Alcohol and working out

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    Mar 17, 2013 12:12 AM GMT
    Is it ok to have a cup of red wine if Im working out? Would it affect my fitness goals? I have a cup of wine every other day but I've been refraining from drinking since I started to hit gym again.
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    Mar 17, 2013 12:56 AM GMT
    Last night I had a coworker sleep over (non-sexual...good friend).

    He doesn't drink. I got drunk as fuck. We worked out together. I still lifted heavier than him. icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 17, 2013 5:05 AM GMT
    I had a few shots of Vodka before I went to the gym once.

    I couldn't even damn function properly.

    I had to stop running and leave.

    LOL

    NEVER again.

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    Mar 17, 2013 7:06 PM GMT
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    charlitos saidIs it ok to have a cup of red wine if Im working out? Would it affect my fitness goals? I have a cup of wine every other day but I've been refraining from drinking since I started to hit gym again.


    Before or after?


    After.
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    Mar 17, 2013 7:13 PM GMT
    I think ONE glass of red wine (which is what you asked, I'm pretty sure) isn't going to harm your goals. Besides, I'm pretty sure I've read a glass of wine (I think even red wine specifically) every other day is good for your health.

    It won't help, but I also don't think it'd hinder the process much at all. Plenty of people I know who are ripped at my gym drink all the time, I always see them at bars, but I'm sure they have a strict diet and routine otherwise and try not to get belligerent.
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    Mar 17, 2013 7:21 PM GMT
    One cup of wine is not lethal, but will affect Your muscles after workout.

    Alcohol dries and is metabolized on formaldehyd. The drying effect means that Your body in try to get back in balance will take the water from cells and solute the extracellular liquid. That menas, that the inner presure in cell which pushes it to improve the cell membtrane goes down and the effect of workout is gone. As a acidic element, alcohol damages protein chains holding cells together, so the muscle will lose the structural integrity. It goes blob.

    Later, the alcohol is processed by liver on formaldehyde. That´s the stuff making You sick after party. Processing this poison will cost You lot of proteins. They won´t go to repair the muscles but they will be used for creating detoxicating enzymes.

    Better drink day after :-D
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    Mar 17, 2013 7:39 PM GMT
    charlitos saidIs it ok to have a cup of red wine if Im working out? Would it affect my fitness goals? I have a cup of wine every other day but I've been refraining from drinking since I started to hit gym again.


    I suppose an occasional drink is OK. On the other hand, research shows that alcohol will suppress the production of testosterone for something like 24 hours, and, of course, you need that hormone to put muscle on. So, drinking might slow your progress, especially with regard to adding muscle.
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    Mar 17, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
    I would not do it before working out for sure, your neuromuscular system (the nerves that control the muscles) do not coordinate as well when you are drinking alcohol, and you can hurt yourself. You do not realize the lack of coordination because you normally operate with unconscious coordination (hands by side, walking).. but when you have to put conscious effort into a lift your coordination and power will be effected, and you could easily hurt yourself.

    My rule has always been that if it hurts my workouts, if I can feel it the next day then its too much. I've pretty much learned this is 1-2 glasses of wine, and stay well hydrated, then I am 100% the next day in the gym. I also don't drink every weekend.

    If I have more than that, then I tend to be more dehydrated than normal, fatigued and I notice my workouts are not as good. It also messes with my sleep pattern big time and that has a huge effect at the gym and in my job.


    This is always a big argument with people who like to drink and excercise.. I think some people genuinely can't afford to do it, not because of the alcohol itself but because of the effects of the alcohol the next day... to an unmotivated person its enough to make them not go at all. But, I think a person who can do it sensibly and drink mildly will be okay.
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    Mar 17, 2013 7:47 PM GMT
    My $0.02.

    Quite a few years ago it was thought (?) alcohol consumption inhibits muscle repair to some extent. Read it several times in the mags of the day. Just googled it and couldn't find anything though.

    Ask any heart patient or someone w/an heart arrhythmia (me) and they will tell you that alcohol inhibits the efficiency of the heart and if you've had a heart attack/muscle or valve damage you will notice it after a drink or 2. That being said I drink a lot of home brewed beer, micro brews, good red wines and whiskey. Just not when I am going hiking or going to be doing manual labor. I am a good example of a bad example though lol Don't follow my lead.

    You are young and way healthy. Shouldn't even be an issue. The folks who can't spare the surplus calories on the other hand shouldn't drink alcohol, fruit juices or soda pop until they get their body fat down. Body fat as an organ influences body metabolism and hormone production and the chunky folks to a larger extent suffer the consequences w/athero and arteriosclerosis leading to heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease. My physician told me (and I looked it up as he is a BSer) that 20% of adults who drink regularly will develop some level of liver sclerosis or fatty liver. They might succumb to something else but have that as an underlying condition.

