Why Training in the Heat is Good For You!

"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."


Thursday's Training:

"Wreck Trek"

On the 10:00 x 3 Rounds:

200 Meter Run

20 Toes to Bar

200 Meter Medball Run (20/14)

20 Wallballs (20/14)

200 Meter Run

* In this fast paced interval style workout, rounds begin every 10 minutes (0:00, 10:00, 20:00)

* Following the last 200 meter run, athletes will rest until the next interval begins

* The work should take somewhere between 5-7 minutes, leaving 3-5 minutes of rest

* The score is the slowest of the three rounds