Training in Hot Weather or "The Weather is Going to be Perfect!"

Roger Phillips

Fight Focused Concepts
#1
For those that have trained with me across the nation, you may have noticed that I get some of the very best weather possible inside of my courses.:thumbsup: You also may notice just how hard I am able to work under these extreme conditions. It is not that I am a bad @$$, it is more about that I know what I need to do to make it possible.

Back in the day when I took 15-20 tactical courses a year as a student, I would plan my training days during the very best weather conditions. If it was going to be 110 degrees, I was going to be there. If it was going to 20 degrees with a freezing rain, I was going to be there. If the humitity was going to be over 90%, I was going to be there. Call me stupid, but when everyone else was to afraid to train, I was taking advantage of the very best training envirovments possible. It would be me, a couple of other "hard core" guys, and an instructor rewarding "the very best students" with "the very best course" he could put on.

This was all about self selection.

If I wanted the best, I had to be willing to do what ever needed to be done, to be in the right position to receive the best.

The summer is coming!

You can sit at home in your air conditioning reading the AAR's or you can be out there training with "the best of the best."

As an instructor, there is nothing more motivating than training in a course with the most motivated students, willing to put in the hardest of work. This is a situation where the instructor feeds off the students ambition and "the student benefit" pays off in spades.

That is the truth of the matter, so let's look at what you need to know to be able to train in hot weather and still remain comfortable and safe.

Proper hydration is an absolute must! You need to be properly hydrated before the course starts and you need to keep ahead of the hydration curve throughout the training time period. You need to drink more fluids that you think that you actually need. You should be urinating once and hour and it should be clear. If you are urinating yellow you are behind the curve. You should be supplementing your water intake with some form of sport drink. Gatorade is not the very best, but it can be bought anywhere and that is important for the instructor/student that flies. But it is the water that is the most important of the fluids.

I have had course where I have poured 6 quarts of fluids inside of eight hours! This is done all while being properly hydrated before and after the class.

Shade, use it whenever you can!

Light color cloths are cooler than dark color cloths.

Sun screen is a must.....get the highest SPF you can find.

A hat for the head and something that you can wrap around the back of your neck to protect you from the sun.

The one's above are things that everyone knows about. Here is one that very few student do, but have the biggest effect on staying cool.

Have plenty of "junk" water for soaking hats, bandanas, shirts and shemaghs. The value of the quality use of a shemagh can not be understated. This is not about looking tacticool, it is about staying as cool as possible so thet you can take advantage of the very best course offering available. When I pull out my shemagh, soak it down and wrap it around me neck, I always get some looks and some comments. But it is one of the very best things that you can do for yourself. They hold so much water, they stay cool and wet for such a long time period. To not understand the value of this piece of equipment is something that needs to be put to rest.

My first experience with a shemagh was when a student was wearing one. Here I was, baking hot, and soaking my bandana once every twenty minutes. I was running the line and doing my typical range master tricks (hand on the students shoulder so he can not turn and point his gun at me) and a felt just how cool his wet shemagh was. I remember making fun of him in my head just a couple of hours before. All of that ignorance disappeared in just one touch.

Here is my best advice to you besides the proper hydration.........BUY A SHEMAGH!


http://www.onesourcetactical.com/tacticalshemagh.aspx
 

requiem

Ain't nobody got time for that!
Staff member
Administrator
#2
Thanks Roger. The recent rifle course i took w/ you was on a day when it hit maybe 87 degrees. it was not "hot" by vegas standards and i managed to consume 2 gallons of water just in that class and another gallon when I got home.

I think it's important to be willing and able to train in any weather conditions, because it may not be 75 degrees, parltly cloudy with a 3mph breeze come the day your neck is on the line!
 

ZMB HNTR

Guest
#5
BTTT for those that have the guts to train no matter what the weather is.
Can't wait until Saturday! :willy_nilly: :laugh:

Not that my recommendation is going to mean much, but a shemagh truly can be a life-saver (literally). I was amazed the first few times using one at just how long they do retain water and how much of a difference they can make.
 

LasVegasTwo

Guest
#6
+1 on the shemagh. The next best thing to come out of that area.

My son (and I mean all our son & daughters) being the best. :patriot:
 

geo

Obsessed Member
Staff member
Moderator
#8
The only 2 rifle classes I have ever taken were in the dead of summer out here.. Yes its hot, but TSHTF might not wait for a nice cloudy cool day.

That and when you take a rifle class, in the heat out here, you get an entire new level of respect for our troops in the middle east humping around far more gear than I had that day, day in day out, and temps even higher.

I really really need to take a rifle class with you guys soon!
 

