Yes we have those hot days ahead again.  We have some simple tips listed here in the blog to help cope with some of that.  We will also scale back the evening classes on days over 95 degrees to limit the intensity to manageable levels.  This may be a blend of moving, stretching, skill work and personal choices to work on the next few days.  Keep a couple goals in mind to work on and talk to your coach about different options to use during the “heat adjustment classes”  As far as the morning classes go….you still get the full workout in the cooler temps.  That’s just the way it goes.


There are times when the summer heat can feel delightful on bare skin—especially if you’re at the beach or lounging in the sun. It’s times like this when a summer workoutseems perfect. However, there are also times when the rays can be downright unbearable. Hot, sluggish days are the worst, as they can render even the strongest of us lazy and unmotivated.

Working out when it’s 70 degrees outside? No thanks.

If you’re genuinely committed to your fitness, you’ll no doubt find a way, but it’s a bummer when the heat is suffocating, and you’re completely drenched in sweat. Don’t worry; you can avoid the discomfort and still nail your summer workoutwith these five simple tips:


Change your schedule - Summer WorkoutThe time you work out matters, especially during summer. If you’re designated gym time is between 10 AM and 3 PM—aka the hottest parts of the day—you’ll feel exceptionally drained at the end of your workout. You may also not have as much endurance as usual due to the heat.

Ergo, opt for an alternative schedule. You could try waking up early—around 4 AM or 5 AM—for a morning jog or pre-breakfast workout, or you could hit the gym at about 6 PM when it’s cooler, and then go for dinner straight after with your gym buddies.


If you’re used to running, jogging, walking, or cycling on asphalt paths, then switch to dirt or gravel paths for the summer. Asphalt and concrete tend to reflect the sun’s rays, which means they’ll end up radiating heat rather than absorbing it.

Is your running route out in the open? Look for alternative streets with plenty of awnings or trees on the side for shade, like a local park. Stay far, far away from stadiums or track fields, as these are made of asphalt and have virtually no shade to offer (unless you like hiding under the bleachers).


Before you begin your summer workout, hop into the bathroom and have a quick five-minute shower. Studies have found that cooling your body down before you start working out can improve overall physical performance in spite of high temperatures. Dousing your body in cold water can consequently lower your core temperature, skin temperature, and heart rate.

Don’t have the time? Apply an ice pack to the back of your neck or your forehead for three minutes to stimulate the same cooling effect.


Used to working out in long-sleeved, dry-fit shirts or black tracksuits? Switch out all that heavy material for loose shorts and light-colored tank tops. You’re probably aware that darker colors absorb light while lighter colors reflect it. Therefore ditch the blacks and dark blues for whites, greys, and pales. You should also switch to cotton shirts if the dry-fit material gets too suffocating.


If you’re the kind who doesn’t eat much after working out, consider making an exception for summer. The average adult can lose twice the electrolytes and salt content in their body when working out at extremely high temperatures. This is good for flushing out toxins, but it may take a toll on your physical state.

Replenish your reserves by drinking sports drinks (like Gatorade) throughout your workout. Eat a high-fiber snack after your exercise to replenish your sugar and salt levels. Fruit, nuts, and granola bars all make great post-workout snacks that will fill you up without sabotaging all your hard work.

Overall, beating the heat and doing a full summer workoutis entirely doable. Just be smart and sensible about the temperature, and always keep in mind your own personal limits. If you want to avoid serious injuries that could put you out of commission for a while, you need to listen to your body. 


Schedule for the week- Monday-Friday 5am, 6am, 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm   Saturday Poker WOD at 8 am

Workouts this week-  POKER, NW BEAVER (as opposed to the Cali Bear), Partner WOD on Tuesday, press/rope/snatch triplet, NICOLE, Wallball/situp duet

My Bone Marrow transplant will be September 13.  My last day at the gym will be Thursday September 7th.  I will be at OHSU for 2-4 weeks then have to remain nearby for another 4-8 weeks.  So anywhere from 6-12 weeks.  On the calendar that would be from September 8 to somewhere between Oct 25th and Dec 6.

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