Many people are going through coaching on scorching days this time of the yr. I’m going out of my option to keep away from it by getting up early. My brother will get up at 4:30 AM within the summers in Phoenix to keep away from triple digit temperatures. However there’s proof coaching within the warmth truly has advantages for enhancing efficiency.
I noticed this on Alex Hutchinson’s online training blog (“sweat science”) at Exterior Journal, referring to a recent study which supplies a speculation for an fascinating mechanism. Coaching within the warmth will increase your whole blood quantity, which in flip lowers your hematocrit stage, which tracks the proportion of pink blood cells in your blood. When it drops, the physique responds by pumping out pure Erythropoietin (EPO) to trigger extra pink blood cells to be produced. Extra blood cells is an effective factor for cardio efficiency as a result of it boosts oxygen carrying capability.
Anybody who has adopted skilled biking is sadly properly knowledgeable about epo and hematocrit. Synthetic epo is a banned substance, and one of many methods of detecting drug abuse is detecting too excessive a stage of hematocrit. An higher restrict was positioned as a result of too excessive a stage is harmful, your blood will get “sludgy” and athletes have died from exerting with this situation.
However coaching within the warmth is a protected and pure option to enhance efficiency. The draw back is that it takes onerous coaching in scorching climate for no less than 5 weeks. For these slogging by way of the warmth this summer time, you may take consolation that it’s going to get you fitter by fall.