Sure, no sweat!

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    Mar 23, 2010 3:01 PM GMT
    Anyone here not sweat when lifting weights? No matter how much or how little I lift I don't sweat.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Mar 23, 2010 3:52 PM GMT
    I rarely sweat from weights. Then again, I rarely sweat while playing sports either. For me, sweat is something that happens pretty much only with relatively intense and sustained cardio effort, beyond the level I reach in a regular volleyball or tennis match.

    Rather than judge the effort of weight lifting by sweat, I judge it by how much my muscles feel like jell-o afterward. If my arms are shaking on that last pushup, or my legs spasming on that last squat, I know that I've actually gone until failure, not just until I don't feel like it anymore. You don't want to go until failure all the time, of course, but if you do it occasionally and pay attention to your body, you can figure out how you feel when you're 90% there, 80% there, etc.
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    Mar 23, 2010 4:05 PM GMT
    Just curious how much rest time you allow between sets. It seems to me that somebody with a bunch of extra body fat should break a sweat during an aggressive lifting routine. I like MSUBioNerd's answer, but he's very trim. I wonder if that makes a difference?

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    Mar 23, 2010 4:17 PM GMT
    djdorchester saidJust curious how much rest time you allow between sets. It seems to me that somebody with a bunch of extra body fat should break a sweat during an aggressive lifting routine. I like MSUBioNerd's answer, but he's very trim. I wonder if that makes a difference?



    Sweating varies from person to person... it does not reflect how hard you may or may not be working.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Mar 23, 2010 4:49 PM GMT
    Brandon's right about sweat being very variable from one person to the next. My dad sweats profusely even when he's not breathing hard at all. Before he developed hip problems, we'd play tennis together regularly. I worried that he was going to pass out from dehydration because he was sweating so much; he worried that I was going to pass out from heat stroke because I was sweating so little.

    I think if there's consistency in your sweating, you don't have much to worry about. That is, if you sweat while doing cardio but not while lifting weights, that's probably just how your body is wired, particularly if you at least a few times go to physical failure and still aren't sweating. But if you sweat while doing pullups but not when doing bench presses, for example, that may be a sign you're not working the bench as hard as you are the bar.
  • Tritimium

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    Mar 23, 2010 5:12 PM GMT
    I sweat like a bitch in the weights room. icon_eek.gif I usually do a decent warm-up on the rower first; I like to be thoroughly warmed up before hitting the weights. If I super-set my exercises, I can get pretty out of breath and sweat even more (esp. with barbell squats followed by pull-ups, repeated a few times).
  • CAtoFL

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    Mar 23, 2010 5:29 PM GMT
    I think there's also an environmental component to sweating. When I'm in Florida and exercise, I come home soaking wet. When I cycle in the desert, the sweat evaporates pretty quickly and I'm nearly dry. Honestly, it also varies depending upon what kind of clothing I'm wearing. Some wicks away sweat. Some seems to collect it.

    Which pretty much leads me to aligning with MSU's response - there's too much variability in sweating to judge your workout effort by it.
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    Mar 23, 2010 10:15 PM GMT
    Rarely. I only sweat on the cycling machines.
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    Mar 23, 2010 10:29 PM GMT
    Maybe there's some cheese blocking your pores.
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    Mar 26, 2010 6:19 AM GMT
    PSCalif saidI think there's also an environmental component to sweating. When I'm in Florida and exercise, I come home soaking wet. When I cycle in the desert, the sweat evaporates pretty quickly and I'm nearly dry.


    I agree, environment is a big factor. The air here in Denver is pretty dry, and there's always some kind of climate control at the gym drying it out further. It seems like I can't ever break a sweat at the gym, but as soon as I put on sparring pads my clothes get soaked, whether I work hard or not.
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    Mar 26, 2010 6:22 AM GMT
    I sweat a LOT from doing cardio but not from lifting weights
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    Mar 27, 2010 3:19 PM GMT
    McGay saidMaybe there's some cheese blocking your pores.


    Thanks for your input!