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Old 11-21-2008, 10:24 AM   #1
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Cold gear

I workout outside in an unheated garage. Its getting to be around the 30 and below temps lately and i was wondering if anyone uses any kind of cold gear like under armour or something similar to it. under armour is pretty expensive so if anyone knows any alternatives that would be good too.
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Old 11-21-2008, 11:30 AM   #2
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Re: Cold gear

Running tights or pants and a long sleeved running top should do the trick. No need to spend more than $25 or so for each....much cheaper than underarmour.

Try a running store. Or an online source like: (w/f/s):
www.campmor.com, including http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___33809 and http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___36428
www.sierratradingpost.com
www.llbean.com (fitness fleece is just $20)


www.roadrunnersports.com (w/f/s) has good stuff, but it's not the best value.

Hind and Innsport are good brands. I bought a Polartek Innsport on sale from campmor 7 years ago, and it's still good to go.

It's also best to use a sports detergent like Win on your technical gear. It eliminates odor and preserves the life of the garments. I run outside all winter long and haven't bought new gear in several years.

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Old 11-21-2008, 11:33 AM   #3
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Re: Cold gear

This will be my third winter hitting the WOD outside. Not quite as cold here but I workout at night so it can get pretty bad. I tried gloves with no luck. Now I just wear a pair of pants, t-shirt, long sleeves over it, and a cap. About 5 minutes into the WOD I usually drop the long sleeves and cap. I keep my bar inside so those first few reps are not as bad on the hands. After a few rounds the hands stay warm.

The real problem is the burning lungs early in the winter until they get used to the cold.

I also skip any form of general warm-up and hit a real specific warm-up for that WOD. This just saves me valuable time in the cold, might not be the smartest but 20 minutes in the cold is better than 40.

The hardest part is stepping out of the house each night. Once I make it out the door it gets easier.
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Old 11-21-2008, 11:40 AM   #4
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Re: Cold gear

yeah i was thinking that too beau. I cant imagine wanting to be wearing a bunch of clothes part way through a WOD.

Thanks for those links and info daniel ill take a look at them
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:22 PM   #5
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Re: Cold gear

Agreed. The basic principle is to dress in layers, peeling off as required.
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Old 11-22-2008, 05:20 AM   #6
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Re: Cold gear

I warmup inside. Air squats, DROM, jump rope, burpees, pushups, etc. Head outside in fleece over tights, do my specific warmup quickly, and polypro shirt and peel as necessary. Keep it cheap, because whatever base layer you use is going to be ready for the wash, so you'll probably want three sets of them.
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