My During Workout Drink
Previously, I wrote about the importance of fueling your body with the correct nutrients and ingredients prior to hitting the weight room. Today, I want to talk about what supplements you should take during your workout, also known as “intra-workout”.
Why You Need an Intra-Workout Drink
Taking an intra-workout drink can help you in the following ways:
- Enhances overall strength
- Increases VO2 capacity
- Prolongs endurance
- Improves hydration & recovery
With all these benefits on other, it’d be foolish to overlook a potential formula that could maximise your performance whilst training.
If there’s a cutting-edge ingredient or formula that can give me that 5% edge in the gym, then I’m all for it. And when it comes to my intra-workout concoction, I just so happen to have that simple, effective formula that amplifies performance.
The supplement industry is currently undergoing a boom right now in this sector, but the formulas coming out just aren’t up to standard. The usual array of miniscule doses of ingredients combined with overhyped marketing has delivered less than satisfying products to date.
Here’s what to do instead.
How I Make the Perfect Intra-Workout Drink
- Fresh coconut water
- 10 grams of L-Glutamine
Simply mix both ingredients into a large shaker bottle or something that allows for 1,000ml in volume, and sip them in between sets over the course of your workout.
Benefits of Coconut Water
Coconut water is a clear unique liquid that provides superior hydration for weightlifters compared to other sources due to its rich vitamin, mineral and electrolyte content.
All of these are heavily depleted during intense training sessions which leads to endurance and strength ultimately being eroded.
Coconut water is rich in plant hormones such as phytohormones and cytokinins that have significant anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic effects. It is composed of naturally occurring bioactive enzymes, that aid in digestion and metabolism.
In addition to this, coconut water also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory which can help prevent the buildup of excessive waste in working muscles and improving overall circulation, potentially having nice synergy in allowing you to achieve great muscle pumps during sets!
There are a small, subtle amount of naturally occurring pure carbohydrates in coconut water – roughly 9 grams per 250 grams of product, so there’s no need to stress about an avalanche of additional calories into your diet either.
Benefits of Glutamine
Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid found within your bloodstream and contributes to the buildup of protein and muscle tissue. It is estimated that roughly 30-35% of the amino acids in your bloodstream are comprised of glutamine, and they’re heavily depleted during strenuous training.
Glutamine plays an integral role in recovery and takes on a more essential role for those of us who train frequently with weights or as athletes due to how heavily it’s drained during sessions.
Replenishing hard-hit glutamine stores intra-workout is a no-brainer, and 10 grams added directly into our coconut water makes it the perfect accomplice to prolonging overall workout intensity, enhancing recovery between sets, and also even improving your immune system’s functionality and gut health post-workout.
A simple, effective combination that is backed up by science to positively enhance overall strength, endurance, and hydration, in addition to improving health markers such as inflammation and gut health is a winner.
Combine coconut water with L-glutamine during your workouts and reap the benefits with more productivity from your sessions.