Tip: If You Lift Weights Early In The Morning Make Sure You Do This

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If you train early in the AM make sure you are well hydrated to prevent back injuries.

One of our WWLW Facebook Group members was asking about lifting weights in the morning.

I replied back to let her know that its very important to be WELL hydrated if you train early.

Here is why.

Years ago I did a two day workshop focused on lower back and core with Dr. Stu McGill in Arizona that changed my life.

(Note: after this workshop I became good friends with Stu and he has helped me countless times with my back/hip injuries and recovery).

Dr. Stu is pretty much the leading expert on lower back problems and spinal injuries. 

He is the guy that people go to when no one else can help you. 

He also helps athletes, strongman and PowerLifters and more.

I went to his workshop because I had a back injury for 10+ years and nothing was helping. 

I was in agony all the time and I decided that if I want to overcome this I need to take action and learn from the best.

I learned many things that weekend from Dr. McGill but a big thing I learned was about people who train and lift early in the AM.

One of the things that Stu said was if you train early in the morning to make sure you are well hydrated (and be warm) before you lift.

At night our body will go through water and can impact dehydration.

IMPORTANT: Your spine/discs are a very large portion of water. If you are dehydrated this can be a big problem.

At birth, the water content of a disc is about 90 percent, which decreases as we age.

So be sure to drink water before bed and first thing in the AM.

If you drink coffee (who doesn’t?) make sure to hydrate even more.

I start every day with 1-2 glasses of lemon water with a pinch of salt before I hit my strong coffee (which I also now add a pinch of salt and I love it in coffee).

I also recommend that you use some type of electrolyte drink as I think most women are dehydrated not from lack of water but lack of electrolytes/sodium.

Especially if you sweat a lot and/or drink lots of caffeine etc.

If you train in the AM be sure to hydrate, take electrolytes and warm up properly before you lift.

One back injury can impact your training and life.  So be sure to hydrate in the AM before training.

Train hard but train smart.

Coach Rob


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