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February 6, 2012 6:52 AM
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I saw this quote somewhere else and thought "Damn Straight!".
Now I don't care how sweaty or gross I look after a work out, like many others - if I DON'T sweat it wasn't a workout.

February 6, 2012 6:52 AM
As you can see the more you sweat the better at the gym. As long as you are cleaning your machines of course.

I however have the opposite problem. I NEVER sweat during a workout. My face goes bright red, my hubby is afraid Im going to passout ....but I never sweat. I am very self concious about this. As you can see most people beleive that if you dont sweat your not working out enough. I do 30 minutes cardio and 30-45 minutes circuit training ..where my muscles are almost jelly when I leave...but I dont sweat.

I used to go to a trainer that was determined to make me sweat. After an intense 2 hr workout he just shoke his head and told me to go home. Its all about how your body works.

Dont feel bad or ewwwy because you sweat profusely. My husband sweats just walking around the block..and he's in pretty dang good shape.
February 6, 2012 7:13 AM
When I first started working out, I honestly thought I was some sort of freak because it looked like I took a dunk in a bath tub full of sweat; however, since my super fit Zumba instructor looks like that after class too, I am okay with it.
I know some people can get in an intense work out and look like they just have a nice, healthy glow - I am not one of them, and that's okay.

Just make sure you're getting adequate hydration.
February 6, 2012 7:20 AM
I sweat like a pig and overheat if I were anything more than a low cut vest - tee's leave me looking like i've run a marathon!
February 6, 2012 7:26 AM
I'm the same, but it's because I have a condition that leaves me in a slight state of dehydration all the time. I can't drink enough water so the best I get even when my heart rate is registering a hard core effort, is a light glisten meanwhile next to me hubby is pouring buckets lol.
February 6, 2012 7:28 AM
Haha, By about halfway through zumba or kickboxing, I am so red and dripping with sweat, I look like I'm about to have a heart attack. But the only comments I ever get are from my they stare and say..gee mom, you're really RED! blushing laugh

I don't mind though, that's just how I get when I am working hard.

ETA: My 16yr old daughter NEVER sweats (on her face). Even in 90 degree heat, in blistering sunlight, skateboarding miles across town, she never breaks a sweat. She looked like she'd sat on the sidelines the whole time, when we did zumba together. She told me though that she was hot and her shirt was guess she sweats in some places.
February 6, 2012 7:29 AM
I know!! I feel like im the only one but then I see ..well its mostly guys who sweat a lot and i feel ugly sometimes but whatever! We're burning calories girl, sweat like a hog and enjoy the feeling! :D
February 6, 2012 7:31 AM
I sweat a lot at the gym too. So do most of those at my gym. I wouldn't be self concious about it, that's what the gym is for! I have seen some people wearing two shirts, so the top one isn't showing much sweat, or it could just be the first part of the year, where a lot of people get gym memberships, but don't work hard!

Whatever the reason is, as long as you're getting a good workout and still feeling good during and after, who cares?
February 6, 2012 7:32 AM
I'm one of those people that just doesn't sweat a lot...however at the gym I sweat...Not shirt might get a little wet around the upper part but my face and hair are totally dripping wet and like you my face is RED! Don't let it bother you.
February 6, 2012 7:32 AM
It's just genetics whether or not you sweat a lot (and where you sweat.) Depends on size of sweat glands as well as a myriad of other things. Don't be embarrassed. Everyone at the gym is a little self-conscious and it's silly because everyone is there for his/her own workout.

Sweat and be proud girlfriend!flowerforyou
February 6, 2012 7:35 AM
I love to sweat at the gym. When I feel that first trickle of sweat down the side of my face I think YES!! And when I'm done I always check out the back of my shirt. I'm actually kinda jealous of the people who's shirts are soaked. I feel like they got a better workout in.

Don't be self conscious. There are probably people who are looking at you with envy!
February 6, 2012 7:37 AM
I sweat a lot too. I'll have it dripping down my face. But I also work really hard. I also tend to burn a lot more calories than I notice other people burning too. Not sure why, I just do. Don't worry about it though. As long as you feel okay I don't see a problem with it.
February 6, 2012 7:42 AM
Glad to see this topic!! I have always sweat a lot and used to be really self-conscious about it. Now I don't care, though I'm happy on days I work hard and sweat a little less, but even then most of my midsection is soaked and the underneath of my hair and I look like a hot mess. I also work out usually 80-90 minutes at a time decently hard, so now I feel like I've earned the right to be that sweaty!! That, and I'm starting to notice that I'm sweating less during weights and aerobic-y activities, as well as walking.

I'm proud to be the sweaty girl at the gym! And I always clean off my equipment once I'm done :)
February 6, 2012 7:48 AM

Sweat and be proud! If you're not sweating, you're not working hard enough. As long as you clean the equipment, no one will care.

I cant agree more. I really think it shows that your working really hard! I am just now starting to sweat less after a year and two months of going like 6 days a week. There were days my whole shirt was soaked and I mean like I lost 2 lbs in one session soaked...all but under the armpits LOL Kinda a reverse thing. I also hate this but I get butt sweat too, like under my cheeks and sometimes around my tailbone. :)

I totally get that some people cant push themselves because of medical reasons, this isn't about them. I don't get why other people who clearly have the ability, go to the gym and not push? I mean, if I am there I am going to do everything I possibly can to burn as many calories in the time I have. What the point of only doing it half hearted? If your not breaking a sweat, kick it up! Again, I know its hard for me to judge without knowing them but the odds are, some of them are not bringing it! ;)
February 6, 2012 8:14 AM
I sweat PROFUSELYembarassed at the gym!!! I am like dripping all over the machine and my shirt is soaked meanwhile other people are training hard and barely sweating. My question to you, my fellow sweat hogs is what do you do for your car's seats. I usually use a towel but it just doesn't seem to cut it. Is there like a sweat shmmy or something?
February 6, 2012 8:16 AM

I sweat PROFUSELYembarassed at the gym!!! I am like dripping all over the machine and my shirt is soaked meanwhile other people are training hard and barely sweating. My question to you, my fellow sweat hogs is what do you do for your car's seats. I usually use a towel but it just doesn't seem to cut it. Is there like a sweat shmmy or something?

