Steam Heat At The Gym

By | April 18, 2013

I told you about my recent issues with the gym and their staff’s attitude to my complaints regarding the temperature being too high.  Well, I did a little bit of asking around, well I asked a friend who works for the Health & Safety Executive to look in to temperature requirements in gyms.

She sent me a link to an advisory site which seemed to confirm the response to my latest complaint which was that they have to have the temp set at a minimum of 19 degrees to avoid strains and pulls.

But when I read on it appears that these are the regulations in the US, so I’m not sure if the same guidelines are used here.  I’ve had a look around and can’t find any UK guidelines so I need to perhaps do as she suggested and try the Environmental Health.

So that one’s still bubbling under, I’ll let you know what happens.

Just as I thought it couldn’t get any hotter…I was greeted by a wall of humidity and heat as entered this morning.  I got a sweat on just walking up the stairs to use the equipment.

There is no doubt that I didn’t pull any muscles whilst I was there but I almost passed out with the heat as the air con wasn’t even on in the area I workout in.  And there was a delicious smell of sweaty body parts hanging around.  Nice!

So I was getting on with my routine doing my planking and at about 20 seconds in I was asked by the woman on the mat to the side of me “Are you using all those weights?”  I couldn’t believe it and I certainly didn’t have the energy to waste verbally responding to her so I nodded my reply.

I couldn’t believe that she asked me if I was using the weights, why would I have them next to me if I wasn’t?  Doh!  And also,  to ask as I’m sweating profusely and obviously using all my energy to hold my position.

Needless to say she didn’t actually break a sweat herself, in fact she kept her hoodie on for the duration of her mat exercise.

I’m considering taking my pedestal fan and a trailing socket with me next time.  lol