isn’t isolated. Your gym manager doesn’t heat the gym. But that doesn’t
stop you. You decided to stop making excuses not to exercise because
it’s too cold.
Here’s how to exercise in cold weather. This guide is aimed at strength
training & weight lifting, but you can use the tips for other sports
Be Confident. Cold weather is easier than hot weather: no headaches from
the heat, no sweating. The first 5 mins are the hardest. Once warmed
up, you won’t feel the cold anymore. Remember this.
Warm Clothes. Wearing a sweater adds inches to the bar, making it harder
on exercises like Front Squats to put the bar correctly. I remove my
sweater during worksets, and put it back on between sets.
Try also a woollen hat to avoid sinus & ear infections from the cold
Warm-up Routine. You can’t injure a warmed up muscle as easily as a cold
one. Warm-up sets are a start, but you can do more than that and the 5
min cardio. Some ideas:
Dynamic Stretches. Leg swings & side leg swings, body-weight
Squats, body-weight lunges, lateral lunges, shoulder dislocations, etc
Barbell Complexes. Empty barbell. 3x Hang Power Clean, 3x Front
Squat, 3x Push Press, 3x Overhead Squat. Repeat for 3 to 5 sets.
Body-weight Exercises. Jumping Jacks or better, Burpees.
Remember: the goal is to raise your body temperature, while warming up
joints & muscles. Don’t get yourself tired.
Rest Less Between Sets. Load the bar & do your next set. This
quickly gets you warmed up. If your workset is 5×5 100kg on the Squat,
do this without resting:
Then move to 5×5 100kg taking 1 min rest between sets. If you struggle
to get all reps, take 2-3 min rest & walk between sets to keep warm.
Hand Care. Gloves don’t work for weight lifting: they add inches to the
bar, making it impossible to grip the bar correctly.
Warm-up Your Hands. Rub your hands between sets, clap them. Your
body temperature will warm-up the cold bar.
Hand Cream. Cold weather makes your skin dry. Dry skin gets chapped,
irritated & red. Use hand cream before going to bed.
Don’t Rationalize. Never rationalize that it’s too cold, that you’re
going to get sick or whatever excuse you can find. Make a decision &
stick to it.
Set a time to exercise
Eat one hour before exercising
Dress for the gym directly after eating
Prepare your gym bag
Review your training journal: last workout, today’s workout
When it’s time to exercise: get up & go to the gym
Just do it.