Roger Phillips

Fight Focused Concepts
#9
3 to 1 ratio

3 parts water to 1 part G2 Gatorade. That can be separated or it can be mixed, but make sure that you are drinking three times more water than G2.

Regular Gatarade has too much sugar......go G2

Another good way to replinish electrolytes is by eating bannanas.

Always bring some sort of salty snack. I like salty greasy peanuts (good protein for energy fuel) but pretzels are good also.
 

Roger Phillips

Fight Focused Concepts
#13
Training in Hot Weather or “The Weather is Going to be Perfect!”

By Roger Phillips, Owner and Operator of Fight Focused Concepts

For those that have trained with me across the nation, you may have noticed that I get some of the very best weather possible inside of my courses. You also may notice just how hard it is to be able to work under these extreme conditions. It is not that I am a tough guy, it is much more about the fact that I know what I need to do to make it possible.

Back in the day when I took 15-20 tactical courses a year as a student, I would plan my training days during the very best weather conditions. If it was going to be 110 degrees, I was going to be there. If it was going to 20 degrees with a freezing rain, I was going to be there. If the humidity was going to be over 90%, I was going to be there. Call me stupid, but when everyone else was too afraid to train, I was taking advantage of the very best training environments possible. It would be me, a couple of other “hard-core” guys, and an instructor rewarding “the very best students” with “the very best course” he could put on.

This was all about self-selection.

If I wanted the best training, I had to be willing to do whatever needed to be done, to be in the right position to receive the best training.

The summer is coming!

You can sit at home in your air conditioning reading the AAR’s or you can be out there training with “the best of the best.”

As an instructor, there is nothing more motivating than training in a course with the most motivated students, willing to put in the hardest of work. This is a situation where the instructor feeds off the students ambition and “the student benefit” pays off in spades.

That is the truth of the matter, so let’s look at what you need to know to be able to train in hot weather and still remain comfortable and safe.

Proper hydration is an absolute must! You need to be properly hydrated before the course starts, you need to keep ahead of the hydration curve throughout the training time period, and you need to hydrate after the course is over. You need to drink more fluids that you think that you actually need. You should be urinating once and hour and it should be clear. If you are urinating yellow you are behind the curve. You should be supplementing your water intake with some form of sport drink. G2 Gatorade is not the very best, but it can be bought anywhere and that is important for the instructor/student that flies. Regular Gatorade has too much sugar……go G2. But, it is the water that is the most important of the
fluids.

3 to 1 ratio

3 parts water to 1 part G2 Gatorade (or equivalent sports drink.) They can be taken in separately or they can be mixed together, but make sure that you are drinking three times more water than G2.I have had courses where I have poured 6 quarts of fluids inside of eight hours! This is done all while being properly hydrated before and after the class.

Another good way to replenish electrolytes is by eating bananas.

Always bring some sort of salty snack. I like salty peanuts (good protein for energy fuel) pretzels are also.

Shade, use it whenever you can!

Light color cloths are cooler than dark color cloths.

Sun screen is a must…..get the highest SPF you can find.

A hat for the head and something that you can wrap around the back of your neck to protect you from the sun.

Avoid alcohol and caffeine before and after extreme weather training, because they are diuretics.

The one’s above are things that everyone knows about. Here is one that very few student do, but have the biggest effect on staying cool.

Have plenty of “junk” water for soaking hats, bandanas, shirts and shemaghs. The value of the quality use of a shemagh can not be understated. This is not about looking tacti-cool, it is about staying as cool as possible so that you can take advantage of the very best course offering available. When I pull out my shemagh, soak it down, and wrap it around me neck I always get some looks and some comments. But it is one of the very best things that you can do for yourself while training in high heat. They hold a huge amount of water and they stay cool/wet for such a very long time period. They cool the blood flow to the head and reduce the chances of heat stroke.

To not understand the value of this piece of equipment is something that needs to be put to rest.

My first experience with a shemagh was when a student was wearing one. Here I was, baking hot, and soaking my bandana once every twenty minutes. I was running the line and doing my typical range master tricks (hand on the students shoulder so he can not turn and point his gun at me) and a felt just how cool his wet shemagh was. I remember making fun of him in my head just a couple of hours before. All of that ignorance disappeared in just one touch.

Here is my best advice to you besides the proper hydration………BUY A SHEMAGH!

I bring my schemagh in my ice chest, inside of a large zip lock bag, partially filled with ice water. It goes on dripping wet. In most cases I re-wet the schemagh by just pouring cold water into it, while still wearing it. In severe heat it comes back off and goes back into the ice water filled zip lock bag and is completely revitalized.

Always remember, if you want to take advantage of the very best training opportunities in extreme weather conditions, look for advice and tips from the guys that do it on a regular basis.

It can be the difference between a great class and a horrible class……..and literally between life and death.