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Old 09-21-2008, 10:06 PM   #1
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the unbearable sauna

At this hotel spa I went to, there's a small/medium sized room with a pair of showers, a jacuzzi and two doors. One door leads to the steam room and one leads to the sauna. Because of all this, the room is warm and humid.

When I entered the room, I couldn't spend more than a minute or two before I felt a pit in my throat, immediately followed by the urge to vomit. The sickness subsided each time very shortly after exiting the room. I attempted to reenter like 5 times but got the same results each time.

Why is this?

Just before attempting the sauna, spread across 3 hours, I had:
done Grace
done a Linda-style WOD (DB front squat/DB incline bench/pull up)
walk/jog/run 5K (started with a walk warmup and incrementally increased speed to finish hard)
Throughout, I'd been drinking water intermittently. When I went to the sauna room, I had recovered enough to catch my breath but was still a bit sweaty.

So does inhaling hot air after a long periods of exertion make one nauseated?

Aren't saunas supposed to be relaxing and "comfortable"? This made me think of the incidents on the Ultimate Fighter TV series where a contestant would actually choose to forfeit rather than spend another moment inside a sauna.
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Old 09-22-2008, 12:20 AM   #2
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Re: the unbearable sauna

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So does inhaling hot air after a long periods of exertion make one nauseated?
Sorry, all I hear is "Did I exercise hard for three hours in New York City in the summer then go into a sauna?" to which the answer appears to be yes.

Three workouts? Really? Is this the Lays Potato Chip approach?
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Old 09-22-2008, 01:27 AM   #3
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Re: the unbearable sauna

The whole 3 workouts in a day thing is the rare exception, not the norm ("constantly varied" to mix things up, no?). I'm travelling, had some time on my hands that morning and wanted to take advantage of the resources I had available to me.

Total timed portion of the workouts was still under an hour (comparable to my Eva time). I've been more way more tired after other workouts, but I can't recall if I've ever tried entering a sauna immediately afterwards.

Basically, I'm wondering if others can share their knowledge/experience of
intensity + inhaling warm air = nausea

Is this pretty much the same thing that occurs with exhaustion + heat?
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Old 09-22-2008, 04:34 AM   #4
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Re: the unbearable sauna

personally never had a prob w sauna and nausea (even have the sauna at home)!!
But I think after all those intense workouts, a cold plunge would have been the fairer option.

Oh and how did the burpee workout um work out in the hotel.....??
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Old 09-22-2008, 09:24 AM   #5
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Re: the unbearable sauna

I bet it was heat exhaustion coupled with dehydration.

the sauna has nothing to do with it.

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But I think after all those intense workouts, a cold plunge would have been the fairer option.
I tried taking a cold shower in the same room. I didn't last a minute. That's what made me suspect that maybe it was breathing in the air.
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I bet it was heat exhaustion coupled with dehydration.

the sauna has nothing to do with it.
A little more explanation, please?

Reasons why I don't think it's heat exhaustion/dehydration:
I was working out in a fairly comfortable air conditioned gym.
I normally drink a lot of water throughout the day.
Despite this, I rarely drink water during CF WODs. This day was the exception, though as there was a nearby water cooler that I took full advantage of (that is, I consumed even more water than usual).
When I'm tired and dehydrated, my eyes get blood shot. My eyes looked normal.
It felt like any other WOD.

***TMI ALERT!***
Because of how much water I usually drink, my urine is fairly clear. I didn't notice anything unusual about it after the WOD.

Reasons why I think the sauna might have something to do with it:
I was otherwise fine before walking into the pre-sauna room. About 2 minutes after walking in, I started feeling sick. About 30 seconds after walking out, I felt fine again. I tested this about 5 times with the same result.
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