Top 5 tips for training through winter

Winter is coming.  No, really, it’s already be here!  Most of us struggle with motivation to train and stay in shape as it is, so once the clocks have gone back we often need a push.  Here are our top 5 tips for training through the winter.

 

  1.  Book an event

Hands down having a looming deadline is a great motivator.  There are a couple of options here.  Entering a spring time event is a sure fire way to get focused and will give you 3-4 months of solid preparation.  Alternatively book one or more events through the winter and commit your training to them for a constant motivation.  It’s never been a better time for events with access online, so get out there pick one and go enjoy the challenge.

2.  Work on your weaknesses

Many people use the winter to develop strength.  It makes sense, there’s less daylight, the gym is more inviting and the strength gains that show months from now will be worth it.  A solid 8-12 weeks of real strength will carry through a long way.

3.  Work now get paid in spring

The work we do this end of the winter will carry through and believe me, come spring your body with thank you for it.  There’s the motivation.  You’re not pounding the miles or the kilos for Christmas, but for when we come out the other side.

4.  Go shopping

Having the right gear for training outside is a game changer.  The technical layers available now will keep you warm and dry in even the worst conditions, so treat yourself, pick up the right gear and get out there.  Clothing made from things like merino wool and gore tex can make you virtually invincible but can also motivate you as your lovely new kit needs to be regularly tested.

5.  Have an indoor option

OK, so sometimes it will be properly grim.  Minus 3 on the thermostat and pouring rain isn’t for most of us, so have a back up plan.  We use Zwift indoor cycling which is a totally immersive indoor  bike experience, it’s amazing.  Trusty gym sessions are always guaranteed, indoor tennis courts can be booked, swimming pools can be used etc…  No excuses.

 

Hopefully there is some motivation here, if you need more some and see us at

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How to make the most of winter training

It’s definitely that time of year, off to work in the rain and driving home in the dark!  Winter training takes on a different feel and is often a time of year for changing the approach slightly.  This can be a good thing as any work done now will be realised in spring.  Here’s how…

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Get in the gym

This is a perfect time of year for workouts in the dry, warm, cosy gym.  The gym is a good environment for controlled training such as strength training or specific cardio intervals.  Most importantly put together a workout that is specific  to your goals.  This way of course it will be time well spent as well as motivating, which is definitely the most important factor.

Work on your weaknesses

Whatever your goals or sport winter time can be a good time to work on weaknesses.  Again this may come back to strength training in the gym or it may another specific element of fitness that we tend to avoid.  An example here as a runner may be running hills or speed work.  These elements can easily be covered in shorter sharper sessions especially when the weather is naff.

Build your base

Another specific element is endurance or base training.  This is the bodies ability to tick over at a low level often around 60-65% effort.  This builds your base fitness and come spring offers a decent foundation for more speed work.

Stay healthy

Finally look after your body.  Avoid late night binges on stodge, multiple Christmas blowouts and central heating!  There are lots of viruses flying around this time of year so it’s important to simply stay healthy.  Eat plenty of antioxidants, reduce training if you’re feeling run down and get plenty of sleep.  This is a key part of getting through the winter.

 

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Tips to help you train this winter

Winter is a tough time to be out training.  Strong winds, ice and driving rain are pretty constant from December until February.  Check out some simple tips on how to brave it this winter.

Wearing the right clothing

There is now an abundance of warm but breathable fabrics out there and the manufacturers have made the most of them. Warm materials are obviously great but they must be breathable to stop you feeling like a boil in the bag.  Windproof clothing is particularly clever keeping you warm, dry and protected from cold wind.

Merino Wool items are amazing, currently top of the list.  Warm, breathable, sweat wicking and also anti bacterial so they never smell!

Accept some indoor training

Switching to some indoor training either in the gym or at home in the garage is a lifesaver.  There are times when you just don’t have the heart to face the cold.  Loud music and motivation essential.

Come spring you will appreciate these sessions.

Accessorize!

A warm hat, socks, some decent gloves or a breathable scarf (the best) can make all the difference on a cold run or cycle.  Better to have them and have to stuff them in a pocket than get cold extremities!

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