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leetuck
08-29-2007, 07:33 AM
Hi Guys,

Just been talking to my mate and an interesting question came up.

Is there an ideal gym temperature? If so, why?

We find that when we work out in hot weather our performance decreases (obviously because the ambient temp is higher and the body is using energy to stay cool etc)

Let me know your thoughts.

Rusty
08-29-2007, 07:41 AM
666F, the exact temperature of hell.


To be honest it really doesn't matter to me. If it's too hot, I'll drink more water. If it's too cold, I'll throw on a toque. The best temperature would probably be room temperature or a little cooler.

redFury
08-29-2007, 07:54 AM
Prolly around 70 degrees fahrenheit...

BG5150
08-29-2007, 07:59 AM
The best temperature would probably be room temperature or a little cooler.

If you are in a room, its always room temperature! ;)

Rusty
08-29-2007, 08:37 AM
If you are in a room, its always room temperature! ;)

Ah......Ha.......Ha......... Smart ass ;)

MPB
08-29-2007, 08:41 AM
around 70-75F for me

Absolute
08-29-2007, 09:05 AM
65. I like it cold.

RCASEYH
08-29-2007, 09:17 AM
I believe the ACSM recommends that the ideal temp when exercising is between 68-71 degrees F. Never below 68 degrees as you want the muscles to be warm. From what I understand, the warmer temps also facilitate testosterone production.

The biggest problems occur when the temps are above 70 degrees and the humidity level you are working out in is above 70%. This can actually be a dangerous situation as it radically impedes the body's ability to have sweat evaporate off the skin (and thereby cool the rising body temps).

As you know you should constantly be drinking fluids while exercising to replace the fluid you've lost. (On a particularly hot day, you can lose as much as a quart of water an hour while exercising. When your fluid level drops more than 3% -- if I remember correctly -- is dangerous.)

You mentioned that when it is hot your results are decreased. When you are feeling particularly fatigued it is probably a direct result of body temps rising too high and not enough fluid replacement and your muscles are becoming dehydrated. Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids that day prior to exercise and definitely during and after. (Oh and don't rely on thirst as an indicator of water need. By the time you feel thirsty, you're probably already dehydrated. Drink before you get to that point.)

Okay, enough of my two cents.

Guido
08-29-2007, 10:25 AM
Prolly around 70 degrees fahrenheit...Yep, that's definitely where I like it.

nddillon
08-29-2007, 10:32 AM
Our gym keeps it at 69, although the vents are turned off around grappling mats.

My gym at home is in a glassed in room with horrible insulation so it is 1,000 degrees (when I normally work out it is 85) but I have 16 fans mounted on the walls so it is tolerable

bigmoney
08-29-2007, 10:45 AM
I liked when I lifted in a hot garage (im in TX mind you). When I'm drenched and its hot it seems like I can focus more on the weights.

TJ2389
08-29-2007, 12:33 PM
I never really thought about the gym temp. before. Usually i like it around 60-70 degrees. During summer though, I love that A/C pumping in the gym because it clears up the humidity.

sCaRz*Of*PaiN
08-29-2007, 12:59 PM
If you are in a room, its always room temperature! ;)"Room temperature" is about 72-73 degrees.

BG5150
08-29-2007, 01:55 PM
"Room temperature" is about 72-73 degrees.

According to Wikipedia, it's 64-73 degrees F (18-23 C)

Teufelhund
08-29-2007, 02:04 PM
When its too hot I can't breathe. A gym in the 60's with dry air would be awesome.

getfit
08-29-2007, 02:13 PM
When its too hot I can't breathe. A gym in the 60's with dry air would be awesome.

agreed.I suffered this summer half the time our AC at the Y wasn't working.

Unholy
08-29-2007, 02:21 PM
I love working out when its 80-85 at my gym, I do not like AC at the gym.

DoUgL@S
08-29-2007, 02:34 PM
72, not too hot, not too cool.

Can'tstopnow
08-29-2007, 03:59 PM
warm and humid

leetuck
08-29-2007, 05:04 PM
Theres quite a few responses there ... didn't really expect it. The reason I ask is that I generally work out in my garage. During the winter I don't seem to stuggle with sessions but summer always messes with me.


RCASYH - it seems like you have some good information on this. Any resources I can look at?

It's really weird how some people like a cool gym whereas some of us prefer it warmer. I guess its just personal preference.

Thinking about this, I'm gonna buy an aircon unit for next summer now!

Thanks for all ya input...

RCASEYH
08-29-2007, 07:17 PM
Leetuck -- glad to be of help.

You can try checking out the website for ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine). There is info on their site for exertional heat illnesses, as well as environmental considerations: heat and cold , and other studies of that ilk.
In addition, there are quite a few other sources (books and journals) out there: Medical Physiology; Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise; Exercise, fitness, and health; and the Journal of Applied Physiology.

(Honestly, the ACSM website, however, will probably be your best bet if you don't want to go digging through all the other literature.)

-Superman-
08-29-2007, 07:22 PM
80 F. Cold temperatures tighten muscles and make them look smaller (at least mine). Warmer temperatures usually make me puke - which is my only complaint for warmer temperatures.

:D

chemical Andy
08-30-2007, 05:34 AM
The biggest problems occur when the temps are above 70 degrees and the humidity level you are working out in is above 70%. This can actually be a dangerous situation as it radically impedes the body's ability to have sweat evaporate off the skin (and thereby cool the rising body temps).


I don't get it... what's so dangerous about the inability for sweat to "evaporate off the skin?"

UFC Light Heavyweight Champ Quinton "Rampage" Jackson's gym is set to 100 degrees, to improve blood circulation and warm the muscles. It also prevents injuries.

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