ammonia smell during heavy workout?

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    Oct 15, 2010 5:06 AM GMT
    After a good workout a lot of times I can smell a pungent ammonia kinda smell on me....what causes that?

    I have read that it is..

    a) caused by burning fat after your available cals are burnt.

    b) bacteria in my workout clothes that are not killed during washing.


    I do 600 cal on the AMT machine (in 34 minutes or less...max resistance) and then do 1/2 hr workout. I don't sweat in everyday life, but I sweat profusel in my workout.
  • Bunjamon

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    Oct 15, 2010 8:33 AM GMT
    It's probably your clothes. I get the same thing if I don't wash my gym shirts immediately after getting back from the gym. If they stay for more than a day unwashed then they need two washings to get the ammonia smell out.
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    Oct 15, 2010 11:36 AM GMT
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/ammonia.htm
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    Oct 15, 2010 11:42 AM GMT
    Are you sure it's not acetone you're smelling? That would be ketosis and make much more sense for the situation than ammonia. In either case it means you don't have enough glucose and are burning more protein/fatty acids than you should depending on whether it's ammonia or ketones you are smelling respectively. Eat more carbs before you exercise if you don't like the smell, otherwise it doesn't really hurt too much.
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    Oct 15, 2010 12:46 PM GMT
    Sometimes a sign of diabetes, Go and have a check up!
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    Oct 15, 2010 1:45 PM GMT
    Do you use any supplements?

    Anytime I take a nitric oxide supplement, my sweat tends to smell pretty foul.
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    Oct 15, 2010 2:47 PM GMT
    WestAussieGuy saidSometimes a sign of diabetes, Go and have a check up!


    Runs very strongly in my family...Grandma and mom died of it...my dad has it too as do about 1/2 of my brothers and sisiters...been tested..maybe because I'm more fit than most of my family, it has yet to develop in me.
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    Oct 15, 2010 2:50 PM GMT
    averagejoe saidDo you use any supplements?

    Anytime I take a nitric oxide supplement, my sweat tends to smell pretty foul.


    I take Atrophex....two before each workout....got the smell again this morning...and it doesn't matter what gym clothes I wear...and I sanitize (180 deg.) all of my whites. (I have a great washer)

    I should note that I have a very sensitive sense of smell.
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    Oct 15, 2010 2:52 PM GMT
    MsclDrew saidhttp://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/ammonia.htm


    I've read something very similar to this explanation...and it is the leading theory in my mind...thanks for the link...it's a very well-thought analysis..
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    Oct 15, 2010 2:53 PM GMT
    hazardous saidAre you sure it's not acetone you're smelling? That would be ketosis and make much more sense for the situation than ammonia. In either case it means you don't have enough glucose and are burning more protein/fatty acids than you should depending on whether it's ammonia or ketones you are smelling respectively. Eat more carbs before you exercise if you don't like the smell, otherwise it doesn't really hurt too much.


    I like your explanation the most...ketosis...burning fat...I like it!
  • neon4u

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    Oct 15, 2010 4:39 PM GMT
    Ketosis you would more likely taste it in your mouth/nose. If you're smelling it mostly likely your clothes. Try one workout and the clothes are washed. Don't wear them again until washing.
  • mybud

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    Oct 15, 2010 4:41 PM GMT
    Dude....it can be a sign of dehydration...check your water intake.....sexy......BUD
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    Oct 15, 2010 5:24 PM GMT
    Get some Ketostix. Almost certainly, you're in ketosis. That's not all bad, but, not all good either. Normally, you'll want to stay just above ketosis if you're aiming to be lean. If you're looking for muscular gains, you shouldn't be in ketosis at all.

    High blood sugar will usually smell more like rotting meat, and you'll be very thirsty. You can get a blood sugar tester for as little as free at about any pharmacy. Type 2 diabetes is a disease of obesity and is highly preventable with proper life style. Some folks don't get Type 1 diabetes (an auto-immune disease) until later in life. Hyperthyroidism can cause this, too.

    Eat more.

    Some folks have things in their diet that make them smell. That's not usually ammonia, though.

    When I want to get real lean, I'll push myself just into ketosis, and can judge where to set my carbs by testing my blood sugar and by using Ketostix. I know folks who will run themselves into ketostis for long period of time, but, it'll slow your metabolism to a crawl, and just isn't your body's preferred energy source. There's a saying: fat burns in the flame of carbs. One thing is for sure, if you're routinely in ketosis, it will be much harder to make gains, even with high levels of protein. Your muscles like glycogen, period.

    In most cases, it's just the result of the human machine running nominally.

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    Oct 15, 2010 7:28 PM GMT
    Ammonia smell? Maybe you pissed your pants doing those heavy squats.
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    Oct 15, 2010 7:57 PM GMT
    Do you have a cat?

    Also it's a myth to say all people who have type two diabetes are obese as genetics can play a major role too. But poor diet will not help.
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    Oct 15, 2010 7:58 PM GMT
    moscowmikey saidAfter a good workout a lot of times I can smell a pungent ammonia kinda smell on me....what causes that?

    I have read that it is..

    a) caused by burning fat after your available cals are burnt.

    b) bacteria in my workout clothes that are not killed during washing.


    I do 600 cal on the AMT machine (in 34 minutes or less...max resistance) and then do 1/2 hr workout. I don't sweat in everyday life, but I sweat profusel in my workout.



    I'm really sorry to tell you this, but you're dying.
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    Oct 15, 2010 8:08 PM GMT
    You bitches aren't drinking enough water.

    Steer clear of those damn protein drinks and suger-filled energy drinks, and drink a lot of water.

    It's chemistry, not rocket science.

    Jeeze.
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    Oct 15, 2010 11:16 PM GMT
    That happened to me a lot after long runs...........you were close, but it's not fat.........it's protein you're burning. Not necessarily a bad thing.......if it's dietary protein and not muscle.......but it can inhibit muscle growth, as you're getting energy from protein and not fat or carbs. i'm lean, low-fat / high-protein diet, and i noticed this when i started doing really long runs - 4xs a week @ 16+ miles, so it makes sense, given what i've said that i probably was burning protein as a fuel. i started drinking 1% milk instead of skim milk about 6 weeks ago - i was drinking protein shakes made with skim before runs/workouts - that did the trick for me and i've gained a few pounds (not in a bad way, either). You might try cutting back a little on the supplements too if you're taking a lot. *Diabetes was a concern for me too. i tested borderline for it shortly after i noticed this, but i've been testing borderline for about two years, and the doc said this is unrelated, so it's probably not an issue.

    This is a good article that explains it:

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/ammonia.htm

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    Oct 16, 2010 1:59 AM GMT
    ammonia is a byproduct of protien being broken down for energy so you may be working out to long so i've been told not a chemist
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    Oct 16, 2010 5:34 AM GMT
    Ammonia from your feet usually is too much protein in the blood. It's happened to me. However just an all over ammonia smell, kidney function.
    Go to the doctor. I wouldn't wait.