Introducing The Importance of Hydration in Boxing

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On the 22nd of March 1990, Gateshead Leisure Centre was packed to the rafters in support of local boxer, Glenn McCrory. Glenn was going up against American Jeff Lampkin and the pair went into battle for the IBF Cruiserweight title; however, McCrory knew before he entered the ring that he was beat. Glenn’s biggest danger on the night wasn’t Lampkin – it was dehydration.

Even before Glenn entered the ring, he was so fatigued that it wasn’t just losing the bout that he feared. Glenn lost the fight in the third round but was just thankful to walk out of the ring alive. “When I defended my world title against Jeff Lampkin in 1990, I was so dehydrated making the weight that I knew I was going to lose the fight even before I got into the ring. I was so weak and exhausted that my biggest fear wasn’t losing the title; I feared for my life. I genuinely mean that.” He added: “The obvious dangers of dehydration is the elephant in the room when it comes to boxing – it is the last taboo – and the sport needs to have an honest conversation about it.” It continues, he insists, in recent contests he has witnessed.

In the 30 years since, Glenn has worked in the highest capacity in boxing commentary and analysis for global TV and radio. Glenn has sadly had to watch many fighters surrender their titles in similar ways, and on occasions has seen friends and fellow fighters seriously injured or even lose their life.

The primary impact that dehydration has is a decrease in cardiovascular function. Dehydration during exercise leads to an increase in heart rate for the same intensity of activity. This is because the body tries to cope to maintain cardiac output but can only help for a short duration. This leads to a drop in cardiac output, reducing oxygen supply to the muscles, and, as a result, performance declines.

Another effect is cognition. Data indicates that even slight dehydration (one percent) can impair cognitive function. Two per cent dehydration can lead to a ten per cent loss in performance. Furthermore, some studies suggest that dehydration may be a contributing factor to the onset of cramp during and after exercise.

Hydration is already difficult to maintain during fights. A combination of high temperatures and dehydration heightens the risk factors associated with poor performance even more.

By taking Totum Sport alongside water is the only way to ensure optimum water is retained resulting in complete hydration.

Totum Sport provides over 70 minerals and electrolytes in the perfect proportions. This is important as by supplying the full spectrum of electrolytes, you ensure that you replace all electrolytes that are lost, including those that are often forgotten about such as lead.

By supplying the full spectrum of electrolytes, the function and absorption of each element is optimised as they work in synergy.

Taking Totum Sport makes hydration easy, not only helping to retain water in the cells but by replacing all the electrolytes that are lost through sweat. This helps prevent a reduction in power output near the end of performance and helps sustain focus.

Glenn recently took to the stage and presented an in depth presentation to 40 boxing trainers. In the presentation Glenn focused on the importance of hydration in boxing, an area of safety which needs to be addressed.