Research: ‘The Sweat Spectrum’

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:

After boxing:

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…

One more:

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!

A quick plug for the new book (explore by clicking on the cover):

This one’s just a wet guy!…

About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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One Response to Research: ‘The Sweat Spectrum’

  1. Platinumboy says:

    Sweat, of course, has a cleansing effect. Your propensity to lick sweat may be related to the taste/aroma combination. For example, you may not prefer the sweat of a man who eats foods you dislike or ingests other substances offensive to your taste buds. However, if you meet someone who ingests foods that have an odor or taste you like, you would want to lick that sweat. I remember you once mentioned that you taught Leo and Chris to lick sweat. Ask their opinions. See what they say.

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