Currently most of Europe is enduring an intense heatwave, as an unprecedented plume of hot air pushed into Europe from North Africa. France recorded its highest ever temperature and all over Europe many other countries were breaking their June temperature records. While most the population are enjoying an ice cream, for us Jiu Jitsu athletes the heat can pose a massive problem when training. Heat exhaustion and cramps are genuine concerns so Here are some of the ways you can improve your training in the heat.
While this is a massive no brainer, the amount of water you drink is very important. You need to consistently drink water throughout the day especially with your meals. The recommended number we all hear as kids is eight cups a day but in the summer you need to bump that number up, and with you training Jiu Jitsu bump it up even more. Your best bet is to use a litre bottle of water and try and reach a minimum of 2 litres a day, and if you're training over 3.
Along with drinking throughout the day, you should always remember to drink during the training sessions as during exercise you will be losing massive amount of water through sweat and its easy to forget to drink enough water during the session. Along with just drinking water, you need to avoid Caffeinated beverages, especially sugary drinks and even sport drinks, all these contribute to dehydration.
When training in the Kimono during the summer, the dehydration factor is even more prominent, a way to combat this is to wear lighter weight kimonos, examples include –
Roll Supreme Nomad
Maeda Red Label
All these Kimonos are extremely light and can help you stay cool during your training session, along with the added bonus of being unbelievably fast to dry after washing.
If you are able to, another way to keep cool during training is to train at times when the temperature is at its lowest, these include early in the morning and later at night. At these times the temperatures are the coolest and you wont be losing as much water through sweat when training and it wont be as unbearable.