- Get your Head Right. Adopting a positive mindset before you even step foot in to the gym and recognizing that you can control (to a certain extent) how you choose to react to the outside temperature is step one. If you walk in to the gym and immediately think you’re freezing and complain to everyone that will listen to you about how freezing you are, then guess what? You’re freezing. Walk in with some optimism, a good attitude, and drop the complaining.
- Preparation is Key. Having a hoodie in your car or a pair of sweat pants ready to go could be all that you need to succeed in the cold. We’re fortunate to live in a place where the temperature rarely dips below 50 degrees, much less all the way down to freezing. Wearing multiple layers should do the trick. Personally, I alternate between a light long sleeve half zip or a CrossFit West Houston hoodie, depending on the temperature. I’ll wear sweat pants on days that are sub 50 degrees, and I always have gym shorts underneath so I can get rid of the pants once I get warm and sweaty. Speaking of…
- Get Hot. I’m not talking about waiting in your car a few minutes longer with the seat warmers on and the heat on full blast. If you get to class a few minutes early, get your body moving by doing some form of easy cardio. You can pull a rower down, hop on an air bike, or even just do some jumping jacks, leg swings, and dare I say, burpees. Simple stuff that gets the body temperature up, the blood flowing, and the heart rate elevated will go a long way. Don’t just come in and sit on a bench. Be proactive and get the warm-up started on your own.
- Stay Hot. Make your rest periods active and dynamic. We ALL need more flexibility training in our lives, so in between sets of heavy squats go and do some deep lunges or toy soldiers. This will not only help keep you warm during the strength portion of the class but also improve your mobility so you can get more out of the strength work itself. It’s a win win. Do it.
Here’s the bottom line – working out is already difficult and if you’re going to get so far as to drive all the way to the gym, you may as well make the most out of it instead of sabotaging your training by negative thinking and complaining about the weather. Take control of your thoughts and DO SOMETHING about it to adopt a positive (and WARM) mindset.