Guys with a gallon carton of water...

  • manpit209

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    Dec 10, 2010 6:51 AM GMT
    I'm curious to know what the purpose of drinking a gallon of water. I've seen a few guys at the gym who carry around a gallon carton of water to drink from as they workout. Why do they do that? Is it because they are taking creatine? Most of the guys I've seen that do this are either ripped or beefy bulk. I know drinking a lot of water is good but a gallon seems to be a bit overboard. Thanks for any insight!
  • Heinjd

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    Dec 10, 2010 2:48 PM GMT
    Maybe they're just really thirsty? I know I love drinking a lot of water during my training. icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 10, 2010 2:53 PM GMT
    I used to drink close to a gallon during workouts when I was on creatine and protein powders.
    Never carried a gallon jug, though...just refilled the same water bottle several times.
  • ohioguy12

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    Dec 10, 2010 2:57 PM GMT
    I've done this before for several reasons

    1. I don't have any smaller bottles
    2. I'm doing something after my workout, and wanna make sure I'm well hydrated
    3. I have a friend with me and we're sharing
    4. Use less plastic in the long run buying gallons of water vs smaller bottles
  • massbuildah

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    Dec 10, 2010 2:59 PM GMT
    Water is huge! It's vital to anyone who's bodybuilding, lifting, training for anything or just staying fit. I carry the gallon to the gym because it keeps from having to refill constantly. It's definitley more critical when you take creatine to stay hydrated, but it's important all the time.

    On training days i may drink 2 gallons throughout the whole day..
  • trl_

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    Dec 10, 2010 3:06 PM GMT
    The scientific reason I heard for why guys do this is because when you're building muscle you need a constant supply of water since cells are built with water....Sorry, I'm not a pure sciences person, I'm more into the social sciences so I can't give a better explanation than that. lol
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    Dec 10, 2010 4:23 PM GMT
    It's a training/ease of measurement thing. For those of us in training for competition, we're usually drinking up to 2 gallons of water a day. Carrying around a gallon jug makes it easy to count your intake.
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    Dec 10, 2010 4:25 PM GMT
    The muscles can't break down and use protein or creatine without water. So the more water you drink, the more water your muscles can use to break down proteins and amino acids, and the better your muscles get.
  • Halcyonz

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    Dec 10, 2010 4:26 PM GMT
    I do it because I try and keep my rest period between sets to <30 - 45 seconds. Carrying the water helps because I don't have to walk to the fountain and I do not lose my equipment that I am on. And plus, water is just good for you! drink a lot! icon_smile.gif
  • 11city

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    Dec 10, 2010 4:33 PM GMT
    i usually drink 2 gallons of H2O per day, so i am totally the dude lugging around the jug at the gym. if nothing else, it's fun to pee every hour on the hour icon_wink.gif
  • Anto

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    Dec 10, 2010 4:51 PM GMT
    Is it actually necessary to drink that much water though for working out? I would think that if you have to pee a lot throughout the day then that would mean your body is getting rid of water because it has enough already so it's overkill.
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    Dec 10, 2010 5:16 PM GMT
    Anto saidIs it actually necessary to drink that much water though for working out? I would think that if you have to pee a lot throughout the day then that would mean your body is getting rid of water because it has enough already so it's overkill.
    if you're taking a lot of powdered supplements (such as creatine) you need to up your water intake to lower the load on your kidneys.

    also, because creatine pulls water from the interstitial spaces and adds more into the muscle cells, you can get dehydrated a lot easier while taking said supplement. (and also, when you quit taking it, you'll lose all that mass!)
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    Dec 10, 2010 7:50 PM GMT
    If you hydrate throughout the day, you won't need to carry around a jug of water at the gym.

    I think most guys carry a gallon water because they read somewhere that they should carry around a gallon of water, and drink it all during their workout. I don't know about other guys, but I spend around an hour at the gym. There's no way I can finish a gallon of water during that time.

    Another thing to remember is that you can overhydrate yourself. Don't force yourself to drink water if your body doesn't need it.
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    Dec 10, 2010 8:45 PM GMT
    The time periods I've been the most muscular and most serious with my training I've drank tons of water. I carried around a gallon jug w me at the gym and it helps show you exactly how much your drinking. I am usually taking creatine (SizeOn) while training so the water is a part of that. It really helps everything in the whole muscle building process
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    Dec 10, 2010 8:56 PM GMT
    BadKidz saidi usually drink 2 gallons of H2O per day, so i am totally the dude lugging around the jug at the gym. if nothing else, it's fun to pee every hour on the hour icon_wink.gif


    that's ok baby, you can do whatever the fuck you want...and I mean whatever.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 13, 2010 2:18 PM GMT
    I can drink a ton of water within a few hours. I had 7 water bottles in 4 hours time once, which wasn't enough still, and that was me rationing my water. I start cramping really bad when I get dehydrated, and I usually drip puddles of water. So for me it's more of a prevention thing.
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    Dec 13, 2010 2:23 PM GMT
    hahah! I see this all the time and DIE!!!

    I can see a large body builder drinking it.. I mean I go through like 2-3 bottles of water!

    BUT... when skinny ass teens due it I just don't understand... cause even if they could get through ALL that water.. they'll either vomit it back up or get sever CRAMPS!!!
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    Dec 13, 2010 2:29 PM GMT
    Well I do this b/c I don't feel like walking to the other side of the gym to drink water..
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    Dec 13, 2010 2:36 PM GMT
    I use a 32 Oz bottle for my water, its huge. But it helps me know that i need to drink 2 of those a day to get the right amount of water.
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    Dec 13, 2010 3:10 PM GMT
    Yes, water is vital whether you're taking supplements or just needing to stay hydrated. That's a give in.

    However, the same guys that typically bring a gallon jug with them to the gym are the same guys that occupy two machines and have that "look at me!" style when they work out.

    To say someone's too lazy to keep refilling their smaller less obnoxious bottle is kinda ironic to why they're even working out in the first place, no?

    That said, at home, having two full gallon containers is a great poor man's dumbbell and the grips are actually more natural to hold.
    I love using them for shoulder work and bicep toning.:-)
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    Dec 25, 2010 6:47 AM GMT
    Its for posers that think theyre bodybuilders.
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    Dec 25, 2010 7:14 AM GMT
    I do it in case terrorist poison the water supply while I'm at the gym. Them I know I have at least one gallon of good water.
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    Dec 25, 2010 8:19 AM GMT
    There's no point in carrying around a gallon carton of water. It makes you look dumb.

    Excess water just forces your kidneys to excrete more water. Yes, staying hydrated is important, but you can go back to the water fountain with a liter bottle, which is big itself, just fine. If you drink too much water at once, you can develop water toxicity with hyponatremia, or low sodium concentration in the blood. This will cause a shift in water concentration to your organs, including brain, which can be fatal. This is an extreme case of course if your'e just chugging water because "omg it's so good for me I can't get enough water I"m going to drink until I'm sick!!!" But since this is a fitness fanatic forum, I thought I'd throw it out there.

    It's not a marathon either. You're not losing a lot of water lifting weights. A liter should be sufficient for most people. Perhaps filling it up again if you just got off the treadmill and are a heavy sweater. No one at the gym really needs an electrolyte drink unless you're abusing your knees by running for 1.5 hrs on a treadmill or something excessive and nonstop.
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    Dec 25, 2010 8:23 AM GMT
    It kind of turns me on
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    Dec 25, 2010 2:30 PM GMT
    I appreciate the guys carrying the gallon jug. They don't stand at the drinking fountain slowly refilling their bottle ignorant to the line of people behind them waiting impatiently to get a quick drink of water in between sets.