sauna/steam rooms

  • workout_dude

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    Dec 10, 2010 1:46 AM GMT
    my gym has a sauna and steam room... what do they do exactly, help lose weight by sweating?
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    Dec 10, 2010 2:30 AM GMT
    You don't lose weight by sweating. They're for relaxing. I suppose you could lose a little weight fighting off the dirty old trolls that hang out in them.
  • UnluckyTitan

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    Dec 10, 2010 2:51 AM GMT
    They're also suposed to help you sweat out toxins.
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    Dec 10, 2010 7:18 AM GMT
    They're for overweight old creepers to stare at young guys and try to cruise them for some random JO or buttsecks. Note: you cruise, you lose!
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    Dec 10, 2010 7:33 AM GMT
    FearTheFall saidThey're for overweight old creepers to stare at young guys and try to cruise them for some random JO or buttsecks. Note: you cruise, you lose!


    At 21 you are already looking like the weight is setting in, and if you live long enough, you will become one too.

    My gym has neither, as it's not something I seek in a gym. In fact I with a mate are looking at opening a gym, and we have already agreed, there will be no steam room, or even showers to reduce the loitering that goes on in gyms.
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    Dec 10, 2010 7:36 AM GMT
    lol...steam rooms and saunas do nothing physically. Maybe feel good. Maybe hook up with someone. Maybe a troll, if the steam is heavy and you can't see through the steam. Maybe a hot guy looking for you. Who knows? They feel good. Swedes love them. Do they make you lose toxins? Highly unlikely. You lose water through sweat. Toxins? Never seen a study that shows that but some people like to think that. I would use it and see what happens. Maybe you will sweat out toxins AND meet a hot guy. If nothing else they feel good. Give it a shot.
  • Vaughn

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    Dec 10, 2010 7:36 AM GMT
    It's good for your skin. The steam room is also good for your lungs.
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    Dec 10, 2010 9:37 AM GMT
    Vaughn saidIt's good for your skin. The steam room is also good for your lungs.



    Good for the skin? Haven't seen an old steam room troll yet with a peaches and cream complexion icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 10, 2010 11:22 AM GMT
    I cant stand either as I usually get dizzy in them. I might go in the steam room occassionally but cant stay but a few minutes. I do love the jacuzzi though, feels great especially after doing a back or a leg workout.
  • LEOPOLDIVX

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    Dec 10, 2010 11:42 AM GMT
    24 hour fitness is good and I have never seen too much if anything. Its a good place to chat and feel better as the jets in the hot tub do there job. Steam and sauna feel good when your sick or if your needing to relax.

    Personaly nothing against them and being European it helps to have them. My Great grandfather used one any time he felt like he was geting a soar thraot or a cold. He did well and I imagine so will I.
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    Dec 10, 2010 11:56 AM GMT
    I use the sauna and steam room after working out to relax, and it feels good especially on a cold day out. It also helps clear out my sinuses and opens my airways. Sadly, you will get the creepy, overweight, old men that stare, but I just ignore then and normally they dont try anything. My suggestion is to try it, you might like..
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    Dec 10, 2010 12:16 PM GMT
    beneful1 said
    Vaughn saidIt's good for your skin. The steam room is also good for your lungs.



    Good for the skin? Haven't seen an old steam room troll yet with a peaches and cream complexion icon_lol.gif


    Ha ha funny.

    But steam room does help open your pores and thus in turn helps keeping your skin clean.
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    Dec 10, 2010 12:32 PM GMT
    Some of these comments sound like stuff I'd expect from straights, who think every gay guy has sexual designs on them. Similar arguments to those who oppose repealing DADT and preventing the US military from becoming "integrated" over fears that gays will turn barracks showers into homo brothels.

    Here are the reasons I've used the sauna for decades: first, it helps me to avoid muscle aches & stiffness after a workout. Second, I have fewer head colds in the winter, particularly when I've lived in the snow belt. I've read that this is because the most common cold virus found in the nose is killed by breathing the hot sauna air. Whatever the case, I don't get colds, sinus infections and a stuffy nose as frequently when I'm using the sauna regularly.

    Third, it helps lessen my arthritis. Fourth, a good heat soak enables me to quickly overcome a shivering winter chill to which I'm very susceptible. Again, more something I'd get up north, seldom here in Florida now, and when I motorcycled regularly.

    As for drooling at frightened young men, without my eyeglasses I can't even see them. Indeed, if I do feel the irresistible urge to chase young things around I go to a gay bathhouse, where that behavior is rather expected, and the temperature a lot cooler than in a proper sauna. (Actually, the bathhouse is the one time I prefer a steam room to the sauna, since I'm not there for health or therapeutic reasons, and the dim, steamy atmosphere seems more conducive to having anonymous hook-ups, provided it's not too hot inside)
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    Dec 10, 2010 12:33 PM GMT
    Steam rooms are for your comfort and relaxation; physical benefits are somewhat questionable, certainly not for weight loss. If you have one, enjoy it; they are few and far between these days.icon_idea.gif
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    Dec 10, 2010 12:53 PM GMT
    I don't like steam room a lot, but use sauna after every gym workout if I have the time for it.

    Sweating won't make you lose fat.

