Training Tip #1: Water
Training Tip By:
Johnny Doyle
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Los Angeles Clippers
Everyone needs to drink plenty of water. Water is the most critical element in your diet. Under very moderate exercise and weather conditions, you need about two quarts of water per day. Water is necessary for life. Your body needs plenty of water for digestion and food absorption as well as for excreting waste. Water is also helps maintain blood plasma levels and is an organ and joint lubricant. You can go a long time without food if necessary; but you cannot survive without water.

Water plays two vital roles when you exercise:
(1) It regulates you bodys temperature, especially during workouts
(2) It transports both nutrients and by-products into and out of your cells

Here are some guidelines that you can follow for drinking water:
  • Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day
  • Drink 2 glasses of water 15 minutes before workout or competition
  • Drink 2 glasses of water beyond thirst requirements after workouts or competition
  • Drink 1 glass of water every 15 to 30 minutes during workout or competition
  • Drink chilled liquids for faster absorption from stomach into blood as well as cooling off the body faster
  • Drink 1 glass of water after consuming caffeinated drinks within 12 hours of workouts. Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it will cause dehydration.

    Keep in mind that humans do not drink according to an accurate thirst mechanism. Therefore, you will have to train yourself to drink water regularly, especially when you are working out or playing. Keep your body well watered. This is called hydration.

    About Coach Doyle:
    Few people have as much impact on the way NBA players perform day in and day out as a team's strength and conditioning coach. For the Clippers, that critical job falls on Johnny Doyle's capable shoulders. While assisting the trainer with the physical therapy of the players, he has the primary responsibility for keeping the players in game shape and monitoring between-game workouts and conditioning. Doyle, who enters his eighth season in his current role, came to the team with top-notch credentials. The 35-year-old Los Angeles native spent six years (1988-94) with the nationally respected Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic. At the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic, Doyle's primary responsibility was rehabilitation and conditioning for the numerous athletes that came through the clinic. Doyle has worked with athletes at all levels as well as other sports.

    Born and raised in Los Angeles, Doyle received his degree in Physical Education at Cal State University of Dominguez Hills. A member of the National Strength Coaches Association & National Basketball Conditioning Coaches Association, Doyle continues his commitment to stay active in his native LA community over the offseason by volunteering at several youth camps across Southern California.