At Scranton MMA we have all noticed that it is getting hotter and hotter during this time of year. The gym is packed full of people training in Gracie Jiu Jitsu or BJJ, Judo, Muay Thai, Boxing and of course CrossFit. Of course all of those people training together under one roof is a great atmosphere and allows us to all improve at a very rapid pace. The one downside is having that many people training at the same time also raises the temperature in the building a bit. Today we just wanted to share some simple tips that will make training in the summer time heat much easier to deal with.
The first and most important tip anyone could give you regardless of the temperature is that you show up to train well hydrated, you remain hydrated during the workout and that you hydrate as soon as possible after the workout. It is very important that you realize that the sooner you start to hydrate the better. Do not try to just drink one glass of water before heading out the door and assume you will be well hydrated for the workout. You should start to hydrate for a good workout over twenty four hours before the workout. Keep your water intake high the days before your training and you will definitely notice an improvement right away. Please before training avoid ALL diuretics that means you should not ingest caffeine or any other stimulants before you train. Although they do claim to give you an energy boost they definitely will dehydrate you and that will affect your training and could be quite dangerous.
Another tip is that if you are new to training in the heat would be for you to lower the intensity at which you drill or spar. This can be a great way to make sure you focus more on technique and more on timing. Your instructors have been preaching this for years now and perhaps the rise in temperature will help you realize how much you can improve when you really focus on the technically aspects of martial arts instead of relying too much on strength and power. Once you start to get acclimated to the heat and you have been properly hydrating for a few workouts you can again start to ramp up the intensity during training and it will be much easier on your body.
Also please listen to your body. If you start to become dizzy, light headed or weak please sit down right away and take a break. If you are suffering from muscle cramps or if you stop sweating again please take a break and cool down for a bit. If for any reason you just start to feel off or not right do not try to be a hero or tough guy just take a few minutes to relax and cool off and see if that helps.
These are just a few tips that will make training in the summer much more bearable and easier to deal with. There is never a need to miss class or let the heat beat you. It is very easy to get used to and with just a few precautionary measures the heat should have very little if any effect on your training.