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A myriad of strength sports such as powerlifting, weightlifting and strongman/strongwoman are considered as weight class restricted sports. A majority of athletes in these sports also train at a bodyweight higher than the weight class they compete in. Hence, these athletes utilise some form of rapid weight loss (RWL) strategy to help them make weight prior to weigh-in. The current research on RWL for the strength athlete is scarce and requires more research, however certain conjecture can be made via research done in combat sport athletes to provide a basis for the strength athlete utilising RWL strategies.
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Kedric is currently a PhD candidate researching rapid weight loss methods for the strength athlete. Besides his academic knowledge, he is a coach and nutritionist for The Strength guys. Through his role, he has coached multiple national and world champion powerlifters including being the personal nutritionist to current IPF best lifter, Taylor Atwood. As a coach, he focuses on strategies to improve performance by optimising the interaction between resistance training, nutrition and recovery. Lastly, he has also coached at the IPF worlds both in 2018 and 2019, with 2019 being an assistant coach for team New Zealand.
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