24 June 2014
Hey everyone, just your friendly neighborhood CrossFitter here reminding you that it's officially summer...and that means it's officially HOT. I'm trying not to complain here, especially after the winter we just had. Remember that day it was -19 degrees? Yikes. NO ONE wants that again. But although summer is great for finally spending time outdoors and catching some rays, it can take its toll on our bodies if we're not careful.
You might notice that during some of your workouts lately you're getting fatigued unusually early or just not performing as well as you think you should. Or maybe you've noticed that your sweat angels are looking particularly sweaty. You might also think to yourself that there hasn't exactly been record breaking high temperatures yet, so why do you feel this way? You have to remember: it's not just the heat, it's the humidity. Humidity prevents your sweat from evaporating and lessens your body's ability to keep itself cool, even more than in dry heat. When this happens, your body focuses on keeping the blood flow to essential organs and it's your muscles that suffer first, hence the fatigue. (Don't be mad at your body though, it's just trying to keep you living!)
Your best defense against the muggy monster is to STAY HYDRATED. And I'm talking all day here. Chugging water during the 3.2.1 countdown does NOT count as being prepared. Drink water throughout the day to ensure proper hydration. And this goes for you all you morning-goers too. Just because the 5:30am class is significantly cooler than the later classes doesn't mean that your body isn't feeling the effects of dehydration caused by spending the day in the summer heat. Salt is great for retaining water and replacing electrolytes, even better than those sports drinks that claim to have super-hydration powers but are actually just sugar-loaded poison. Not mentioning any names here, but I think you catch my drift. Wearing light clothes and bringing a towel to wipe off sweat are also great ways to feel a little more comfortable in all this humidity.
Ok, ok I'm done lecturing you. Here's the WOD!
10 minute running clock:
2 minutes T2B
2 minutes air squats
1 minute rest
2 minutes burpees
2 minutes abmat sit-ups
2 minute rest
3 minutes max effort T2B
This is a video on toes to bar efficiency with Chris Spealler and Matt Chan. I'm trying to change it up a bit, but I can never get enough of these guys!
Posted on Mon, June 23, 2014