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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
August 6, 2018
The old saying about August being the worst month of the year always rings true for Arizona. The heat is horrendous, the humidity comes in droves and there are days where we just want to sit at home and bask in the AC. Except I don’t have those luxuries. I keep my house warm for the most part mainly because I don’t believe in AC and I don’t have one. If anything, “energy efficient” AC is the biggest lie ever brought to the public. If anything, it makes you soft and leads you to believe the lies that global warming is not a problem. Trust me, live in Arizona and work in this muck and you will see. Even when I lost weight and was capable of working in this nonsense, I was still dead at the end of the day. Anyway, this is the time of year where it gets really hard to stick to your fitness regimen, especially when you work at Parsons Training Northwest. Jon does have some fans he utilizes for clients to keep them comfortable and you know….not die. But let’s face it, I am a stubborn, “manly” man that is trying to prove to the world that I am manly, and therefore I prefer to work out in the least amount of air flow possible. Jon does have a swamp cooler but those are useless when the humidity is high. Either way, surviving these types of workouts are difficult, because I am so sweaty and disgusting at the end that I have to change my shirt out of necessity or I might get the dreaded “sweat rash.” (when you are sweaty, harsh shirt rubs your skin too much…ugh!) If you have not quit your fitness regimen during the standard Super Bowl post party period (a long running theory of mine) this might be the time of the year many decide to hang it up or take a break. And then that break turns into half a year and guess what….another New Year’s resolution to get fit. Circle of life achievement unlocked.
So yes, it is brutal to maintain yourself during this time of the year, because you just feel so uncomfortable and awful. I am hot and bothered at my workout, hot and bothered at home (it was 90+ degrees in my house the other night!), and I am dealing with hot and bothered customers at work. So how in the world do you survive this nonsense? You can’t take your clothes off in the middle of a gym and work out that way (that joke from last week will just keep on giving!). I mean, who wants to wipe that mess up! You can’t just turn the fan on to the point where you try to achieve some kind of coolness in the room. I mean this would defeat the whole purpose of working out, wouldn’t it? Well, there is some science to back up the idea of working out in a safe and regulated environment.https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048167Working out in too much heat can certainly become a problem if you are not properly hydrated and not regulating your internal body temperature well enough. Nausea and cramps can make any workout a hell on earth. So if your working out in a hotter gym, take the extra precautions to help make the workout much safer and much more enjoyable. This essentially leads to two types of workouts. Either space out your exercises and spend more time at the gym so you can cool down every couple of exercises, or do a short and intense workout. Since I like to get my money’s worth, I would prefer to do more work in the gym and simply spend a little more down time between each of the movements. This fits me because I would rather test myself with more exercises than with fewer. And there is nothing wrong with squeezing in a full, hardcore regimen in only half an hour….it is just something I am not interested in. I mean, it was horribly hot on Thursday and I decided to try and break some personal bests that day. While I am still working on my back squat, I did almost get 335 pounds, but could not achieve the optimal depth to make it a regular back squat. But at least I did not have to escape and get away. I did get 205 pounds on the overhead press, so I am getting better in that regard. I also squeezed in some cardio based stuff that just walloped me physically, and after 80 minutes I felt like I had done all I could do in the circumstances presented to me. Perhaps this would be a good time to really test your personal bests? I mean, one great thing about the heat is the fact your body gets warmed up much quicker and creates better elasticity in your muscle. With this in mind, taking on some of your personal bests might be an easier procedure due to the fact that just doing a few warm-up exercises will be enough to get your body fully prepared to take on the rigors of plateau busting.
Let’s face it, we all hate the heat (Jon here- that statement coming from a guy who has never lived outside of AZ…try Minnesota in January! Or the South in August with the humidity!! Then see ho bad you ‘hate’ AZ), but it can be utilized to our advantage. While there are plenty of dangers involved, one other health tip that can really help you is the fact heat can help with other areas like cardiovascular development and caloric burn. Yes, working out in warmer weather can force your body to work harder to keep you cool, so this is perfect time of the year to focus on calorie burning and body sculpting. The key is to not go nuts on the eating afterword, for one issue that will arise when you fall into these habits of intense heat working out is the fact you might have some carbohydrate craving and suddenly desire a heaping helping of food. It might be a good idea to have a pre-made meal set-up for yourself after the workout so you don’t “accidentally” go to the convenience store and “accidentally” buy that 2-dollar bag of off brand chips and then “accidentally” eat the whole bag and then “accidentally” chow down on a Chipotle burrito that you “accidentally” bought after “accidentally” driving to Chipotle. Okay, that scenario got old really quick.
Either way, the key is to not let the heat get the best of you. Maintain your workout routine and stay on task with the exercising. If you want to workout outdoors, just remember to listen to your body and make sure you understand the signs of heat related illnesses. Once the heat is done for the year, that will always lead to the fall and then to winter, where better weather can aid in your development. Just be careful out there folks.
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