Happy Hour (1 drink) before a workout?

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    Sep 01, 2009 5:56 PM GMT
    Picture it...

    Occasionally co-workers or friends invite you to a quick "happy hour" at the end of the workday. For a variety of reasons (career and social), it's a bad idea to avoid these completely. But they don't happen often (maybe once per month) and are very short get-togethers, where it's easy to get away with just having one martini (ok, that's my own drink preference showing).

    Assuming that one is totally sober afterward, is there any reason to not go ahead with the regularly scheduled workout for that day when the happy hour breaks up?

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    Sep 01, 2009 6:00 PM GMT
    One drink doesn't matter much. Just make sure you hydrate before you to the gym.
  • EricLA

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    Sep 01, 2009 6:43 PM GMT
    Don't drink -- and bench press!

    One drink, even on an empty stomach, shouldn't be an issue.
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    Sep 01, 2009 8:51 PM GMT
    One of my buddies recently went to happy hour and afterwards went to the gym to hit the treadmill. He's passionate about working out and wanted to keep his routine. As he was embarking on his regular 20 minute run, his skinny ass fell off the treadmill. There was more than one drink involved. Neither he or anyone else was injured - thankfully.

    As a depressant, we know alcohol slows down your response time. I wouldn't think one drink would make much a difference for most guys - but would say drink and work out at your own risk.

    I've worked out before with one beer in my system without issue, but wouldn't feel comfortable myself working out after having more than one drink.
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    Sep 02, 2009 2:33 AM GMT
    I personally wouldn't, even after one drink. I'd make that a rest day, enjoy a beverage or two, and then make up for it another time.
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    Sep 02, 2009 2:39 AM GMT
    if you are serious about working out and truly have goals then you wouldnt have even one drink before a workout. You can go to Happy Hour and have a diet soda or water if you feel you have to schmooze for your job.
  • jrs1

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    Sep 02, 2009 7:41 AM GMT

    I don't advise drinking before a workout. I don't think it makes much sense. there shouldn't necessarily be a " workout-pertife " before sweating it out.
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    Sep 02, 2009 7:54 AM GMT
    Sorry but drinking before training is weak - period.
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    Sep 02, 2009 9:36 AM GMT
    Depending on the content and size of your martini, don't forget that one martini (at least the way I drink them) is 2-3 shots of gin (you didn't say vodka martini, so I'm going to assume you mean gin; a real martini, without adding the word "vodka" onto the front, is always gin). So just keep that in mind, and eat some bread with it.

    Considering these things, unless you're on a crazy rigid regimen and need to fine-tune everything, I think you're going to be okay as long as you're sober. Now, you might want to question whether your determination of "sober" is really accurate (most of us vastly misjudge our mental states when drinking), and consider just skipping the workout. If this is once a month, I really can't believe it's going to seriously inhibit you (again, assuming you're not training for competition).
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    Sep 02, 2009 10:17 AM GMT
    Not that one drink, physically, will effect you workout. Not really since by the time you drive from the bar to the gym and get into your w/o gear, you most likely will have burnt off one martini. But who has one? I have a rule. I never drink before a workout. If work situations puts me in a place that I do drink more than one, I skip the workout. I work out twice as much the next day, but working out should not be the most important thing in your life. Being with friends should. I know I will not lose anything skipping a day. My friends are more important, in the moment. Skipping a week, hell ya. One day? No.