Where I live is incredibly hot these days. At the gym, I barely can breathe, barely finishing my workout, it’s literally like an open air sauna. Just like Ronnie Coleman in Metroflex Gym once said, ‘‘record breaking temperature’’.
I drink plenty of water, but with excessive heat+diet it never satiates me to the level I can keep performing well.
Do you have any advices? Is it helpful to take an intra-workout supp or an electrolyte blend to sip during workout? What would be your game plan?
I lift in a metal building in Texas and it’s usually around 100-105 or so this time of year. I grew up doing football two-a-days in this climate too.
You can’t make it better. Suck it up and acclimate.
I would recommend drinking at least 2x as much water as you think you need though, and buy trace mineral drops to mix in. If it’s really bad, put an ice pack around your neck between sets.
Make sure you eat something salty when you’re done. Salted mixed nuts with your post workout shake are a great place to start. You’ll be glad for the salt and mineral uptake even if the nuts do slow protein absorption by a likely arbitrary amount. Or eat beef jerky and drink more water with it.
To expand on this, training in the heat has very similar effects to altitude training. I’d look at this time of year as a great opportunity to build conditioning rather than worrying about performance.
If the stress (environmental or self imposed through effort) is high enough to adapt then performance will naturally have ups and downs
I was just posting about a similar thing the other day.
It sucks, but there isn’t a whole lot you can do. I’d say your rest times need to be longer than you’re used to, but you also are racing the clock so to speak, as the heat wears on you even while resting.
Also just know when to cut your losses. We can peak at a very humid 115 around here. On those days I just relegate myself to the big lift of the day. I might take one accessory to complete and utter failure, but after that I just leave. You can’t train at your maximum when your average temperature is in the high 90’s, and then try to bang out a killer workout when it’s even hotter.
Being properly hydrated, some lukewarm water during the workout, and Pedialyte will do you wonders, but still be wary.