Jul 2nd, 2014
Author: CrossFit CDR
Category: CDR Community
Do not limit the limitless God! With Him, face the future unafraid because you are never alone!
-Lettie Cowman, American writer of devotional books
HYDRATION!: Why it’s crucial to athletic performance!
Even though we rave about all of the supplements, protein powders, vitamins, and minerals we offer, water is still the most important aspect of your training and performance. Our muscle cells and blood contain more than 75% water, where all of the necessary functions for athletic ability takes place, and as little as a 1% drop in body water content can negatively impact your performance.
As you know, Redlands can get extremely hot and humid, and inside the box the temperature and humidity can be even greater than outside! Therefore it is crucial that you start drinking water early throughout the day before you workout. Estimating how much fluid you need a day can be tricky, but you should strive to drink at least 8 cups of water daily, and should up that to 16 cups a day if you are working out heavy. Try measuring yourself before and after you workout, as your goal should be to maintain your weight by drinking enough water during your WOD. As a rule of thumb, for every pound you lose during your workout, try to drink at least 16 oz -20 oz of water in order to replenish your body water content. Your body can also absorb about 16 oz-24 oz per hour, so make sure you have enough water during your workout to maintain your body’s stores. Pre-workout drinks can count towards your daily water intake, but be weary of their caffeine content. Caffeine acts as a diuretic, which means that you may be losing more water than you are putting in. So if you do drink a pre-workout with a lot of caffeine, make sure to drink plenty of water afterwards.
DO NOT wait until you are feeling thirsty to start hydrating, because by this point it is too late! The summer will only get worse, so grab some Aqua Hydrates in order to tackle tomorrow’s WOD!
Workout of the Day
Skill: 5 Rounds
Ring Push-Up Complex
80 DB Walking Lunges #25/15
800 M Run with Sandbag
600 M Run with Sandbag
40 Power Snatches #50/35
400 M Run with Sandbag