Monday, September 15, 2008

Does Humidity and Heat cause your performance to suffer?

I'm no scientist, but I'd say, "yes." It has been very hot and humid here lately and apparently that zaps some of the body's (at least mine) performance capability. Or, maybe I'm just soft and I love my AC. If I were'nt so cold natured that might be more plausible, but anything less than 72 degrees and I'm starting to get chill bumps. Maybe it has more to do with dehydration than the actual temperature. Don't know; I'll think more on this later.

I've been taping 2 and half pound plates to the bottom of my kettlebells over the last few weeks in order to allow myself to slowly build my way up for presses and other kbell grinds. I would like to press the Beast one day, but I don't need to be in a hurry about it. I should take my time, right? Anyway, I had worked up to pressing my 32kg kettlebell w/ 5 extra pounds to it quite easily. So, I got a new toy this week; a 36kg kettlebell! I will now work at owning this weight and then slowly start taping plates to it!

Having said all that, training has been going well:

I phase in am. Some hip work through day. R-phase in pm. (lots of time at the fire station...)

Snatches w/ 24kg: 12/12 x 9
B1 - Pole pulls w/ 2" rope: 100 ft x 5
B2 - Pushups w/ ft up: 10 x 5

R-phase in am @ standard speed
I-phase in pm.
A lot of people came by the fire station with baked goods today. Very nice of them. I didn't partake...

A1 - C&P w/ 36kg!: 1/1, 2/2, 1/1 x 3 rounds
A2 - Pull-ups w/ 16kg: 2, 3, 4 x 3 rounds
B2 - Pistol w/ 16kg: 1/1, 2/2, 1/1, 2/2, 1/1
B3 - Windmill w/ 32kg top hand & 16kg bottom hand: 1/1, 2/2, 1/1, 2/2, 1/1
Lots of hand work today. Ran some sprints for S-phase prep.

I phase in the morining.
R-phase in the evening.

Oh, been wearing Yoga toes a little everyday. They're quite a fashion statement.


Anonymous said...

What kind of tape are you using?

I sure would hate to have a couple of pounds break off and smack me in the head after a perfect press!

Katie ;-)

Tim Anderson said...


I use 200 mph duct tape. If it's good enough for Nascar, it's good enough for me!

How are you?


Anonymous said...

Good stuff, I might have to start playing with that!

Everything is good down here, business as usual.

How's the family?


Franz Snideman said...

Nice job on the presses! I tried to tape a plate on the 32kg but it just wouldn't stay.

Gotta get some duck tape. Thanks for giving me the idea!

Hannah said...

What do scientists claim re: humidity heat, and athletic capacity? If I plan to race (running) on a day when the h&h is high, should I train in like conditions? Neither 'am I a scientist, but I might posit your situation is dehydration since that's the one element in your control. The weather isn't problematic for me. I feel blessed considering our climate , after living in the West Indies and training when the monsoons came.

Thank You,
Hura Caine

Tim Anderson said...

And that, everyone, was Hannah with an H. The H stands for hurricane...

Hannah, I would train in like conditions if at all possible. As you said though, you can't control the weather. And I've thought about it, I don't think hydration was my issue. I'm sticking with heat and humidity. ;)

Franklin B Herman, RKC said...

Nice job on the presses! I've got quite aways before the 32kg is too light for me but fortunatley the taping idea is size independent.

And great job on the "Latitude" DD article .. the arm bar press is really nice!

Tim Anderson said...


Thanks for telling me about the article! I didn't even know it was out.

And forgive me if I eluded that the 32kg is too light for me. It is not; I find it quite heavy. It will always be heavy to me. I think I'm just getting better at pressing heavy.

The taping Idea is size independent. I also tape to my 24kgs when I'm want to add weight to double presses or windmills without having to jump up 18lbs. I'll try to put pictures up on how I tape the bells soon.

Thanks again.