No Thanks, I'm Cutting Essay

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No Thanks, I’m Cutting Starting out as a sprightly young athlete at age thirteen I was introduced to the sport of wrestling and thus, the system of weight classes. At that age, weight was simply used to indicate your size and help match you up with kids of similar size. However, that blissful insignificance of weight is short lived in a wrestling career. Upon entering high school one learns the challenges that the number on the scale presents. That number defines how a wrestler will spend the hours in between weighings, all leading up to the ultra-grandmaster-chief-big daddy weigh in of that week’s event. By stepping on that scale, the wrestler accepts his fate, and mentally prepares himself (or herself) for the challenge of cutting the weight, and in doing so builds a self-discipline that can be rivaled by no other sport. The rationale behind cutting weight is that if one can qualify for a lower weight class, they will then be able to compete against smaller, weaker, opponents and thus have an advantage over the competition. This mindset has become so popular that nearly every wrestler has adopted it. The popularity of the practice of cutting weight has become so much that many different methods have been adopted, some good and others that can be very unhealthy. It is these unhealthy practices that wrestling has become known for, causing many to cast unfair judgment upon it and its participants. In the American culture, much social activity is centered on food, which usually leads to excessive consumption of calories. In such a culture, any activity that does not allow this is frowned upon. People assume that any weight loss by an already physically fit person is unhealthy or dangerous, and in some cases this is true. However, in most cases all that is necessary for a wrestler to make weight is to cut out the excess consumption and perhaps delay a meal until

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