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Water and power(2 posts)

Water and powerBC
Jan 6, 2002 2:27 PM
I have heard that if you do not drink enough water your muscle tone will suffer. If that's true will your power decrease? One more thing: is it possible to increase power without gaining weight or muscle size (assuming you don't drop body fat %)?


Water, the giver of lifeKerry Irons
Jan 6, 2002 3:58 PM
If you don't drink enough water, everything will suffer. What exactly do you mean by "muscle tone"? This is a term often associated with looks rather than performance. Loss of 2% of body weight as water will cause a drop in performance for endurance sports. Obviously, that means a loss of power (though your muscles may still look good!). Yes, you can increase power without increased weight or muscle size by working on the specifics of the power you want to deliver. The ability to pedal at increased cadence (in the same gear) is a way that delivers more power, and is a skill that comes not from increased muscle size. I think some guy named Armstrong has demonstrated this pretty well.