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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
January 22, 2019
As the new year shapes into its first month and the inevitable breaking of “New Year’s Resolutions” that is Super Bowl Sunday approaches, the gym must be feeling pretty full right now? I take a lot of walks in my neighborhood area these days and I have to pass three gyms in the process sometimes. Usually the parking lot is okay but at the beginning of the year….look out!! Normal gym goers nod their heads in disgust and wait for the newbies to quit in frustration so they would stop doing curls in the squat rack and stop doing things that will get them on Fail Army. You can spot the newbies pretty easily, for their clothing is new, bright and usually from the more expensive side of the fitness clothing spectrum. What most of these people need to do is come to a real gym like Parsons Training and get the proper support they would need in this atmosphere to create a good routine for themselves. Trust me, having the availability of all the weights and machines is a godsend and having someone that is hinging on you being at the gym will get you a bit more instruction and help than people who are just employees of a conglomerate. Either way, you got all of the people in the gym at this time of year, and some of these newbies are going to be doing things wrong. If you are not a douche and actually understand the struggle of losing weight and staying healthy like myself, you will give them proper aid and advice (like the dudes at Gold’s Gym in Austin that pointed out to me that my back squat game was going destroy my back and then showing me a good exercise that I do from time to time when I feel my form is getting shaky). While helping someone do a squat better or telling them curls are not that important, you are also going to see some people that are taking some extreme measures to lose weight. They are wearing heavy clothing and sweat suits and some more practical people will be wearing heavy clothing and wearing trash bags underneath (which you can tell by the ruffling sound).
Now, for some people, they could be trying to make weight for a combat sport (boxing, wrestling, martial arts, MMA) and it is best to not bother them. They should already know the risk of what they are doing and hopefully they have some individuals helping them out. Check out the blog I wrote about extreme cutting. https://www.parsonspersonaltraining.com/blog--vlog/the-art-of-cutting-weightBut, in a lot of cases, these individuals are trying the time honored tradition of sweating out more calories. Now it seems logical of course, that wearing heavier clothing that causes your body temperature to go up, that your body will burn more energy to try and keep yourself regulated and operating smoother. That’s why you will need the sports drinks and water to to keep yourself from overheating. The thing is, this can work to a certain extent, but what exactly are the risks?
First thing is first, let’s discuss the facts about wearing heavier clothing in your workouts. Your heart needs to regulate your body heat in order to keep it operating smoothly. This is why we fluids to help with the process. So while you can burn more fluids, as long as you continue a heavily clothed workout with plenty of fluid intake, you can technically achieve your goal of burning more calories. This is the goal for a lot of people, because when you have to start using your fat stores to help keep the body energized and then voila!….weight and fat loss. Now I have been trying to do this for a week now, for I figure I really need it to help my re-energized commitment to the fitness game. While I feel sweaty and disgusting after the workout, I do feel like I got the most out the workout. Jon had me do a strange cardio workout on Thursday, where I would do a descending amount of burpies and thrusters with dumbbells. I started at 20 and then reduced each round by two. I was feeling pretty good about myself and decided to go with a 500-meter rowing session between each set. Needless to say, it was kind of a mistake as the whole thing took forever to go through, and I was completely tapped. It did not help the process considering I hate burpies, but this was one of the most intense workouts I had ever done and I was only working with 30-pound weights on the thrusters. The thing that upped the ante for me was the fact I was burning more calories than I normally do during a workout. Lately I have been in “Bro” mode and doing a lot of heavy weights, but now I have to start devoting some days where I utilize a lighter weight regimen along with a cardio element. Jon had me work some complexes earlier that week where I had to do a certain type of workout in 15 minutes. For example, in one complex I had to do five front squats and hang cleans at 135 pounds along with 30 jumping jacks. The minimum was to get five sets (I imposed the minimum on myself) of these done in 15 minutes. While this would be tough on any day of the week, doing it with a sweater and sweats on made the recovery even tougher. Now the issue comes down to how many more calories you might actually burn, and this where a possible heart rate monitor or other equipment might help in the process to give you accurate readings.
The obvious pushback from this mode of thought is pretty clear….it doesn’t burn as many calories as you think and it can lead to some issues like dehydration. I did a find a good article that indicated “sauna suits” can be a good supplement to your workout regimen, the caveat is to always be careful in your endeavors. https://www.rd.com/health/fitness/sauna-suit-burn-fat-calories/There isa reason why you don’t see too many people working out for extensive periods during the middle of a hot day. While the temperature can force your body to work harder and thus technically burns more calories, the threat of dehydration is the ultimate enemy (along with sunstroke and overheating if you live in a place like Arizona). Now in my limited experiences thus far, I definitely feel like my body is working harder, but I also have to understand the limitations when I start doing more cardio based workouts. When I did a heavy weights workout in my sweater, I actually felt the results were much better because my body stayed warm and thus was capable of staying more flexible in the routine. So you can get one takeaway with that. However, when I did the cardio on Thursday, I was definitely struggling due to the fact the extra heat caused my heart to work faster and knocked me out of breath quicker. Now of course I can remedy some of this with more cardio and be able to last longer, but this is a process and I working on it.
The bottom line is this….if you are not used to working out, I wouldn't recommend the sauna suits or trash bags or sitting in a sauna with a sauna suit. Your body might not be ready for such shocks and thus wearing some extra clothing might be a better option if you like. Remember, Rocky wore ratty sweats most of the time when he trained (with the exception of that exceptional beach scene that was just Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers showing off their physiques), but they were nothing overly heavy. You should probably do the same.
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