Amateur, high school and college wrestling, apart from being an extremely physically demanding and skill-dependent sport, is a game of pressure. Possessing a 160 pound person strength, but physically facing, by wrestling, a 145 pound person strength, by dropping weight in order to equalize your opponent, is normal practice. There is nothing illegal about it, we are not talking steroids or some physical enhancement drug. We’re talking about controlling your body to reach goals your mind has set.
Besides, there is a science to drop weight. Do it wrong or too fast and not only will you lose your advantage, you will give your opponent a huge advantage by dehydrating and losing strength. You get into the fight tired and sluggish, the exact opposite effect you were striving for.
Let’s get one thing straight before we start, you can’t lose 3 pounds of body fat in 1 hour, not unless you cut a supplement and that’s not an option. However, you can lose 3 pounds of overall body weight by losing water weight. Remember Biology 101, the body could contain 75% water, depending on the individual’s physical composition. The thicker the person, the greater the difference in weight of water than a muscular person, for example.
So what we’re really trying to do is remove the body from water (fluid), which will convert to less body weight. So how do you do this safely?
The first issue we have to address is our diet, and I’m not talking just eating healthy, I’m talking eating without sodium. Salt, is the main reason a healthy person retains water. There are other health reasons that cause water retention, but those do not apply in our case.
Therefore, if we eliminate as much salt from the body as possible, the body’s resistance to fluid loss decreases making it easier to pass water weight through persistence.
Perseverance if you remember, is the body’s natural function to cool itself when temperatures rise above normal. Therefore, we must create heat to raise the body temperature and force it to cool itself through perseverance.
There are probably many different methods, some complicated such as water pills that cause a person to urinate continuously, to remove the body from fluid, but we will use an old proven method. Sweating.
Dress yourself in warm clothing such as sweatshirts and sweat pants. You notice that I use the plural form of shirts and pants because you will wear layers of these clothes, at least two layers and preferably three.
Make sure you wear a hat of some kind, preferably a winter sock hat, as the body removes a great deal of heat throughout the head. We do not want that to happen in this situation. We want to keep as much internal heat as possible.
Exercise vigorously for at least 10 minutes. This can be jogging, either in place or around the gym, jumping jacks, whatever is comfortable for you, but will work a good sweat.
After creating a good sweat, lie down and get someone wrapped in a blanket or wrestling mat. This will cause the body temperature to remain high after exercise, which will continue to extract fluid through persistence.
After 20 minutes, unzip and weigh in. You probably lost more than three pounds, but if not, you still have time to make up, with dry clothes, and repeat the treatment.
As with any sudden or sudden change of body, there are dangers associated with this procedure. Never perform this procedure on your own. You should always have a coach or wrestler with quick access to the coach, always with you. After applying pressure, rehydrate with beverages such as Gatorade which are high in electrolytes.