Gareth Bale is no stranger to training in cold temperatures, which is something we all need to start preparing ourselves for, depressingly. So luckily for you, he’s kindly given us a few sage words on how he prepares for the cold and how training kit can help.
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Does the climate affect how you train when going between training with Real Madrid in Spain and training for the Wales National team in much colder climates?
I always train to my maximum potential – whatever the weather. The harsh heat in Spain can mean you naturally tire more quickly, but it never affects the amount of effort I put into a training session. When I land in Wales I’m home, so I’m used to the cold climate, but a good kit can help with the transition.
Talk us through your average training regime outside of your match fixtures?
We always have a short warm up with the football so our muscles are ready to go into an intense football session. Then we might play a more simple possession match or graduate to a full 45min 11 v 11 training match. The complete training session normally lasts between 1hr and 1hr 30mins. I will then do some stretching or work with the physios to ensure I’m in the best shape possible.
With Champions League football you are often exposed to much colder climates than Madrid for short periods of time. How do you plan for that and is there anything you do to adapt to those varying temperatures?
Growing up in the UK, I’m used to playing in colder climates so I like to think I adjust quite well. But coming from Madrid straight into a freezing cold climate, you have to prepare yourself by wearing the right kit. I wear adidas climaheat under my match jersey because it works to keep the body warmer for longer.
What motivates you to get out and train when it is cold outside?
Of course it can be hard to find the motivation if it’s horrible weather outside, but with a solid kit that keeps the cold air out and the warm air in, it’s easier. At the end of the day, I know that to play at my maximum on the weekend, I have to train to my maximum during the week. If you only give 50% in training you won’t be fit enough to play at 100% in the matches.
What is your favourite thing about training in winter?
The rain… It reminds me of Cardiff!
What top winter training tips would you give to those that are looking to remain active this winter?
Wear climate resistance gear, stay active and train at your maximum. The hardest part is getting out there but if you train hard enough you won’t be cold for very long!
What do you look for in apparel to support your training in colder temperatures?
The right clothing can make a huge difference. Apparel that keeps the warm in, but is breathable and lightweight makes training in the winter easy. I wear adidas climaheat because it works well for me. Top tip: If you wear apparel with material that doesn’t breathe then you will get even colder if you stand still for 5 minutes.
What does Forget Cold mean to you?
A kit that provides undefeated warmth for an undefeated attitude
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