Writting by Coach Justin Nassra
During those hot summer days it’s important that we ensure we are consuming the appropriate amount of water. Without the proper amount of hydration, not only will your performance in the gym begin to suffer, but it can lead to more serious health problems such as vomiting, dizziness, or excessive sweating. This post will discuss the importance of hydration in the gym for pre, mid, and post workout.
If you’re trying to make serious gains in the gym, even the slightest bit of dehydration is going to affect your strength and/or conditioning. One of the effects of hydration has to do with the muscle cells; the more fluid you have in your body, the bigger the muscle cell can get. Therefore, being dehydrated is going to make your muscle cells smaller which can affect your performance in the gym.
Another effect of dehydration is the way your CNS (Central Nervous System) fires up. Having a central nervous system that is synchronized and turns on quickly is imperative for seeing serious results from your workouts.
If you workout consistently, you should aim to drink about 1 gallon of water every day. You want to make sure you stay hydrated through all three stages of your workout (pre, mid, and post). The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that you take in 15-20 oz of water before you begin your training session, 5-10 oz of water during your workout (about every 15 mins), and about 20-30 oz of water after you have finished your workout, along with a post workout meal to help rebuild those muscles!