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The Proper Way to Hydrate for Infrared Training

Common sense tells us that you should drink water or some healthy form of sports drink while you do a workout. Of course you should drink when you’re thirsty! But when you are working out your body is depleting itself of electrolytes and your muscles want to recover at once during every set or posture that you do, not just after the workout is done. Hydrate your body with what it needs when it needs it. Water is NOT enough…you need electrolytes and aminos during your workout.

Recently I have begun to notice how energized I get when I use the HOTWORX During & After Workout Powder mixed with my water. I notice the “umph” almost immediately when I take a drink. Why does this happen? First, let’s understand what is in this powder. The HydroGo During & After powder is packed with electrolytes and BCAA’s.

Electrolytes such as potassium and sodium are minerals that are electrically charged, and your body needs them to do its metabolic work like generating energy for muscle contraction during a workout. When your body is resupplied with electrolytes during training you will sense a boost in energy levels if you are focused enough to notice. Your mind should always be paying attention to your body during a fitness session.

What about aminos? BCAA’s are a source of energy during a workout!

Branched Chain Amino Acids, or BCAA’s for short, consists of the three essential amino acids including valine, leucine, and isoleucine. Mose BCAA supplements supply twice as much of the amino leucine as the other two. The HOTWORX During & After Workout powder has a 2:1:1 ratio. This is done because leucine is much better at generating protein synthesis and reducing the breakdown of muscle protein.

BCAA’s can reduce fatigue during workouts and help to limit the levels of tryptophan in the brain. The body uses tryptophan to make serotonin that can cause drowsiness. BCAA’s go to work in the muscle recovery process to lower levels of soreness from workout inflammation  too. BCAA’s also promote muscle building through the stimulus of muscle proteins.

“When glucose — your muscles’ main energy source — becomes low, BCAAs can serve as a source of energy. (1)

BCAA’s also support immunity. Exercise can wear down immunity due to a reduction in glutamine, but BCAA’s can help to build it back up by converting to glutamine for the muscles.

I can tell you from experience with mixing BCAA/electrolyte powder with my workout water that it packs a very noticeable punch when you drink it DURING your workouts, not just after. Your body needs to resupply the electrolytes it loses during a sweat session, and it needs aminos the moment you begin to break down your muscles during a workout. This combo can give you a much needed burst of energy and recovery while you train!


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Stephen P. Smith, MA
CEO and Creator of HOTWORX, Author, Former National Collegiate Bodybuilding Champion and Arena Football Player, Certified Professional Trainer


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