True or False – 5 Workout myths – If you’re not sweating, you’re not making gains

Me using battle ropes

Hey, guys, I’ve been running a few blogs on True or False – 5 commonly believed workout myths. (Thanks to @TheLondonFella on Twitter for the idea!)

This post ties in nicely with the last blog post No Pain, No Gain.

To start this off, I want to use some of my own anecdotal evidence to suggest that you don’t need to leave the gym, dripping with sweat to get hench. I know one of my friends (@SirIkeir) only sweats on his shins whilst he works out. Weird right? But don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a noticeable amount, but he just doesn’t sweat anywhere else. On the other hand, I can’t have a workout without my head dripping. Gross!

Anyway, my friend still seems to get pretty damn hench – in fact, he is making the most progress I have ever seen him gain. So much so that his strength is starting to surpass mine. 🙁

However, if you are not sweating, the likelihood is that you won’t be burning much fat Remember the more you workout the more you sweat as your body is trying to cool itself down. If you don’t have much fat covering your body, you won’t sweat that much.

Fat loss and sweating

Let’s break this down. If you’re trying to lose weight, you should be sweating. That doesn’t mean you need to go to the gym in your hoody and baggy tracksuit to sweat the most you can – granted you will lose more weight, you won’t necessarily lose more fat!

You want to be pushing yourself damn near your limit, exerting as much energy as you possibly can so that you burn all of those calories and lose the fat. You can do this during spin sessions, running, jogging, swimming etc. Anything that requires some cardiovascular exertion. In fact, HIIT sessions might be your best tool here.

Muscle growth and sweating

Sweating when you’re trying to put on muscle isn’t really necessary from what I have experienced. If your goal is to get shredded then you should definitely be sweating, but if you are purely focusing on muscle growth then you shouldn’t need to sweat. Like I say, though, I can’t go through a single resistance training session without having at least one bead roll down my forehead.

Conclusion

Overall, you don’t need to sweat to get the most out of the gym. If you are doing cardiovascular work then yes, you should be sweating. If you are just resistance training then you don’t need to sweat at all.

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True or False – 5 Workout myths – No Pain, No Gain

Hey, guys, I’ve been running a few blogs on True or False – 5 commonly believed workout myths. (Thanks to @TheLondonFella on Twitter for the idea!)

This is one of the biggest misconceptions ever brought to the gym. I don’t know how many people I have seen push themselves to near breaking point in the gym, whilst shouting at one another ‘no pain, no gain bro!’.

According to Wikipedia, the phrase became popular after Jane Fonda started using it during her Aerobic Workout videos back in 1982. It expresses the belief that we must experience pain to gain muscle.

In fact, my old training partner (@Sirikeir) was quite an advocate of the saying, claiming that you MUST feel a pump and experience pain to make gains. I disagree.

You should definitely feel pain a day or two after your workout (DOMS – Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness), but feeling pain during your workout is often a good indicator that you should hit the showers or at least slow it down.

So yes, to make gains you must experience pain. But the pain you should feel should be from the DOMS you experience the day after.

Thanks for reading this weeks post on the 5 commonly believed workout myths. Come back next week to hear some more on this!

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