5 Ways to Train Smart in the Summer Heat
Even if you like the hot weather, training in it can feel terrible. Here are some tips to make training in the heat more bearable:
Forget about waiting until the weather cools down: “Many (athletes) stop training when it’s extremely hot and voice the intention of starting back up once cooler weather arrives,” wrote Bill Starr in CrossFit Journal. “This is not the right way to deal with the problem. One of the basic tenets in strength training is consistency. Miss a session for any reason and it makes it easier to miss another. Pretty soon, training ceases altogether because no progress is being made. Then the athlete gets weaker.”
Shift the timing of your workout: High temperatures can affect your performance. Consider working out with the Zombie crew at 6 a.m. or in the evening instead of the middle of the day. If you don’t have much flexibility, you could also do two-a-days and split your workout into two shorter sessions.
Bring an Extra Shirt: In case you sweat through the first one during your first set.
Hydrate: Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water. Staying hydrated will keep you from getting dizzy, stomach cramps and other side effects of working out in the heat. Starr writes that research shows that even a small shortage of water in the body can limit an athlete’s performance.
You’ll Need More Than Water, Though: All the water you’ll be drinking will flush important vitamins and minerals your body needs out of your system. To replenish them, Starr recommends taking vitamin supplements that include Vitamins B and C. (You can also just grab a FitAID at the box). He recommends loading up on B vitamins and eating a banana an hour before your workout, which offers you potassium to help with muscle contractions, as well as taking C vitamins before, during and after your workout to help with recovery.
If you have other tips, share them in the comments. Good luck out there, athletes!