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Old 12-21-2006, 07:03 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Dropping a LOT of weight 15+ is a risk. You lose stamina, you can also lose "focus". When your dehydrated your not as your would be in top fight condition. So loseing 15lbs+ is always a gamble, but people like to gamble, its human nature.

Loseing 10lbs plus is normal really. Hell i can drop the kids off at the pool and loose a few pounds :P

When people drop weight its because they CAN. Why train at 170lbs when you can train at 180lbs and gain all the benifits??????? Dropping weight fast does not lose muscle mass, training at 170 for a long time will.

Your body ONLY makes as much muscle as it needs, the heavier and more weight you have to move the more muscle you produce. So a clever person will train day in day out on a higher weight than he will fight at, to have that extra bit of strenght, its not cheating, its being clever.

But as for dropping 15+lbs its not reccomended and can cause fatigue anyway.
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Old 12-21-2006, 08:53 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Dropping weight isn't as big of a deal as it seems, because everyone who fights does it at one point or another. It is only when they get up in age and have a greater amount of difficulty maintaining the lower weight that they start fighting in a more "natural" state. James Toney spent the great deal of his boxing career fighting at 160lbs, when it was a well known fact that he walked around at over 210lbs between fights. Does that take away from his accomplishments at all? Nope.

The other thing we have to consider is that professional fighters spend weeks "drying up" losing excess pounds leading up to the weigh-ins. When they come back the night of the fight, they may have gained 10 to 15 pounds, but it isn't like they spackled that all back on in muscle. Sure, you're going to have a set of guys who are "blown up" and "huge" for their weight class, but that's the case for every weight class from the Lightweights on up.
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