, I have had trouble feeling my best after cutting weight the week of a tournament. So I decided to write this article, to give the average competitor insight into cutting weight.

Cutting water weight for a jiu jitsu tournament is never good, but is sometimes needed. Although, proper diet and exercise can eliminate cutting from becoming a necessity.  But what is the max one should lose in order to avoid the effects of the cut you may ask? The human body is made up of about 65% water, but be advised that this percentage depends on various health conditions an daily water intake. Most nutritionists and doctors do not recommend losing more than 5% of your body weight through dehydration. Information like this is essential for beginner boxers who are new to the sport. This is via US Combat Sports article about gloves

For example, I weigh 200 pounds, so if 5% percent is the max recommendation via dehydration, then I should not lose more than 10 pounds of water weight.  As many of us know, professional athletes will lose more than this, but those athletes are under intense supervision and have set programs to help them recover afterwards. Also, keep in mind that cutting water weight has side effects, some of which include decreased performance and a higher possibility of injury due to dehydrated muscles.

I hope the information above has been useful if you are cutting water in the near future. Remember to take into consideration in which tournament you will be competing prior to deciding whether or not to cut. Many tournaments require you to weigh in the day before, which allows plenty of time to rehydrate and recover. International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) tournaments, weigh-ins are moments prior to your first match. From my past experience with IBJJF, you do not have enough time to fully recover or rehydrate from when you weigh-in to when you are on deck to compete. Also, be sure to check with your doctor or nutritionist if this is something you really decide to do.

*Note: Clearly, I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or a specialist in cutting water weight. I have simply relayed my past experiences and information I have researched.              


Reasons Why You Should Choose Outdoor Home Theater Over Indoors


why choose outdoor theaterOne of the many ways to improve the value of your home is by adding in your very own cinema room in the picture. Although it’s not the simplest set up you’ll experience, it is always worth it. Not only will you be able to experience it with your family (as well as extended relatives), you can also have your friends over.

Homeowners are often faced with the question on whether or not they should go for an outdoor theater or an indoor one? Both types of home theater actually have their strengths and weaknesses. For this article, however, we will look into the reasons why an outdoor home theater should be chosen over indoor ones.

6 Reasons

Portable Screens

In terms of the equipment aspect, one of the advantages in having an outdoor cinema is the fact that you’ll have to get a portable screen. Portable screens are specially made for outdoor purposes; thus, they are much more durable. Also, portable screens mean you can bring them anywhere you like. It’s much easier to transport them since usually they’re inflatable (check out Outdoor Movie Hq for this). 

More Space

Outdoor home theaters usually have more space to offer compared to indoor (room) home theaters; without the walls and confinements, outdoor theaters allow you to experience more freedom. You can freely move around without feeling a bit too confined in the place.

Since there is more space, more people can be accommodated as well and you won’t be cramped up like sardines forced inside a small jar. More seats and other equipment can fit perfectly within the place.

Fresh Air

Who doesn’t love fresh air? Especially at night when lesser cars go around the neighborhood, an outdoor theater offers a much fresher experience than an indoor theater. Although rain is your enemy, being able to witness the sunset during the late afternoon or the stars above you at night is something you should not miss.

More Romantic

Watching movies about love with your loved one becomes much more romantic when it’s done outdoor. Even the mere idea of watching a romantic movie under the stars with the person you love already makes us all feel giddy.

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Fit for Horror

Nothing makes a scary movie scarier than watching it out in the open. The idea of being outdoors while watching horror movies just adds more fun and thrill into the mix. Who knows what can creep out from the forest near your backyard, behind your movie screen, or behind the seats?

Bottom Line

So, if you and your family are planning to get a home theater started; think about doing an outdoor one. It’s much more unique and it offers an adventurous experience. If you think you’re leaning towards the outdoors than otherwise, don’t hesitate to push through with your vision. You can never go wrong with outdoor theaters.

On another note (though still related to movies), check out how actors cut on their weight.