I love to sweat my balls off when I workout. My motto is, if I’m not drenched 30 minutes in I might as well have stayed home. And when I say drenched I mean drenched. Like I just stepped out of a swimming pool with my gym attire on. Over the years I’ve worked out with some friends. Here’s my typical pre-cardio convo with them:
Me: By the way, I sweat a lot when I workout.
Friend: Um, ok.
Me: Really it’s a lot.
Friend: Yeah, ok.
And post cardio the convo goes like this:
Friend: OMG you are drenched!
Me: Yes, yes I am. Did you not believe me when I told you I sweat a lot when I workout?
Friend: No, I just have never seen sweat like that before!
I was inspired to write on this topic for two reasons.
1) The AC at my gym was out one day this week. I’ve worked out many times over the years in hot, humid conditions. I was even a fan of bikram yoga for awhile. I always felt like I was getting a better workout with the added heat factor. My heart rate would be way up there. At the same time I realized that I couldn’t push as hard as I could in cooler temps. So the other day, oh man did I kick my own butt. The cardio factor was second to none BUT I couldn’t use my normal resistance levels on the machines. I had to do a lot more interval training because it was so hard! By the time cardio was over and I moved to the weight room I had nothing left in me to keep going, in spite of the fact I probably had consumed my own weight in water by that point. I wondered, did I really get a better workout in the heat? Is there any merit to exercising in hot, humid conditions? Yep, you guessed it. I did a little research on the subject because my inquiring mind wants to know! Here’s what I found:
Heat requires your body to divert blood flow to the skin for cooling the body. This means less blood to the muscles you are using and harder work for the heart. So the cardiovascular aspect of exercising in the heat seems legit, however performance can be compromised. Here’s a good article from Runner’s World.
Anyway, as I mentioned, I LOVE the intense sweat factor from a great workout. Hot, humid, cool, whatever the temperature I want to sweat like a horse running the Kentucky Derby! Usually I’m pretty proud of this. On rare occasions I’m embarrassed by my ability to purge excessive fluid through my epidermis. This morning was one of those occasions, and brings me to inspiration number two for this post.
2) I arrive this morning at my gym and head to the locker room to put my stuff away. Coming out of the locker room is the Millionaire Matchmaker. I live in LA and belong to a higher end gym (and have seen her there before) so it’s par for the course. I walk over to my favorite elliptical machine and two seconds later, she gets on the one right next to me. I’m horrified because last night I ate a LOT of garlic for dinner (chicken caesar salad from Hal’s Bar and Grill Venice, CA) and knew I just reeked. Because I love food and blogging about it, here’s last night’s dinner.
Ok, back to the story… I also knew how much worse I’d smell as soon as I started sweating! Really? Did she have to get on the machine right next to me? There I was working out like a beast and all I could do was my best to not breathe in her direction or fling sweat on her. She didn’t switch machines or anything so maybe my attempts to be respectful were a success! Guess I’ll never know.
What I do know is that I got to sweat my balls off today with the Millionaire Matchmaker! That’s a happy Saturday.