What to wear to Boot Camp

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We live in Scotland, you look out the window and have a little guess at what the weather is doing so you can make sure you wear the right clothes for training.

Then you remember that it IS Scotland and you have as much luck at predicting that as you do for the weekends Euro Millions Lottery numbers…

Here’s a little guide to help you try to figure out just what you should be wearing at bootcamp.

Winter

November – February

Let’s get the worst out of the way first. Rebel in the winter can be one of the most challenging yet one of the most rewarding bootcamps. 

It’s super easy to look out the window and be put off by what you see but just remember that leaving the house is always the hardest part. When you get there, get moving and get stuck in we guarantee that you will not regret it!

Our advice for winter is: Get the layers on!

Most of these layers will be essential to keep you warm before training starts.  As you start running around and moving more you will quickly warm up.  In that case whip off layers as necessary. 

Better to have the thin layers you can take off because as soon as you stop you will want to throw them straight back on as you cool down very quickly!

So what should you be wearing at a winter boot camp:

What weather can you expect
Cold, wet, windy and snowy.

Temperature
anywhere between -3 and 5

What should you be wearing?

Top Half

  • Base Layer
  • T-shirt (long-sleeved or short-sleeved depending on comfort)
  • Fleece
  • Lightweight Jacket (windproof / waterproof)

Lower Half

  • Leggings / Tights
  • Shorts or trousers (depends on comfort)
  • Waterproofs (Depends on comfort, not always fun to train in but can provide some comfort)

Accessories

  • Gloves (waterproof) are essential. These make a huge difference to training in winter
  • Hat
  • Buff

Shoes

The ground is likely to be slippery and soft, you want to be wearing shoes that give you a decent amount of grip. Look for a shoe with a bit more tread on the bottom.

IF WET

  • Waterproof shoes (Gortex)
  • Or waterproof socks 

These are a bit of a luxury but can make training more comfortable and keep your feet much warmer!

Spring

March – April

Optimism is higher, the evenings are slightly lighter it still might be quite wet, but you can definitely tell its getting warmer. Still the potential for that freak snow storm…

Normally feeling slightly more motivated! You’ve got summer body visions in your mind and ready to start pushing that outdoor training!

Our advice is: Stick with the layers, the weather is still unpredictable! 

On the slightly warmer spring days you can get away with leaving some of the extra layers at home. You might be more comfortable without the fleece and just wear the jacket for the walk down.

What weather can you expect?
Oh boy – Rain, Sun, Snow, Wind, Sleet, Hail

Temperature
About 2-12 degrees

What should you be wearing?

Top Half

  • Base Layer
  • T-shirt (long-sleeved or short-sleeved depending on comfort)
  • Fleece
  • Lightweight Jacket

Lower Half

  • Leggings / Tights
  • Shorts or trousers (depends on comfort)

Accessories

  • Gloves (Ideally waterproof)
  • Hat
  • Buff

IF WET 

  • Waterproof shoes (Gortex)
  • Or waterproof socks 

Summer

May – August

These are the months that we think we’ve all been waiting for…

 That is until the cries of “it’s too hot” ring around the park

There’s no doubt that it’s easier to drag yourself down to the park when the sun is shining. The trick here is to wear clothes that are going to help keep you cool. You still want to benefit from that moisture-wicking material that’s going to take sweat away from your body.

What weather can you expect?
Rain & Sun (potentially at the same time)

Temperature
10-25

What should you be wearing?

Top Half

  • Base Layer (depends on comfort you may prefer not wearing one)
  • T-shirt – Short sleeved

Lower Half

  • Shorts
  • Tights

Accessories

  • Buff (if you really want)
  • Always worth bringing the suncream out… just in case!

Shoes

If wet, you may want to stick with a pair that has a bit more tread at the bottom for grip otherwise you could probably get away with any form of running shoe

Autumn

September – October

This season always gets to you… it’s that transition between Summer and Winter!

You’re trying to hold onto those light nights and summer evenings for a little bit longer but you know what’s coming. 

Again it can put a little pressure on motivation but keep up the momentum by getting your kit ready beforehand and getting out the door when you need to! Time to bring out the layers again. Summer is disappearing and you’ll be looking to keep warm before and after training.

What weather can you expect?
Rain, Sun, Snow, Wind, Sleet, Hail… essentially everything

Temperature
2-12 degrees

What layers should I wear?

Top Half

  • Base Layer
  • T-shirt (long-sleeved or short-sleeved depending on comfort)
  • Fleece
  • Lightweight Jacket

Lower Half

  • Leggings / Tights
  • Shorts or trousers (depends on comfort)

Accessories

  • Gloves (Ideally waterproof)
  • Hat
  • Buff

IF WET

  • Waterproof shoes (Gortex)
  • Or waterproof socks 

What are the benefits of the layers?

The Base Layer

A base layer is a layer you wear closest to your skin. It acts as a sort of second skin. It works by absorbing and taking moisture away (this is what wicking means) from your body, therefore, keeping you warmer. 

We highly recommend a base layer as they are very adaptable and can be worn in warmer or colder environments. A base layer will quickly wick the sweat away and create a cool layer of air next to your body preventing a soggy, clammy jersey from clinging to you.

A base layer should fit snugly against your skin but not so tight it restricts your movement. Remember it is supposed to be comfortable to wear.

If you are looking for a warmer type of base layer, then Merino Wool provides the most warmth. However, you get many variations of sports and synthetic makes that work just as well in all conditions.

Tights / Base Layer Bottoms

You also get base layer bottoms: Great for extra cold days if you are looking for some more warmth. These could be good under a pair of shorts if you are training to keep you warmer!

Again, suitable for warmer climates too. If you are looking for a winter pair you can find fleece-lined options or thicker variants. Great for those extra cold days

Vest or Tee

Again, there are many different types. 

This will go on top of the base layer. Great as another layer to keep you warm. It all depends on comfort, but we would normally recommend some sort of technical Tee. Anything that isn’t going to hold the sweat and risk making you cooler, more uncomfortable or increase the risk of chafing.

The Warmer Layer

Look for fabrics like wool or fleece or perhaps a warm insulated jacket! 

This is great for before and after training. You will cool down very quickly. Especially at the end of a session or while waiting for the session to begin. This just gives you a little bit more comfortable before you start. Wear it as you warm up and remove as you get toasty.

Jackets

You’ve got your warmer layer above which could be a jacket. Sometimes handy to have something wind and water-resistant. They can be worn before and after training or you may find that you take off the warmer layer and keep the jacket on. Especially if it is a lightweight option. In that case, it will protect you from a chilly breeze and a little rain. Great reflective options if you are running on the streets or cycling

Hat / Buff / Gloves

Bundles these into the same category as they are all essential for those winter wet sessions! 

A hat is going to keep your head and ears warm. You lose a lot of heat through your head so we definitely recommend one of these. A buff can be used around the head or around the neck/mouth. 

A buff can help when breathing in cold air and make it slightly more comfortable when running. Slightly less harsh to bring in.

Cold hands are there worst and gloves make all the difference at a winter training session. I don’t recommend those little cotton ones and we often see members try to suck it up and manage without but I good pair of gloves can make or break a session!

Waterproof is important. It makes putting your hands on the floor much more bearable!

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