A Hot Hand In Cool Conditions

You'd assume that acclimating your body to competing in the heat would improve performance under those conditions. According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, heat acclimation also improves cool weather performance. Trained cyclists participated in a 10-day acclamation protocol, which improved their time trial performance by 7%. This significant increase was realized in both hot and cool temperature conditions.

True Strength Moment: In terms of bicycle racing, 7% is huge. The mechanism behind this performance boost can be found in the fact that heat acclamation not only improves body temperature and sweat regulation, but also expands blood volume so the heart can pump more blood through your body. If you're participating in a warm weather race this winter, you might want to show up early. These results will make you want to consider another competition in the weeks after your return.
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