Sweatshirts for Workout?

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    Aug 13, 2008 11:58 AM GMT
    I see a decent number of guys in the gym who wear sweatshirts when working out (even in the summertime - though mind you I workout at 5AM when it's a bit chillier). I've read pros and cons:

    1. Increased body temp bad for workout
    2. Increased body temp allows muscles to loosen and stretch more
    3. Increased body temp forces body to become more efficient

    What is the truth around this?
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    Aug 13, 2008 5:09 PM GMT
    I wonder about this myself sometimes. When I started high school, a sweatshirt was part of the standard gym uniform. (They were discontinued the next year, and became sort of a collector's item.)
    Last fall, I visited my old Uni and saw lots of kids out running in 45 degree foggy weather shirtless. (Jog bras for the girls.) I guess the thinking has changed on this.

    Personally, I just go for comfort. I might wear a sweatshirt to warm up, but then drop it when I start to sweat. I hate wearing them when they get soggy.
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    Aug 13, 2008 5:14 PM GMT
    I see this all the time. Guys wearing hooded sweatshirts with sweatpants. By the end of the workout, they are drenched. I sweat buckets to begin with so I could not imagine wearing sweats. And to top it off, my old gym was old school...no AC! You would start sweating as soon as you walked in. And yet you would still see guys covered from head to toe. My personal trainer told me years ago not to wear clothing like that. Increased body temp/core temp and increased heart rate should be due to your workout.
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    Aug 13, 2008 5:16 PM GMT
    Well, I know the wrestlers did it to sweat out some water before weigh-in, but I don't know a reason to do it for regular work outs.