It’s Muscle Monday again and I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start. If it’s not, embrace the suck and try and make it great anyway.
While last week was all about gaining a Workout Edge and protecting what’s most important when it comes to lifting, I figured this week I’d address a question that guys and girls always ask me a lot when it comes to workouts.
Let’s get started.
Workout Nutrition DIY: When to Just Drink Water During Workouts? Find Out Here.
Usually, once people have learned how to workout properly and efficiently, tightened up their nutrition profile, and tweaked their rest days, one seemingly small but often overlooked question gets asked of me: “I get intra-workout nutrition, but when do I just drink water? What if it’s a really short workout?”.
I’ve usually got two answers for this.
1. If you’re distributing your water intake evenly throughout the day, intra-workout is still a priority but you still drink water during workouts alongside that.
2. The answer is really, rarely. Unless the workout is 15 minutes or less, and more like a warmup than an actual workout. Other than that, it’s always good to have a pre,intra, and post-workout drink containing HBCD and Leucine (intra) or HBCD and PeptoPro (intra or post) depending on workout intensity and type.
When to have one, or all of these (pre, intra, post) really boils down to duration of workout.
You know I’m all about being my own guinea pig, and then administering and assessing things on others I’ve helped over the years, which really helps hone in on what works when combined with research, so I’ll give you guys a quick example.
On some of my “rest” days, I like to use my stationary bike, do some easy rowing, or get some skipping in, just to stay loose. None of them take more than 20 minutes max.
For any of these, I’ll make a small intra-workout drink, or a pre-workout drink that I’m also able to sip throughout training and keep my water bottle on standby.
Sip the water when you’re feeling thirsty, and the intra-workout when, or before, you’re feeling fatigued.
I’ll drink either a half of my intra-workout drink at the beginning, or a third of it depending on the length of the workout.
So let’s say it’s skipping – I’ll drink the first half 15 minutes before, grab the speed rope and skip, then chug the last half as soon as I’m done.
For biking, it’s a little different. I’ll drink a third slightly before the start, a third halfway through, and a third a few minutes before I’m finished cycling.
For rowing, I’ll do the same thing I did for skipping.
So when people ask when should they just drink water during a workout, honestly, the answer is rarely.
Drink it throughout the day, and drink it when you’re feeling thirsty during your workout.
It’s that straightforward.
That should clarify things and remember – keep it simple, stupid.
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