Hello! My name is Julien Stoutt and I am a Personal Trainer and owner of Stoutt Fitness. I have over 15 years of experience as a Personal Trainer along with experience training in inclement weather. Spending 5 years in the Army gives you that wealth of knowledge. Let’s be real here; exercise isn’t fun. It is necessary, and only fun when you know that it is giving you abilities and skills you are working towards. It is made more unpleasant when you have to do it when mother nature isn’t cooperating with your efforts.
When the weather is being uncooperative, the obvious thing to do is to stay inside. So, if you have a gym membership, or personal equipment at home, this would be ideal. For those that don’t, numerous items in your home can be used as equipment. For instance: jugs of water, canned goods, chairs, sofas or just the floor. For those of you that are skeptical about the effectiveness of using a bottle of water as a means of exercise, I assure you a competent Exercise Scientist can give you a serious challenge.
A gallon of water weighs almost 9 pounds and also has dynamic fluidity which makes the exercise even more challenging. Try holding your full water jug out to your side. Now move it up and down without losing control. Still easy? Now do it on one leg. Do as many as you can up to 24 repetitions and you will have a great gage on your fitness. Not into that? Remember the floor? You can also use your multimedia device (tv/phone/computer) with your floor. There are plenty of at home work outs that are available to use at any time. Whether it is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Crossfit®, or simple calisthenics you have all of the variety of a grocery store when it comes to the type of anaerobic training you have available.
If you are like me and cannot do much working out at home because your couch is comfy and your bed is down the hall; you can train outside with safety in mind. The weather outside is unforgiving, so you must layer your clothing in a comfortable manner. If the temperature is in the single digits, it may not be in your best interest to train outside. When the weather is under 5 degrees your risk of frostbite is increases. Exposed skin can freeze in under 30 minutes under those conditions. If it is in the 20’s to 40’s you’re safe when layered. Now layering is an art form. It is wearing a moisture wicking shirt, with a fleece jacket, with a weatherproof jacket. As the temperature rises, you remove an appropriate layer to remain comfortable. As you sweat, the moisture wicking shirt pulls the sweat into the other shirts, preventing the sweat from remaining on your skin and potentially making you cold while outdoors. Nowadays, apparel companies have created “systems” of cold weather and wet weather gear to make your life simpler, but they can get pricey.
Now that we have that figured out, what to do outside? Everything we can do inside! The cool part is we don’t have the monotony of looking at the wall/TV/window that we see indoors.
Congratulations! You have completed your workout in bad weather. If you traveled to your destination outdoors, be sure to remove the outer layer when getting into your car and driving home. Make sure you are well hydrated and that you are doing all you can to avoid hypothermia. Make sure your route and training ground outdoors is in a lit and public place. Be the best you.
Julien Stoutt is a Personal Trainer with a Bachelors Degree in Athletic Training and numerous certifications with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Visit his website: www.stouttfitness.com