Tips For Outdoor Clothing for Training Outdoors
What should I wear when I come training outside?
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As the year progresses, can’t stress how important this can be. I’ve learned the hard way what training out in the sun without drinking enough water.
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Don't let bad weather be an excuse for you to not get moving. "A lightweight rain layer is packable but also means that you can sling it on if the inevitable happens," says Luke. Because no rain, no gain.
We do a lot of our training outdoors. Our ‘Commando Fit’ sessions are all outdoors and in all weather conditions all through the year (deepest, darkest winter included). So, if you have only ever trained indoors or in a nice gym before, here are some tips on what to wear when you join us out side.
Lots of thin layers are much better than 1 big thick layer. Not only does it keep me warmer in colder weather, but it lets me move much better. I tend to wear base layers, then as many long sleeved tops as I feel I need. I like to start with more layers than I probably need, but then strip them off as I warm up during training.
Breathability is also important in sports kit, but especially when you're training outdoors in summer. "Man-made, sports-specific fabrics are generally your best bet," says Luke. "They'll also be sweat-wicking, which will help cool you down without weighing you down."
A simple running hat to keep my head warm. I usually need to take it off well before the end of training, but it’s nice to start with or when the wind is blowing a gale
Extremities are always at risk of getting cold or scratched/scraped. And with the scrambling over rocks/trees/walls etc we do, I find gloves a good protection from rough surfaces.
As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, it is more likely that we will end up outside in the dark. A head torch is essential. The last thing you want is to stumble over uneven ground and hurt yourself. Make sure you can see stuff and make sure you can be seen.
Now might seem the time to lean into all that bright neon that sports brands love so much, but muted shades are the more sensible approach. "Neutrals all work together, so you know that so long as something's clean, it will look good," says Luke. Darker shades are also more forgiving for anything that involves grass or mud.