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Infrared Acclimation Training

I am confounded at times when I see a video or read an article from so called fitness experts who extol the ineffectiveness of training in the heat. They even claim that there is no detox from sweating. Have they smelled their own sweaty clothing lately? The craziness about this is the fact that there are an incredible array of benefits from hot exercise and from absorption of infrared energy, and they are WELL DOCUMENTED by respected scientific journals and other verifiable sources. In my book, HOT EXERCISE, I cite from many of these reputable sources.

I suspect that part of the reason that they might make these unfounded claims, aside from just being a part of the antiquated fitness establishment, they workout for fitness only, and not for some activity goal, or athletic endeavor. When you establish a goal in fitness that uses your fitness program as a preparatory tool to help you become a better skier, or a better hiker, or a better runner, or better at yoga for an upcoming retreat, etc., then the game changes for the positive and it forces you to discover the truth in terms of what works. Some of the fitness establishment “experts” are simply on the wrong side of history for shaping the future of fitness. The truth is that when you go outside of your comfort zone you make gains in fitness, as in life!

Infrared acclimation training forces your body to adapt, or “acclimate” to extraordinary conditions and in the process delivers incredible fitness results. One example of this for me is the training that my climbing team did prior to our recent Kilimanjaro trek. My training partner, Jeremy and I used infrared cycling mainly as our acclimation training for a climb that took us through 4 distinct weather conditions from a rain forest at the equator through the moorlands, a desert, and then to arctic cold with ice at the top. We added an oxygen restrictive mask during Hot Cycle to the last 3 months of training before Kilimanjaro.

For those who would claim that training in the heat is ineffective, they simply have not done the training to understand the difference. Our cardio conditioning would never have been where it was if we would have prepared for the climb in an air-conditioned gym! Infrared training may not be for everyone, but for those who want more from their workouts in less time, it has to be a part of the workout mix.

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Stephen P. Smith, MA
CEO and Creator of HOTWORX, Author, Former National Collegiate Bodybuilding Champion and Arena Football Player, Certified Professional Trainer


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