Dog Days of Summer in Minneapolis

Beat-the-Heat in Minnesota


I know it’s been a while since the last post, but what can I say, I’ve been so busy being active and moving my ┬ábody I just haven’t had a chance to check in with everyone.

So let me ask you, since we’re in the final weeks of August, what have you all been up to? Have you done a lot of biking and walking? Have you spent many weekends at the cabin? On the boat?

We are in the thick of what’s called the Dog Days of Summer. Here in Minneapolis, the weather the past 3 days have been in the high 90s low 100s and so humid! I know heat like this can really be a deterrent so here are some tips on how to get in your work out without having to be in the sweltering heat:


1. Wait until the evening.

While the evenings the past few days have been muggy, at least the sun isn’t beating down on you. If you can get over the mugginess, training/working out in the heat can help loosen your muscles quicker and strengthen your cardio endurance. After 7pm is a great time to go for a post dinner walk/run/bike ride. Whatever suits your fancy. People don’t realize that a simple 30 minute speed walk, or 30 minute jog or an hour bike ride is more what most people are doing for exercise. Every little bit counts! Make sure you’re staying hydrated to avoid dehydration or heat stroke.


2. Pool time!

Swimming or evening running in a pool is a great way to exercise and it’s actually fun. If you like to swim then do about 20 minutes of lap swimming. If that’s too much, then do 10 minutes and then do 20 minutes of pool running. As you get stronger, but up the minutes that you’re swimming. Running in water is a great way to build leg and core strength. The resistance the water provides is a great muscle builder and hard to replicate on land.


3. Join bootcamp!

I’m sorry, but I can’t help it. Joining bootcamp is a great way to get in shape or stay in shape all year round because we have AC! The other benefits of bootcamp are that you have a team of equally as dedicated and driven students that share similar goals as you and that will hold you accountable. All the workouts are different so you won’t have to worry about getting bored. We have a ton of fun, but if you’re not convinced then come in for a free lesson and free week!


It’s really important to keep training even when the weather is hot and humid, or freezing and snowy. There are no excuses that justify not working out and taking care of your body on a regular basis. At the end of the day, you decide whether or not you’re going to change for the better or for the worse, or stay the same.

If you have questions, give us a call at The Academy. We’re excited to start training with us! You just have to give us a shot. 763-560-5696. We’re also on Instagram: @academywobootcamp, Facebook, Pinterst, Tumblr, and Twitter. So make sure that you follow us and connect with one of our coaches!


Keep on keepin strong,


Coach Colleen