Tuesday, September 29, 2020

What to Expect During Masked Exercise

Tips from Coach Amber!

Hi! Amber, Girl Fight Fitness running coach here, to talk about masks. This is new for me to write a piece about my personal experiences. So please bear with me! Also, for those of you that may not know me, I’m not usually seen within the four walls of either location. I’m used to helping those of you who choose to set goals on crossing a 5k finish line and help you do so outside in parks and on running trails.

This year, I’m sorry to say, has looked very different. From the unexpected shutdowns and continuously canceled races, it has made personal running popular but group settings almost non-existent. As a result, this gave me the time to experience other Girl Fight classes and what they are like with the newly implemented state protocols.

Let’s face it, masks can be a pain in any area of life, especially when you forget it and have to go back home or to the car and grab it. However, I kind of experimented the other day with different kinds of masks during class. I had three different masks and will explain each of them.

  1. Cloth Mask - I started the class with the cloth mask and found it to be just okay at first through the warm up and the first couple of rounds of kickboxing/floor work. It was a bit heavy feeling, but it was nice to take it down (in my socially distanced square) for a sip of water.
  2. Disposable Mask - I noticed this one to be a bit more breathable and more comfortable. When it got damp with sweat, it was more comfortable than the cloth one. It was a little bit more lightweight and got me through the workout. Again, those sips of water in between, where I got a slight break from the mask, was much appreciated.

Say it with me… ew, mask sweat! I am not saying I’m going to solve the wearing a mask while working out topic, but hopefully I can give some tips based on my own experience that can work for you all as well! Also, I’m sure everyone has different styles and materials of masks, but one thing I can say for certain is that I was grateful for my third mask. 

3. Spandex Mask - This one is just a basic cloth/spandex one that I decorated myself and is more of a stylish one that I wore into the studio and out of the studio. This one was not damp with the workout sweat and made me overall more comfortable to continue on with the day’s errands and even just for the drive home.

I hope this helps you continue your fitness with a little bit more comfortably during this time!

A virtual high-five!


*This blog is meant to provide tips on adapting to new routines and procedures and is not a statement that these mask types or wearing one will prevent sickness and/or your own personal comfort levels.