Trainers lead below-freezing outdoor workouts, offer advice for colder temps

(Amanda Foster | WBTV)
(Amanda Foster | WBTV)

MINT HILL, NC (WBTV) - Joseph Rhue does not call it a resolution.

"I just call it getting back to my life," he said.

New Year's Day, a frigid "Camp Gladiator" workout brought him and about 45 others to the Queens Grant Community School in Mint Hill.

"It's really exciting to see a lot of people show up," trainer Jeff Kelly said.

Those people showed up in 25-degree weather for the outdoor workout with some remnants of ice still on the asphalt. It was a shaky start to the chilly training.

"You're like, 'Why am I up here in the freezing cold working out,' but then seeing it you're like wow, this is worth it," Rhue said.

Despite the below-freezing air and chilly winds, the group nearly doubled its Monday turnout.

"You kind of feel like Rambo in a sense cause it's like, oh yeah, there's icicles everywhere and I'm working out and breaking a sweat," Rhue said.

The trainers even had some tips for other movers braving the brisk winter temperatures.

"Your normal stretch should be about 10 minutes on a warm day," Kelly said. "If it's very cold, make sure you're stretching for a good 30 minutes."

Kelly said that includes before and after the workout. She reminds those working out in the cold to always remember it is all about the layers.

"Make sure you are wearing something you can take off pretty easily because you are going to warm up," he said.

For newcomer Rhue, the workout style may not be a "resolution," but it is what has him feeling more himself already, in 2018.

"I want to get back into a lifestyle I had back in August," he said.

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