Moving up or down a weight class? Switching positions within your sport? Competing in a new league or level? Are you big enough, quick enough, and strong enough?
Elite athletes understand the impact that body weight and composition have on performance. Gain too much, and lose that all-important first step. Drop too much, and risk being overpowered by the opponent.
In The Athlete's Guide to Making Weight, renowned sport dietitians Michele Macedonio and Marie Dunford have analyzed today's top athletes, competitive trends, and positional demands across 21 sports to help you determine—and achieve—your optimal competitive weight.
Assess body composition, nutritional requirements, and your current training program. Then follow the customizable meal plans for a personalized approach to maximizing performance.
Whether you need to add muscle and mass, lose body fat, or control water weight, The Athlete's Guide to Making Weight will help you reach your goals without sacrificing safety or performance.
Table of Contents
Part I: Optimal Weight, Optimal Performance
Chapter 1. Tipping the Scales in Your Favor
Chapter 2. Identifying the Priorities for Your Sport
Chapter 3. Analyzing Your Body, Assessing Your Weight
Chapter 4. Charting Your Course for Success
Part II: Strategies for Achieving Your Target Weight
Chapter 5. Building a Solid Nutritional Base
Chapter 6. Adding Muscle, Gaining Mass
Chapter 7. Losing Fat, Winning Results
Chapter 8. Weighing In on Water Weight
Chapter 9. Sizing Up Supplement Use
Part III: Meal Plans for Making Weight
Chapter 10. Building Muscle
Chapter 11. Losing Fat
Chapter 12. Building Muscle and Losing Fat
Chapter 13. Precision Meal Planning System
"Michele Macedonio has dedicated her career to improving the lives of young competitors through nutrition. I refer all my athletes to Michelle and The Athlete's Guide to Making Weight for solid nutrition plans that help them develop to their potential."
Scott Goodpaster BS,CSCS
Owner and Director, Cincinnati Functional Fitness
"Over the years, I've learned just how much nutrition and body weight influence athletic performance. In The Athlete's Guide to Making Weight, Macedonio and Dunford examine not only the demands of the sport, but the position played, to provide a clear plan for maximizing that performance.""
Pro Bowl Running Back
"Michele Macedonio has been instrumental to my success as a professional athlete. She didn't just give me a diet; she showed me how playing at the right weight maximizes speed, agility, quickness, and strength. In The Athlete's Guide to Making Weight, Macedonio and Dunford show you how to achieve your ideal weight for peak athletic performance and Pro Bowl play."
Linebacker for the Carolina Panthers
"The programs in The Athlete's Guide to Making Weight have helped me add 30 pounds of muscle. I wouldn't be playing college baseball without these programs."
Xavier University Baseball Team
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AncillariesOnline resources for this book include materials to help you set realistic performance, weight, and health goals, including documents you can use to assess your current food intake and physical activity level and a form you can use to record your physical assessments and track your progress. There are also resources you can use to design a meal pattern to help you achieve your goals.
These additional resources are FREE and available at www.HumanKinetics.com/TheAthletesGuidetoMakingWeight