    Alcohol and any large regular influx of simple sugars will "F" w/triglyceride levels (elevate them) and suppress HDL, and enhance LDL so the literature and my blood lipid profile attests to. The 2 drinks a day model for a man (1 for women) is a good idea not to exceed.

    A drink before going to the gym or just about anywhere would make me sleepy but that's just me.
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    Mar 17, 2013 9:08 PM GMT
    the liver is a bad organ that needs to be punished.

    That's all I'm saying icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 17, 2013 9:30 PM GMT
    a small amount is fine. A lot of the complete abstinence stuff is temperance/AA revisited.

    Also,

    Hi Charlitos ;)
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    Mar 18, 2013 2:22 AM GMT
    GonzoTheGreat saida small amount is fine. A lot of the complete abstinence stuff is temperance/AA revisited.

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    Hi Charlitos ;)


    mmmm, its small, so I hope it wont mess me up much. Hi lostboy, yes I refuse to call you Gonzo The Great.
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    Mar 18, 2013 2:23 AM GMT
    Arcturian saidOne cup of wine is not lethal, but will affect Your muscles after workout.

    Alcohol dries and is metabolized on formaldehyd. The drying effect means that Your body in try to get back in balance will take the water from cells and solute the extracellular liquid. That menas, that the inner presure in cell which pushes it to improve the cell membtrane goes down and the effect of workout is gone. As a acidic element, alcohol damages protein chains holding cells together, so the muscle will lose the structural integrity. It goes blob.

    Later, the alcohol is processed by liver on formaldehyde. That´s the stuff making You sick after party. Processing this poison will cost You lot of proteins. They won´t go to repair the muscles but they will be used for creating detoxicating enzymes.

    Better drink day after :-D



    shit. well I guess thats hard cuz i work out 5 times a week. No more alcohol for me it is.
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    Mar 18, 2013 2:27 AM GMT
    Kev1962 saidMy $0.02.

    Quite a few years ago it was thought (?) alcohol consumption inhibits muscle repair to some extent. Read it several times in the mags of the day. Just googled it and couldn't find anything though.

    Ask any heart patient or someone w/an heart arrhythmia (me) and they will tell you that alcohol inhibits the efficiency of the heart and if you've had a heart attack/muscle or valve damage you will notice it after a drink or 2. That being said I drink a lot of home brewed beer, micro brews, good red wines and whiskey. Just not when I am going hiking or going to be doing manual labor. I am a good example of a bad example though lol Don't follow my lead.

    You are young and way healthy. Shouldn't even be an issue. The folks who can't spare the surplus calories on the other hand shouldn't drink alcohol, fruit juices or soda pop until they get their body fat down. Body fat as an organ influences body metabolism and hormone production and the chunky folks to a larger extent suffer the consequences w/athero and arteriosclerosis leading to heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease. My physician told me (and I looked it up as he is a BSer) that 20% of adults who drink regularly will develop some level of liver sclerosis or fatty liver. They might succumb to something else but have that as an underlying condition.

    Alcohol and any large regular influx of simple sugars will "F" w/triglyceride levels (elevate them) and suppress HDL, and enhance LDL so the literature and my blood lipid profile attests to. The 2 drinks a day model for a man (1 for women) is a good idea not to exceed.

    A drink before going to the gym or just about anywhere would make me sleepy but that's just me.


    Im trying to take my workout as serious as possible. I thought that a cup of wine was healthy cause Ive always heard that from people. But I didnt know if this was true when working out specially weight lifting. I think I will just stop drinking altogether maybe a beer on Saturdays if my buddies really get annoying about it.
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    Mar 18, 2013 2:29 AM GMT
    To me working out always trumps booze.

    I see it this way: If I drink after I just worked out, it pretty much cancels that workout out. Then the next day I won't gym because I'll feel like shit. Then I will hit the gym the day after that, and have a shitty workout because I'm still dehydrated and not feeling good from two nights ago when I drank. So it's like 3 days of catchup. #notworthit

    Needless to say, I don't drink anymore haha.

    Not sure about a glass of wine, but why ruin that body even in the slightest for something that's not even that good... I mean, you couldn't even replace the wine with a dark n' stormy or something? ;)
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    Mar 20, 2013 8:07 PM GMT

    All that working out for nothing... *tisk tisk*

    Ya just stay sober, get drunk on your muscles. =)