Garage doors

Some athletes keep their cool despite the heat

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — It’s a Tuesday night and it’s hot outside. I mean, it’s hot, hot, and no one, including Matthew Velge, misses a workout at the Squad CrossFit gym in West Palm Beach.

Matthew said staying hydrated is key.

“Staying hydrated in the heat, especially in the Florida humidity, is really important,” he said.

In the Squad, there can be a lot of people with large classes. So they make sure their big ceiling fan is working and the garage doors to the place are open.

Today, the heat index for cities in Palm Beach County was high. In West Palm Beach, the heat index was 102. In Wellington, it was 107, and in Boca Raton, 109.

People like Matthew train about 5-6 days a week. Not only 5-6 times a week, but sometimes even twice a day. And some people even burn around 700 calories per workout.

Caity Schubiger is not only a CrossFit competitor but also a coach. She said the gym and her have a number of ways to help athletes exercise even in the heat.

“So we’re encouraging lots of water breaks. Plus, we’re not only trying to encourage people to drink more water than they normally would. But also to stay hydrated. So Pedialyte is a very good option. It’s easy. You can literally buy a jug that’s cold and ready to go,” she said.

Caity said the gym also offers bottled water amino energy drinks.

Matthew said that even though it was hot, he was having fun.

“A very good gym and a very good experience with CrossFit,” he said.

When it comes to the length of workouts, some cut them short but are more intense, while others stick to the plan.