Sauna suits have been used for years but we get the feeling they’re being used for the wrong reasons.
Our message for most things regarding training and preparing athletes is this:
There’s a time and a place for most things. But do you know the optimal time and place?
So we’re here to clear up a few misconceptions. What follows are 6 myths about sauna suits – all of which we well and truly knockout.
In the second part to this series we’ll tell you how and why sauna suits might be a useful training tool for boxers.
Myth knockout 1
Sauna suits do not increase your metabolism
First lets take a look at some basics of calorimetry. Metabolism, or rather metabolic rate (watts), is assessed using calorimetry. In our labs we do this by assessing oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide production. Then we use known energy equivalents of oxygen to calculate metabolic rate.
If you want to increase metabolism you have to place an energy demand on your body. This demand is assessed as oxygen uptake. If your body requires more oxygen it is exercising at a greater metabolic rate. The image below shows how we assess boxers metabolic rate.
Simply wearing a sauna suit will not increase metabolism, especially at rest! – as usual it’s more complex.