by Scott McSweeney Uploaded 10th May 2013

Offer me five thousand euros and I still couldn't give you a f​​​​​​ig​ure​ ​​o​​f​​ ​t​he ​amount of people that h​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​a​v​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​e​​​​​​ ​​asked me; ''How do you make weight for a competition?” I think I am the prime example of what not to do the days leading up to a competition.

Instead of checking my weight twice or three times a day, measuring my meal portions to the exact milli-gram, stretching for 30 odd minutes a day, reducing weight in training sessions and eating plenty of high energy Carbs, I wake up to a cup of hot chocolate, processed pasta for breakfast, the stuff you get in SuperValu.

I'd savage a frozen pizza or two for lunch, washing it down with a coke and some crisps, maybe have a piece of fruit if I was feeling up to the challenge of getting off 'Battlefield 3' for 5 minutes, then get to training and work my a** off by finding the heaviest thing in the gym and picking it up a few times ( I try to avoid people if possible).

My latest trademark move, the night before the Nationals in Ardee last March, was a nice SuperMacs triple stacked burger with a packet of chips and a Pepsi. Already being 2.2kgs over weight, you could say this wasn't the smartest choice I've made in my life, but I had a trick up my singlet. I have probably THE fastest metabolism on the face of the earth. I weighed myself that night and read a beautiful 78.8kg reading.

Now I know what your thinking.... “Ha-ha, the fat F**ker had to move to 82.5kg's and get his a** beat by Mr. Barry Pigott.” WRONG!!

I woke up, nice and fresh, walked down the stairs of the Hogwarts type hostel we had stayed in, entered the dining area and destroyed a bowl of porridge. Once the entire CIT team was up and moving about, we made our way by bus to the venue, which by the way, was amazingly set up. I was in the queue waiting to be weighed in, standing behind Peter Lucey, when he turned and asked me, “How are you for weight?” I informed him I was 2.8kg overweight last night, and with a smile and a wink he turned away and weighed himself in, unfortunately missing his weight by only .1 of a kg. So off to the toilet Peter went.

I approached the scales as it was my turn, having stripped down to the bare essentials. I jumped up on the scales and while I waited for the meter to show my weight, the dude taking our opening weights and age, asks me what category I was entering. “We'll see now....,” I replied with a grin.

The numbers had stopped jumping around and sat still on a beautiful 74.6kg.
With a cheeky smile on my face, I walked off and came home with a total of 465kg and might I add a very pretty medal.

So, to jump back up to the question at the start, “How do you make weight for a competition?” I will tell you, right here, right now. If you want to know the best advice for making your weight for a competition, you'd be better asking someone else, because I have no clue how to do it.









Scott McSweeney

Making Weight Against All Odds

Scott is a student of Recreation and Leisure in Cork Institute of Technology and also a committee member of the CIT Powerlifting Club. He competes in the -75kg class.