7-23-18... Training In The Heat....

Let's face it ladies and gents, it's hot.  Some would say hotter then you know what.  We have fans and do our best to mitigate it but the fact of the matter is the heat makes it difficult sometimes.

That being said, I came across an interesting article about the surprising benefits of training in the heat.  Here's a highlight from the article:

"Researchers have been looking at the effects of heat on athletic performance for decades, and their results have been consistently surprising. Studies have found that, in addition to an increased rate of perspiration, training in the heat can increase an athlete’s blood plasma volume (which leads to better cardiovascular fitness), reduce overall core temperature, reduce blood lactate, increase skeletal muscle force, and, counterintuitively, make a person train better in cold temperatures. In fact, heat acclimation may actually be more beneficial than altitude training in eliciting positive physiological adaptations, says Santiago Lorenzo, a professor of physiology at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and a former decathlete at the University of Oregon. “Heat acclimation provides more substantial environmental specific improvements in aerobic performance than altitude acclimation,” he says. And in contrast to the live low, train high philosophy, we more quickly adapt to heat stress than we do to hypoxia. In other words, heat training not only does a better job at increasing V02 max than altitude, but it also makes athletes better at withstanding a wider range of temperatures."

There's some fascinating research behind this and here is a link to the entire article to check out for yourself:  Click Here! 

So you see, training in the heat isn't all bad.  ;)

See you nice and sweaty this week!

PS: Drink plenty of water and electrolytes.  Coconut water is a great source to get electrolytes.








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