Importance of Hydration

During those hot summer days it's important that we make sure the proper amount of water is being consumed. Without the proper amount of hydration not only can you start to have problems in the gym it can lead to other health problems such as vomiting, dizziness, excessive sweating etc. For today's blog I’m going to discuss the importance of hydration in the gym for Pre-During-Post workout.

If you're trying to make serious gains in the gym, it doesn’t matter how little dehydrated you are, 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.  Being dehydrated is going to make your muscle cells smaller which can affect your performance in the gym.

Another effect of being dehydrated can be the way your CNS (Central Nervous System).  fires up. Having a central nervous system that turns on quickly and synchronized is the way to see serious results from your workouts.

If you workout consistently you should be shooting to drink about 1 gallon of water everyday. You want to make sure you stay hydrated pre-workout, mid-workout and post-workout. 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 finally, you should be taking in about 20-30 oz of water after you have finished your workout, along with a post workout meal to help rebuild those muscles.

By: Coach Justin Nassra   

Ashley Baillargeon