The recent competitive bodybuilding event we staged here, and the ‘awards’ which followed (see previous post!) put me in mind of some thoughts on sweating (! – if that’s not a turn off…). I have sometimes been puzzled by why some folks sweat so readily in the gym when others, apparently putting in the same effort, do not.
Entering a gym when already sweaty is a bit of a no-no (except when you have warmed up outside in the sun with a run or something) – and in our private gym club in our TN days, a pre-shower was mandated. However, sweat produced in the gym is ‘fair enough’.
The reason for these thoughts is that my friends think me a bit of a mutant because I rarely sweat at all in the gym however much effort I am putting in. Usually therefore the butt of jokes… ‘C’mon, Tone, put a bit of effort in…!’ In contrast, Zach is usually drenched in a few minutes, doing exactly the same things. Seems we’re all in different places on the sweat spectrum.
Of course, give me a few minutes in direct Portuguese summer sun, or in a sauna, and it is entirely a different matter, so I know my sweat glands work.
For others, sweat may break out just on the forehead:
…contrast this next guy, who is soaked…
…and this gym bunny has clearly been working hard:
Has this guy been working on a farm, maybe?
A sweaty guy in jeans can look quite sexy to us gays, I think:
Just a slight trickle here…
I must have some sort of sweat ‘fetish’ I think. We love to do bench presses as a trio, with one guy lifting, one spotting and one making the (human) bench by kneeling. We’ve just had a session this morning, rotating through the three positions: with Zach lifting while lying on my back as the bench, I get drenched and there is a seriously loud ‘squelch’ as he gets up and our bodies come apart. Weird, I know. But such a heady aroma which signifies a great workout effort… one day, someone may do the research which classifies skin types against the sweat rate for a given exercise, or something. I, for one, would be interested to understand this better.
We used to laugh at the Japanese for producing a health drink called ‘Pocari Sweat’, which they thought was a good name for a mineral top-up drink to replace sweat while working out. Here is a newer version (USA I think) – or maybe it is shower gel… anyone know?…
Enough of this, I think… ‘No sweat’… ugh, awful pun. Sorry. Let’s enjoy a selection of less-sweaty guys!
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This one’s just a wet guy!…