Thursday, 26 February 2009

Weightlifting and Dehydration

Dehydration has a direct impact on performance when weightlifting in the gym. Surprisingly many people dont realise that those "Off days" they sometimes experience can be due to mild dehydration.

If you dont ensure you are well hydrated when weightlifting then you can expect to see a huge dip in performance. Firstly you will find your strength reduced so you cannot lift as heavy as normal, after this you will then notice that you cannot lift for long so your muscle endurance is affected also.

To ensure you are fully hydrated drink water before and during your training session.

For a typical adult you should ensure you drink 1.5 litres to 3 litres of water a day, if you are on a training day then an extra 500ml to a litre will help keep you hydrated throughout the day.