One day after a swimming practice session the topic of post workout meal came up. One of the guys suggested chocolate milk as a post workout meal another suggested an “In and Out” hamburger. Although both choices sounded good to eat it was debatable as to what would be the best choice. After all, a workout should help one build muscle and as far as our swimming workouts, increase aerobic potential. But if you eat crap after a workout you’d nearly defeat the entire purpose of a workout and lose out on the maximum gains possible. And I don’t think … Continue reading →
One topic that has interested me is muscle cramps, I seem to get those in my legs about 45 minutes or so into a swimming practice. They seem to come with a combination of dehydration coupled with fatigue. In looking over research on the topic I have found that muscle cramping has been reported more during the hotter summer months, pointing to dehydration as a source, and some research has pointed out that cramps occurred in subjects who had the highest levels of ammonia release, which is an indicator of protein breakdown, using protein as a fuel source which occurs … Continue reading →
I often wondered what I should I eat as a pre-work meal, or for that matter, a pre-event meal. I want to have sufficient stores of calories so that I do not break down the lean muscle I’ve worked hard to build up. As a Masters Swimmer my hour+ workouts burn about 700 cal (per hour). So what and when should I eat. Here is what I have work out and the reasoning behind it. Since I don’t want to have my food come up and either feed the fish or mess up the pool, I have to eat at … Continue reading →
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