We all know that warm-weather training is important, but how do you keep your gear as comfortable as possible when it’s raining and the weather is cold?
If you’re a sports trainer, you might have the answer.
The best way to keep training comfortable is to keep the equipment dry, according to research.
The study from the University of Queensland’s Faculty of Sport found that the more you use the equipment, the less likely it is to be affected by condensation.
It’s a phenomenon known as ‘water resistance’, which is due to the amount of moisture that’s in the air.
While this may sound counter-intuitive, it’s actually quite common.
For example, while it’s easy to see how having a cooler air conditioning unit could help your equipment survive a cold rainy day, the research shows that not having enough water is actually a huge disadvantage.
The research, published in the journal Sport Science, also showed that having an air conditioning system on your training bed will reduce the amount that condensation forms on the surface of your training surfaces.
The next step in this study is to determine whether this would affect training performance and whether or not it would be more effective for athletes with mild-to-moderate training impairments, according the study’s lead author, Professor Stephen Mooley.
Moole, who has also conducted research on the topic of heat resistance, said it was important to keep working out with an air conditioner on your trainer.
‘For some athletes it might not be possible to work out with a fan because it’s hard to move around when you are not wearing a helmet, and this might also be a reason why it might be harder for them to train,’ he said.
‘So it’s important to think about it in the context of a mild-moderate athlete.’
The study also looked at the effect of having a sports equipment manufacturer supply an air conditioned trainer, which would mean the training surface was heated by a water heater.
In this case, the training surfaces would become more resistant to condensation as it cooled, according a report in the Australian Sports Medicine journal.
This is because the temperature of the water would increase when it was warmed by the air conditioning, which in turn would reduce the water resistance of the surface.
‘The more water you put in the tank, the more water resistance you have, and therefore the less the training becomes challenging,’ Mooly said.
It is estimated that one in three athletes would benefit from an airconditioner on their training surface, the researchers found.
It should also be noted that the training exercise would also be more difficult if the water temperature is too low, the authors wrote.
In the meantime, this research doesn’t mean that you should be afraid of wearing a warm-up suit.
In fact, it might actually help you to adapt to a cold weather workout, Moo of the University said.