For athletes, eating habits don’t just affect their choices in the cafeteria. They also affect the playing fields, in the classroom, and even at home. Want to know how to lose weight fast? Just ask a wrestler. Wrestlers are known for their ability to "drop weight," shedding pounds in a matter of days before competitions, they practically wrote the book on quick weight loss. Junior Michael Martinez states that "I don't starve myself, I don't deplete my body. I just watch what I eat. I don't overeat, I eat good portions. But I'm also not going to pig out on pie.” Cutting weight is a part of wrestling; always has been and most likely always will be. But wrestlers and coaches have become smarter about it, turning it into maintaining weight throughout the season as opposed to drastic cutting. Senior Nick Thompson states that “It's not about starving yourself; it's about proper nutrition.” The reason there is a need to drop weight is because wrestlers are determined to be apart of a specific weight class. Not only that, but it’s said to be apart of their skills. On the opposing side, football players yearn to build up muscle and weight. The additional muscle supports them on the field. If a player gets hit, the odds of being knocked down are slim when you have the body mass for retention. Junior Dylan Reeves says “ it's very difficult gaining weight but having the weight makes us stronger and getting hit doesn't hurt as bad.” Strength and conditioning programs are the largest factor when the players are looking to build muscle. All football players are required to take the class, as it will help them build mass and stamina. Although losing weight and gaining weight aren't the only important aspects to a sport, one thing is certain: athletes are cautious about their body and how it will affect their performance.
By: Lauren DiNapoli