I am curious.
I want to see what will happen if I compete at a lower weight class. I’ve always been in the heaviest division where weight disparities are a fact of life. So I’ve never had any practical experience with weight cutting or any worries about my weight at all.
It would be easy for me to continue competing as an ultra heavyweight, but I would rather draw a hard line in the sand and take a risk. I have a goal, and I am imposing a deadline on myself to accomplish it.
On September 29th, I will be competing at the No-Gi Pan as a super heavyweight, or I will be disqualified.
I will not give myself any other options, and I am confident that I will succeed because I will focus each and every day on moving towards that desired outcome.
The Current State of Things
On Wednesday, I was 238 in the gi before training. I will have to get down to 215 without the gi in order to compete as a super heavyweight. Roughly, it equates to being a little less than 20 pounds.
Right now, my training regime consists of doing jiu-jitsu every day pretty much. I’m training between 6 and 7 days a week right now, but three of those days are mostly teaching. I supplement that with doing Primal Skills at least twice a week and SoldierFit when I can. Both are hard circuit programs with different core structures. Also I have a series of workouts that I do at home every day.
On diet side, I cut a lot of things out like bread, gluten products, diary, etc. I haven’t done any portion control yet, but that will be something that I will look into.
I’m an experimenter, and I have played with a lot of different workouts and exercise methods. For this goal though, I am going to go back to one of the experiments that I had a good deal of success with.
It’s back to 100 pushups and 100 burpees a day for me in addition to everything else I do. So I am throwing one known variable into the process.
Another known variable that I am throwing in is SoldierFit. I aim to do at least two classes a week. On the other factors, I will be experimenting, measuring, and adjusting as I go.