Whether you’re a bodybuilder or not, hydration is an important factor for muscle building as well as our overall health and fitness, as our body is 50–60% water. Therefore, we can’t overstate the importance of being properly hydrated. Water helps our cells function properly, helps in many bodily functions, and is a major factor in muscle building.
Insane Muscle Pump
When you workout or even exercise, your muscles contract due to external resistance. When this contraction occurs, water is driven to muscle cells from the blood, making the surrounding area expand. This is the muscle pump we talk about. However, if you are dehydrated, muscles tend to transfer the water from your muscles back to the bloodstream to maintain blood pressure and circulation. That’s why staying hydrated is necessary for muscle pump.
Muscle recovery booster
One of the biggest hurdles in muscle and strength building is muscle damage and fatigue after an intense workout. Dehydration can make the muscle recovery process even worse. Adequate hydration helps speed up muscle recovery time. When you workout for hours, try and include a source of fluid like EAAs, BCAAs, etc. to help out with muscle recovery and building.
BCAAs are a great source of fluid to help you out in your intense workout sessions. There are a number of brands in India, and one of the brands which is making the rounds is ‘Knockout’ by Absolute Nutrition, popularly known as ‘India ka Imported Brand’. Drift BCAAs by ‘Knockout’ contains 1000MG L-Glutamine for faster muscle recovery and 100MG Natural Caffeine for focused and prolonged workout sessions.
During intense workout sessions, your knees, hips, and all the joints go through a lot of stress. Water helps in moistening the joints to help ease movement. Adequate water in your body gives your joints extra support, allowing you to maximise your workout performance.
Hydration strategy for lifters
A non-lifter's hydration strategy would differ from that of a bodybuilder or gymgoer. A bodybuilder or a person who does hardcore workouts requires an enhanced metabolic rate and a larger supply of nutrients and oxygen than a non-lifter. The recommended water intake for an average non-lifter is 6–8 glasses of water per day. Bodybuilders and people who exercise frequently are advised to drink 3.5-7 litres of water per day.
Dehydration for bodybuilding prep
Bodybuilders are judged on the size, definition, proportion, and symmetry of their muscles when they participate in competitions. It has been proven that becoming dehydrated during prep improves the body's vascularity and helps make all of these components more visible and make them appear more "ripped" and flex their low body fat percentage. This is why bodybuilders fiercely cut their water intake a few hours or a day before stepping on the stage.
Everyone needs water
It doesn’t matter if you’re a gym goer, a bodybuilder, an office worker, a couch potato, or anyone, hydration is equally important for everyone. A dehydrated body leads to fatigue and muscle loss at a higher rate than usual. That’s why you should drink water regularly and make sure you are at your full potential. As a gym goer, you should remember to drink water before, during, and after a workout, as water is an essential part of muscle growth.
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