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Last week our high school team got their bodyfat measured and had to take a dehydration test to help determine which weight class they should shoot for. Surprisingly, several of our athletes failed the water test! This means they were borderline (or completely) dehydrated and had to re-take the test after drinking more water the next day. Seriously?! The average person hardly drinks water and walks around nearly dehydrated all the time. But athletes who train as hard as wrestlers do are far from average… so stop acting that way! If you’re going to go through the arduous motions of becoming a top wrestler, then stop doing what average people do and start doing what top wrestlers do… by drinking tons of water! It’s a well known fact that at the beginning of dehydration, the muscles are measured to be as much as 20% weaker. It would be a real shame to work so hard becoming a black belt technician and get beaten out physically because you gassed and got tired quickly in a match – simply because you forgot to do something as basic and simple as drink enough water! Here’s a tip to drastically improve your performance on the mat that requires no specialized wrestling gear or training equipment – drink the correct amount of water!! And when you’re done, drink some more. It’s recommended for the average person to drink 8 x 8oz. glasses of water/day. As an athlete, if you’re not drinking close to double this amount, you’re asking for trouble.
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