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Cold Weather Lifting


#1

I'm stuck lifting in my open air garage on a self-made squat rack. There's about 6" of snow outside and it's currently 10 degrees and it'll get colder. I sweep the snow out of the rack and get lifting, but I am pretty worried about hurting myself by lifting in the cold.

I currently keep my bar inside and take it out only to lift. But besides a good warmup what can I do? Should I come inside between sets or just stay moving outside? It takes a few sets to get my body temp up too so should I do calistinics as warmups in the house or should I warm up like it's the middle of summer?

I normally lift in shorts, a sweater and cons. I tend to feel alright except for my fingers and toes. Should I throw on some heavy clothes and boots and sweat my butt off?

mike


#2

Jog in place in between sets..or get a propane heater.


#3

Lifting in the cold didn't do Rocky any harm.

I have the opposite problem lifting in 100oF + temperatures in an open garage. Whilst I use a fan and drink plenty cold water it's still hard going, if anyone has any good suggestions about combatting the heat please lets hear them.


#4

What about some under armour clothes?


#5

yeah, under armour cold gear is the best thing for you


#6

A thermos of hot water to sip between sets

A small space heater to hold your hands near between sets


#7

An ice pack (wrapped in a thin cloth) placed on the back of your neck between sets can greatly help.


#8

x2 on the ice pack.

When I workout in my garage gym I get both extremes depending on the time of season.

For the summer:

I installed an overhead fan and run four other fans criss-crossing the space. I use and ice pack like Iron Dwarf suggests and drink lots of cool water. I have seen my body weight change as much as three pounds after a hot summer workout. So plenty of water means more than what your thirst dictates.

For the winter:

I went ahead and finished the garage walls and insulated them as well as the ceiling. I workout in the evening so I go out and turn on a couple space heaters as soon as I get home so they can run for an hour or two before I go out. I bring in the bars as well so they are warmed up and dont freeze to my skin. I try not to wear cotton or anything that absorbs sweat. No matter how cold it is I still sweat like crazy and wet clothes drive me nuts.


#9

I train in an unheated garage during winter, where temperatures often hit freezing. My tip is to dress like your going hill walking. Avoid cotton sportswear. Get a decent base layer (one that's long enough to cover the lower back while squatting, etc), that wicks moisture away from the body, then a fleece or two, which performs the same function, as well as a hat.

Tracksuit bottoms are usually sufficient for the lower half
I find this sufficient to have a good workout undistracted by the chills. However, it also depends on the workout. During a recent phase I was resting three minutes between low-rep sets, and this meant popping on another fleece jacket between sets and doing some mobility work.

For some reason I train well in such conditions. During summer months (well, a few days in Scotland!) the garage turns into the Sahara. This means training in my underpants only. What a sight!!!


#10

Stay moving and quit being a pussy. Put some pants on if it gets too cold; usually that's common sense.