Heat Acclimation

Preparing for an event in the heat, such as the Marathon de Sables? Performance in the heat can be significantly impaired, through the impact of an increase in body temperature as well as an elevated risk of dehydration.

So if you are doing an event in the heat, it is wise to do all you can to prepare. We have a chamber in which the temperature and humidity can be increased to help you adapt. Regular exercise in hot, humid conditions causes several physiological adaptations that can reduce the adverse effects of heat on exercise performance.

What is involved?

We recommend a minimum of 5 x 1 hour sessions in the chamber.  You can choose your mode of exercise (running, cycling, X-trainer), and we will discuss the appropriate exercise intensity and adjust this as we go, to allow you to complete an hour in the chamber. 

During the session we will take regular measurements of your heart rate, perception of effort, perception of heat stress and tympanic (ear) temperature.  We will also get measures of your body mass pre and post session, and how much you drank, in order to calculate your sweat rate.

Timing

We recommend a minimum of 5 x 1 hour sessions in the chamber.  You can choose your mode of exercise (running, cycling, X-trainer), and we will discuss the appropriate exercise intensity and adjust this as we go, to allow you to complete an hour in the chamber. 

During the session we will take regular measurements of your heart rate, perception of effort, perception of heat stress and tympanic (ear) temperature.  We will also get measures of your body mass pre and post session, and how much you drank, in order to calculate your sweat rate.

Who is it for?

Anyone who is preparing for an event in the heat can access our service. There is also evidence emerging that the physiological adaptations to exercising in the heat can provide benefits when exercising at altitude.  Exercise mode and intensity is adapted to suit the individual’s requirements. 

How much does it cost?

Please contact us directly to discuss your needs and the event you are preparing for, as this service is usually bespoke depending on numbers of people and the event for which you are preparing.  We would usually recommend a minimum of 5 sessions in the heat.   As a rough guide:

    • 5 Sessions – £225 + VAT
    • 10 Sessions - £400 + VAT
    • Includes Hydration Strategy Booklet