The Heat Matters

So I’m going to be stating the obvious here but especially where we live the heat itself becomes a whole other factor that can affect what you do.

I know we have a good amount of service personnel so this blog is more so with you in mind, although it does apply to everyone, seeing as the gym becomes crazy hot around this time of year.

Today my crew and another crew went out for our bank tower drill. This is a drill that we do often. Bunkered up, full gear on air with an extra hose pack and/or tools, climb stairs then descend and repeat until you have used all of your available air. This time we wanted more of a challenge so we added more floors than usual and changed the sequence of floors climbed. On top of that we decided to go around 330pm-430pm. HOT.

As most of you can already guess by reading this, we crashed and crashed hard. Few of us made it through the whole way without needing a break. We all ran out of air before we got to the set number of stairs needed to finish and one didn’t finish at all. The heat and fatigue broke us all and got our heart rates racing from start to finish.

After we were done, the conversations we were having were barely done in coherent sentences. Would we have even been able to follow and give commands safely if this were a real fire in the middle of the day on the tenth floor? How many of us would have been able to begin fire attack and search for victims after charging up the stairs in full gear with equipment? How many bottles of air would it take? Would we be able to keep our heart rates low enough to still do work all while being in the heat and now entering a floor engulfed in fire?

One things for sure. I was so happy that we went. It was a great wake up call for everyone. We need to know just how destructive heat can be when you add it in to an already difficult task. It made me more aware of what my real limits were and what my preconceived limits were. If you have even the slightest chance of having to perform your job or specific tasks in the heat, then you need to expose yourself to that BEFORE the actual incident occurs. I’m not saying you need to train in the heat all the time, but I am saying that you cannot avoid it. Expose yourself to it and be honest with the results that you get. Then get back to the drawing board and see what worked well for you and what you can work on.

CrossFit Las Cruces

Complete 200 Wallballs

*Every time you break complete 1 Round of DT
12 Deadlifts
9 Hang Power Cleans
6 Push Jerks

SCALE if you need to! You can either scale down to 100 wallballs or 150. You can also scale the weight. Scale to a point where you find this workout to be approachable and enjoyable!

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