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Cynthia Sarver 06-30-2009 08:58 AM

Working hard... or just hot?
When I moved to Belize from Los Angeles, the change in climate natually had an effect on my training. I feel I have adapted and no longer mind working out in the heat/humidity. However, I wonder if I'm really working as *hard* as I used to, or if the puddle of sweat and exhaustion at the end of a workout is due simply to the weather? How do I know if I'm really still working at my peak, as opposed to being limited by my body overheating?

Is this even a reasonable question?

Katherine Derbyshire 06-30-2009 09:34 AM

Re: Working hard... or just hot?
What are your times like?

Generally speaking, though, if you're limited by your body overheating, then you ARE working at your peak. You may not be able to do as much work as you could in a cooler climate. But that's fine: there's no advantage to be gained by driving yourself to heat stroke.


Cynthia Sarver 06-30-2009 10:12 AM

Re: Working hard... or just hot?
My times are still getting better, but I've only been doing this about 18 months, so that's not unexpected. When I did get back to CFLA once (when I visited) I absolutely had improved. This may sound strange, but I almost miss the DOMS that I used to get on a fairly regular basis when I started. Perhaps I'm just getting more fit? Since I don't have anyone else around here to check me, I'd like to reassure myself that I'm really WORKING.

My workout log here:

Jason R O'Dell 06-30-2009 10:16 AM

Re: Working hard... or just hot?
Are you workout outside or inside?

I find that if I'm outside, inside, winter or summer I sweat the same amount. Makes me feel good and like I'm working hard.

Katherine Derbyshire 06-30-2009 10:20 AM

Re: Working hard... or just hot?
The one advantage I've found to working out in hot weather is that I'm less likely to get sore. (By hot I mean 90 and humid New England summers, NOT the tropics.) It's easier to get loose when you're warm, and you naturally tend to drink lots of water, so it's entirely possible that the lack of DOMS is because (a) you're getting more fit and (b) the conditions help your body flush out toxins.

I'd say if your times are improving, don't worry about it.


Troy Becker 06-30-2009 11:32 AM

Re: Working hard... or just hot?
You are working at your peak in your given environment.

Cynthia Sarver 06-30-2009 03:29 PM

Re: Working hard... or just hot?
Jason - I work out outside. And yeah, I sweat a lot! (Er, I mean I'm "dewy", of course, being female. Nah. I sweat. *laughing*)
Katherine - thanks! Your point about working out in the heat makes sense.
Katherine/Troy - thanks. Because I don't have anyone helping me, I want to make sure I'm not cheating myself. I hold myself to very strict form standards (one way to make sure I'm working hard!), but I've been wondering if I can still progress in this heat. I suppose that time will tell.... but at least I can console myself that I'm definitely on the right track!

Frank E Morel 06-30-2009 07:47 PM

Re: Working hard... or just hot?
off topic... but if you do a search there was a woman that was working for the state department in belize.. not sure if she was in belize city or cayo. Blonde hair woman.. she was working out with bare bones stuff.. maybe you guys can link up.

Blair Robert Lowe 06-30-2009 11:18 PM

Re: Working hard... or just hot?
My gym is pretty hot without the AC on and the fan's do much either. We have the AC when the kids are in but when I workout at night it's probably 85-95 here in Sac and hotter in the gym as it doesn't let off heat well.

I sweat quite a bit but didn't really notice a loss in performance whether I'm doing strength stuff or metcon. Perhaps getting a few more drinks of water but I can workout in the heat fine enough. Our kids don't handle it very well, though.

Frank, if you know of any blonde women in Sacramento that I can link up with to workout with, please feel free to tell me about it. :D Good to see you posting again as it seemed you were away for awhile.

Cynthia Sarver 07-01-2009 10:09 AM

Re: Working hard... or just hot?
*I'm* a blonde-haired woman working with bare bones stuff in Belize; perhaps you were thinking of me? I had posted about equipment-less workouts.

I seem to handle the heat fine now, as well... but with no one around to coach me, I just wanted to make sure that my collapse at the end was due to working out hard, as opposed to just getting hot. I'm probably just overthinking it... Thanks!

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