At 5'9 roughly how much should I weigh?

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  1. Coleman

    Coleman White Belt

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    Now I know this is a very open ended question with a lot of variables but I was hoping to maybe gain some insight. I train in some MT and BJJ by the way and have no plans of competing ever. I just enjoy the sport and do it for self defense. I have never been in a fight outside of class though.

    Right now, I am 5'9 and about 155 lbs which is too light in my opinion. I don't feel like I have the size and strength to be effective against a larger opponent. I know that it is fully possible for someone my height to completely destroy a guy who is say over 6 feet and larger. I just don't feel like I have the strength to do so.

    Is my weight good or should I try to pack on 10 - 15 pounds?
     
  2. Urban

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    around 200 lbs. That'd give you a BMI of about 30 which seems to be average for those in the powerlifting world who have to adhere to weight classes. So yeah, I'd say go up to around 200 and become a powerhouse. If you were competing in BJJ and MT the reccomendation might be a quite a bit different.
     
  3. Coleman

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    Oh sorry, I should have been more clear. I'm not interested in being a power lifting or anything like that, I just posted it here because it seemed to be the most relevant forum.

    I'm just asking what a good all around weight would be for martial arts. I find that being 155 lbs at 5'9 is too small for a lot of things. I don't feel like I have any knockout power and I get overpowered by bigger guys while grappling. I'm reasonably strong for my size but I feel I need to be a bit bigger and stronger.
     
  4. Barut

    Barut Banned Banned

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    How old are you? 200lbs at 5'9" isn't too much if you gain it slow. If you're younger than 21 now, you'll probably put on 20+ pounds naturally.

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    I saw your b-day in your profile. You'll most likely gain weight and muscle as you finish maturing.
     
  5. LiverThrow

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    "I feel I need to be a bit bigger and stronger. "

    i think you answered your own question...
     
  6. rEmY

    rEmY Needs to eat more

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    it depends on your frame as well.

    short answer, if you feel weak, lift some weights.
     
  7. Ian Coe

    Ian Coe Silver Belt Professional Fighter

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    5'9 200lbs......thats pretty damn stocky

    I'm 5'11 and compete in MT and I'm 85 kg (someone, calculator, can't be bothered at the moment). I'm pretty stocky I think, so this is good for me.
    Wait till the fight bug kicks in, but in the mean time, yeah, pack on some quality muscle, 155 is pretty small
     
  8. mixicus

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    If you are not satisfied with your current strength, build, look, or whatever, change it. Yeah putting on a few more pounds of MUSCLE (not weight) sounds good.

    How old are you? What's your body comp?

    As for having "knockout power", that comes mostly from technique and execution (timing, footwork, entry, speed,...). You'll develop more 'punching/kicking power' by spending 4 hours/week MT training than the same amount of time with weights.
     
  9. Cmart

    Cmart Aspiring Milo

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    Matt Hughes is 5'9", 170 lbs. and that's about right for MMA. If you want to be a marathoner, you'll want to be 135. If you want to be a powerlifter, maybe 220.
     
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    A bit more information. I'm 19 so as others have said I'll probably thicken up a bit more as I age.

    My body comp isnt too bad. I have some fat at my mid section but my upper abs show through. I'm not exactaly skinny but I am slim.

    Lately I've been slacking because I've been sick but I'm getting back into things tonight actually. Will be training martial arts 3 times a week and lifting 2 times per week. I think I'll just ramp up what I'm eating and see how that works.
     
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    Hughes walks around at about 190 though!
     
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    Sounds about right. I'm 5'8" and would likely fight at 155. I walk around at about 165. 170 if I've been a pig. I want to get down to 155 to run faster this spring. If I was to compete lifting again, I'd go at least 180.
     
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    200? youve got to be kidding me. depending on your goals, between 160 and 180 should be just fine. youll find that you can gain a lot of strength without needing to be that big.
     
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    why would you wanna be fat
     
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    I'm 6 foot 215lbs at 16 years old. Big kid...
     
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    im 18, 5'9" and almost 190, i would like to be 205 by the end the school year.
     
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  18. Zeirhk

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    Jeeez everybody wants to be, simply "too fucking huge".

    I'm 5'7 at 130, not really happy with my weight but I'd be fine at 150-170 lbs. Does anyone know the powerlifting world record for the lighter people? I think it's about 600 lbs. deadlift, 500ish squat, and somewhere around 300-400 lbs. bench press. for the 132 lbs. class.

    EDIT:....found it:

    Squat:

    Bodyweight (kg) Weight Lifted (kg)
    60 Magnus Carlsson, SWE 320.0 02.10.1999
    125+ Shane Hamman, USA 457.5 10.03.1996

    Bench Press:

    60 Hiroyuki Isagawa, JPN 193.0 17.05.2002
    125+ James Henderson, USA 322.5 13.07.1997

    Deadlift:

    60 Lamar Gant, USA 310.0 12.11.1988
    125+ Tibor M
     
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    I try not to focus too much on weight these days. Performance comes first and the body follows. I'm around 5'7" tall, I've been as light as 160 and as heavy as 205-210 lbs. I feel strongest at around 185-190 though!
     
  20. Wrecking Ball

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    Ha! Either that figure is wrong or there are two strong ass Shane Hamman's from the USA.
     

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