    But after workout sauna allow allow better recovery.

    While you workout, a lot of capillary (very tiny veins), open to increase the blood flow in your muscles.

    When you end your workout, your body cool down, literally, and all those additional capillary close, so the muscle blood flow is reduced, while your muscle are still loaded in lactic acid.

    Sauna just allow a more gradual cool down. A slow jogging would give the exact same result for recovery, but without the voluptuous relaxation.
  • xebec75

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    Dec 10, 2010 3:25 PM GMT
    True_blue_aussie said
    FearTheFall saidThey're for overweight old creepers to stare at young guys and try to cruise them for some random JO or buttsecks. Note: you cruise, you lose!


    At 21 you are already looking like the weight is setting in, and if you live long enough, you will become one too.

    My gym has neither, as it's not something I seek in a gym. In fact I with a mate are looking at opening a gym, and we have already agreed, there will be no steam room, or even showers to reduce the loitering that goes on in gyms.


    Wow...why is that conservatives not only have no fun themselves and don't like other people to have fun...yawn.
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    Dec 11, 2010 1:21 AM GMT
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    True_blue_aussie said
    FearTheFall saidThey're for overweight old creepers to stare at young guys and try to cruise them for some random JO or buttsecks. Note: you cruise, you lose!


    At 21 you are already looking like the weight is setting in, and if you live long enough, you will become one too.

    My gym has neither, as it's not something I seek in a gym. In fact I with a mate are looking at opening a gym, and we have already agreed, there will be no steam room, or even showers to reduce the loitering that goes on in gyms.


    Wow...why is that conservatives not only have no fun themselves and don't like other people to have fun...yawn.


    Because we have common decency.
  • caffeine

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    Dec 11, 2010 1:59 AM GMT
    They don't do anything, besides maybe make you feel good after a workout.

    Also see:
    http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2896/does-a-sauna-or-steam-room-do-you-any-good

    That's a very informative article.
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    Dec 11, 2010 2:06 AM GMT
    For those who don't know, 5'8", and 135 lbs, is NOT muscular. It's starving. It's off the bottom end of the sedentary weight chart for men. Someone in this weight range should NOT be considering weight loss.

    Here's the standard weight chart for men. Athletes and Real Jocks will be considerably heavier because of lean muscle mass / being muscular.

    standard_weight_chart_for_men.jpg

    Sauna and steam rooms support vascular dilation and sweating, which causes fluid loss. Any weight loss is attributable to dehydration. You should replenish any fluids lost.

    Heat frustration can be very fatiguing. Excess exposure should be avoided.

    There's some truth to the fact that a higher body temperature can kill some viruses. (That's why you run a fever when sick.) However, too high of a body temp for too long, too often, is VERY unhealthy. You're better off to drink MORE water, as it helps to wash out sodium which will help you to maintain a better water balance. Most folks have WAY too much sodium in their diet.

    In terms of exercise performance, the cooler you are, the better off you are. NEVER wear sweats, nor caps, when working out inside. It's just plain dumb.

    For DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) you're better to do some high rep sets to flush the muscles out than dehydrating yourself. That dehydration is counter productive to exercise performance. Best to EAT, within one hour of working out for the best results. Drink water. and more water. Your body is mostly just a bag of water.

    Most gym saunas and steam rooms are frequented by fat asses, pervs / cheap tricks, and ignorant folks that have no clue how to train for gains.

    If you're bloaty, heat can help to get the bloat off, but, understand, it's temporary, and, doesn't address the underlying issue of bad diet.
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    Dec 11, 2010 2:10 AM GMT
    FearTheFall said
    xebec75 said
    True_blue_aussie said
    FearTheFall saidThey're for overweight old creepers to stare at young guys and try to cruise them for some random JO or buttsecks. Note: you cruise, you lose!


    At 21 you are already looking like the weight is setting in, and if you live long enough, you will become one too.

    My gym has neither, as it's not something I seek in a gym. In fact I with a mate are looking at opening a gym, and we have already agreed, there will be no steam room, or even showers to reduce the loitering that goes on in gyms.


    Wow...why is that conservatives not only have no fun themselves and don't like other people to have fun...yawn.


    Because we have common decency.


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    Dec 11, 2010 2:12 AM GMT
    Common decency? I thought they agreed at the last convention to say "family values", which I dunno, sounds like an awful white-bread sitcom.
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    Dec 11, 2010 2:21 AM GMT
    It's not about being conservative or liberal. Saunas aren't for masturbation/sex - it's a health hazard!

    How do you think straight guys would feel if they saw this kind of stuff going on while trying to take a sauna?
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    Dec 11, 2010 2:25 AM GMT
    I love the steam room, probably because none of these "trolls" seem to be in the one at my gym. I've noticed that if I use the hot tub and steam room after working out, I feel less sore the next day. I also have slight athsma and it seems to help a little bit after doing a lot of cardio, but that may just be mental. Anyway, if nothing else it feels great and helps me relax and therefore makes me happy.
  • metta

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    Dec 11, 2010 2:31 AM GMT
    They are also good for your sinuses/allergies that bother your nose/hay fever.
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    Dec 11, 2010 2:34 AM GMT
    also good for ur skin