I usually sit on a towel and leave the window down so the sweat sort of "blows off" of me lol
February 6, 2012 7:29 PM
Wow, good to know I am not alone!! I love your stories, and statements!! Now I can go sweat my ass off at the gym and totally not care, thanks everyone!!! :)
March 13, 2012 2:56 PM
I'm so glad I found this thread. After doing an hour at the elliptical, my shirt and even my pants and socks get very soaked, and I even make two huge puddles of my sweat underneath the left and right pedals. I do take my time wiping off my machine and drying up the puddles, and people at the gym appreciate me for doing that. Some people even come up to me and give me compliments about me working so hard, and how they wish they can burn as many calories as I do. I know that I'm not the only person in the world that sweats a lot after a work out, and I know that people go to the gym to sweat. Which is why I never felt self-conscious about being so sweaty. That is, until today.

Somebody told me today that it's kinda gross to see somebody at the gym sweat the way I do. And that I should do something, like wear black clothes so it's not too obvious that I was sweating so much. She even offered to buy me lots of black clothes so I can wear them at the gym. Oh, by the way, this somebody is...guess wife. I know, right, of all people? Anyway, she said that if she feels that way considering I'm her husband, what more with other people at the gym who don't know me? She even mentioned that she was embarassed because there were girls behind me at the elliptical (she and two girls were in the ellipticals behind mine) and they could see me pouring sweat. I normally would argue back with her, but this time I assume she was saying this for my own good. I mean, who else at the gym would have guts to confront me about gym ettiquette, right?

Regardless, after she told me that, I started feeling so self-conscious. I'm even worried about going to the gym tomorrow, since I'm gonna be all sweaty again, and it's already hard enough at the elliptical, the last thing I need is to feel self-conscious while I'm exercising.

I've been googling around to see if people have the same experiences, which is how I found this thread. I am surprised to see that the all the comments here are positive. I'm so thankful to everyone who posted, and I mean EVERYONE, trust me, I read each and every comment. I know your comments are not directed specifically to me since I did not start this thread, but after reading them, I feel so overwhelmed with support from you all :) :) :) I'll probably still feel self-conscious tomorrow, but when I do, all I have to do is think of all your nice comments.
March 13, 2012 3:38 PM
I don;t like when back sweat seeps into the waist band of my trousers and creeps down so it looks like bum sweat. It makes me really self-conscious.
March 13, 2012 3:47 PM
i sweat like shaquile oneal !! once i hit 1 mile its on boy !! i used to sweat way more when i was 435 not at 299 its a little less but i still sweat the front and back of shirt any time i play ball, or run .
January 14, 2014 3:33 PM
Don't feel bad. I sweat like crazy. At one point I used to drip all over and soak the treadmill leaving a puddle behind it. I usually look like I got caught in a rainstorm or went swimming fully clothed. I've actually been sweaty enough that someone asked me if I had been swimming. The only downside is if we go as a group and someone thinks I just sat in the sauna the whole time that it isn't possible for a woman to sweat that much. I do go in the sauna after a workout but I'm already soaked before I get in there.

The way I feel is the more I sweat out the harder I must've worked out that day. I'm proud to get as sweaty as possible.
January 14, 2014 3:47 PM
Lol. Bum sweat. My whole undergarments are soaked when I'm finished. I love getting that sweaty at the gym cause I know I got a good workout. What I don't like is that afterwards my underwear feel like I peed on myself. I can literally wring them out and possibly make a puddle (dunno haven't actual wrung them out but they do drip).
January 14, 2014 3:55 PM
I sweat more than anybody else at the gym... naturally.

I've always sweated a lot since I was a kid. Doctors said it wasn't a disease and to just live with it. I don't have sweaty palms or feet, sweat just pours from all over my body.

In regular life, I sweat slightly more than the average joe, but it's only a problem if I go into a 'hot' place and I begin sweating... usually at packed, overheated clubs lol. or the subway.

At the gym, if I go extra hard, my entire shirt becomes drenched in sweat(literally whole shirt, not just the neck/chest) tot he point where the shirt weighs as much as a 5 pound dumbbell.

Do I care what others think? no. I go to the gym to get in shape and look good and feel good about myself outside of the gym. If I never sweat at the gym, I'm not working out hard enough.

I wipe the sweat off the machine though :D
January 14, 2014 6:48 PM
I sweat so much, not only at the gym but ANYWHERE I go. Seriously.

I used to go to raves with my ex boyfriend all the time, and after dancing for 5+ hours I was covered head to toe in sweat. People would even come up to me and ask me if someone pored water on my head, because they didn't understand how I could be drenched .
My boyfriend however, and the majority of people at the raves, were almost completely dry. I felt disgusting and still do when I go anywhere that involves lots of dancing in tight spaces because I'm always drenched by the end of it. However It also means I had a fun night so I don't mind much.
January 15, 2014 9:48 PM
I am a minimal sweater, but I work hard when I go to the gym, so I get damp and I glisten.

The boyfriend on the other hand, drips and rains off of him. I will say I am not a fan of touching a sweaty person, but working out with them, next to them, after them doesn't bother me at all.

I usually bring a change of clothes to the gym and change out before heading home, or throw on jeans over my work out clothes and shower when I get home.


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