Here at SS we've been big fans of PH's individual approach to hydration since they were founded in 2011. In many ways this mirrors our own individual approach to stroke technique:
As you know to perform at our best as athletes it is essential that we stay hydrated but what you might not appreciate is that everyone loses a different amount of sodium in their sweat, from as little as 200mg/litre to as much as 2000mg/litre. Maintaining sodium levels in your blood is crucial to performing at your best so a "one-size-fits-all" approach to hydration just doesn't work.
The first thing to do is determine how much sodium you lose in your own individual sweat, which you can do using the on-line sweat test here or using the laboratory sweat test here. Precision Hydration will then recommend you a personalised plan to use before, during and after training / races to perform at your very best. If you know you lose a lot of salt in your sweat or perform poorly in hot conditions this is an absolute must.
|Laboratory Sweat Test|
Currently I use a carbohydrate drink with electrolytes in it, what's wrong with that? The problem here is that whilst your energy needs will be similar to other athletes for a given session or race, your sodium requirements could be hugely different. The modern approach to sports nutrition is to separate out your energy and electrolyte needs so that you have control over each individually. Use a tailored solution of PH in your drink and take gels or solids to replace your calories.
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As part of our partnership with PH you can save 15% off your first order with them using the discount code SWIMSMOOTH in their on-line shop. Or follow this link to their site and the discount will be automatically applied in the cart: www.precisionhydration.com/discount/SWIMSMOOTH
Take the sweat test and get started today.
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