Wednesday 6/10

3 rounds for time:
400m run
12 Power Snatch @ 135/95

So Mother Nature has decided to turn up the thermostat an extra 20 degrees in the last few days. With that increase in heat you are going to probably need to consume slightly more water. There is a lot of half-baked information about exercise and hydration that has become conventional wisdom regarding how much water you need to drink and when. Keep in mind that most of that research is conducted through the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, yes this is a real thing. Not surprisingly, many of these studies show that dehydration is dangerous, and hurts athletic performance so athletes should actively work to prevent dehydration, you know, like by drinking more Gatorade. Here’s an example:

40ounces (1)

This is an insane amount of fluid to drink

Yes, severe dehydration is dangerous and yes, it can definitely interfere with athletic performance. However, it takes a lot of work to become dehydrated to this point. We are talking about hours of vigorous activity, in the heat, without access to fluids. Most of us will never experience these kind of conditions, not even during a WOD. Furthermore, drinking too much water, which can lead to hyponatremia or water intoxication, is actually just as dangerous as severe dehydration and has been responsible for the deaths of a handful of high school football players over the last few years.

A good, simple way of preventing dehydration is to drink as much water as you need when you are thirsty. If you are concerned about a drop in electrolytes, try adding an electrolyte tablet to your water instead of grabbing a sugar and artificial color laden drink like Gatorade. On days that near triple-digit temperatures we encourage you to have water handy, especially during the warm-up and post-WOD and if you really need it during the WOD, drink some water! Just make sure you are taking a water break because you are actually thirsty.

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