Is Boxing Behind The Times on Hydration?

I was watching the Australian open and the great length’s that the Players took to avoid dehydration to compete to the best of their body’s ability for a substained period. There is no doubt in my mind that Murray and Novak Djokovic avoid cramps and performance drop because of the lengths Tennis players go to rehydrate properly and to have the best supplement programme to aid there natural nutrition diet.

I am sure one thing we will all agree is that there is not many sports that match the gruelling conditioning needed in Boxing and few if any that surpass it. 12 Rounds of boxing is the ultimate test of two evenly matched people at the same weight giving it there all. If you have an off day in Football or Rugby you can be subbed or rely on your team in Boxing you can’t have an off day. So every advantage counts right? You have got to be as fit and strong in the ring as you possibly be, peak at the right time. So it suprises me still the amount of Boxers that take none or very little in the way of supplement products. It makes sense doesn’t it, when you step into that squared circle you need to be sure that you have trained as hard as you could of done and why many people are doing this, without supplementing your diet are you missing out on an extra edge?

Dehydration can lead to poor performance when exercising. If you want to make it to the end of your training session in the best possible condition and with the maximum training benefit, you need to be thinking of drinking long before you feel thirsty.

Even slight dehydration, such as a 1-2% loss in body weight (or 640-1600ml of sweat lost in an 80kg fighter) can have up to a 20% negative effect on performance, according to research. A loss of just 2% in your body weight may affect your ability to exercise; a 4% loss can cause exhaustion. If you’re competing, for every 1% drop in body weight there’s about a 5% drop in performance.

If you’re performing high intensity exercise, a sweating rate may be between 1-2.5 litres per hour when it’s hot. While it’s not really realistic to consume more than a litre per hour, it’s best to minimize dehydration as much as possible and this is where Sports Fuel Comes in. I mean you wouldn’t fill a high end sports car with the wrong fuel so don’t do it to your body!

Drinking Water on its own is a poor rehydrator because it dilutes the concentration of sodium too much in the blood, reducing thirst before you are truly hydrated and affecting cell function. Your drink is not just about hydration though, you need carbohydrates important in maintaining exercise and sport performance. Electrolytes that promotes proper rehydration and other key nutrients. All essential for maintaining exercise and sport performance.

Sports drinks can be split into three major types:

Isotonic sports drinks contain similar concentrations of salt and sugar as in the human body. Hydration & Energy. For standard intensity exercise and racing

Hypertonic sports drinks contain a higher concentration of salt and sugar than the human body. Boost Energy, for short intensity and interval sessions

Hypotonic sports drinks contain a lower concentration of salt and sugar than the human body. Max. Hydration. For hot condition or low intensity exercise

In our opinion from all sports drinks available on the market Nectar, tastes the best and offers regular users of energy products the latest nutritional science in a format that makes drinks fast, clean and precisely. They specialise in making products that taste good and Nectar Fuel Systems can make a Hypotonic, Isotonic or Hypertonic sports drink from one product. Fast, clean and precise. No more messy powders to mix. Simply Choose your Race fuel 1 pump = Hypotonic. 2 pumps = Isotonic. 3 pumps = Hypertonic.

So don’t waste your workout performing below par, Rehydrate properly and see what it can do for your workout!

J Starsky

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