Shouldn't I be sweating and breathing more during my strength workouts?

Answered on December 09, 2013
Created December 07, 2013 at 1:14 AM

I've recently started a new style of strength training. My workouts consist of the main compound lifts, usually squats, dead lifts, rows, bench press, shoulder press, and chin ups, I do about 5-6 sets of 3-4 of those exercises about 3 or 4 times a week, and all sets are to failure(usually 3-9 reps) and rest is about 2-3 minutes between sets. I've noticed that when I used to do mass reps with my TRX I was breathing hard and sweating A ton, but with this new routine i barely sweat if not at all, and during my old workouts I would feel sore during and right after, and with my new routine I feel fine in between sets, after the workout, but then really sore the next day when I wake up. Can someone explain this?



on December 07, 2013
at 01:34 AM

I'm wondering why my heart rate is so low, maybe it's because I have a history of copious amounts of cardio, so now that I've been doing anaerobic stuff, it's just way to easy to keep up with it heart rate wise, even though I'm pushing muscles to failure



on December 07, 2013
at 01:27 AM

heart rate most likely a lot lower (or not high for as long) = less sweating (do you wear a heart rate monitor).

training to failure = more muscle damage = more soreness (& possibly an increase in doms, delayed onset muscle soreness)

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on December 09, 2013
at 07:44 PM

Feeling fine in-between sets but feeling the delayed onset muscle soreness the next morning is perfectly normal. I don't think you need to worry that you're not gaining just because you don't instantly feel sore.

Not sweating is something that I've noticed happen from time to time as well. The sets can be just as taxing as they should be, but sometimes I'm dry as a bone. I reckon since sweating is a mechanism to help control body temperature that if your temperature doesn't need regulating, even while lifting heavy, then you won't sweat. Although sweating can be a canary that tells you that you're Just Not Trying Hard Enough(tm) it is by no means mandatory (especially in these cooler winter months). If you're looking for an indication that you're "doing it right" I personally like to look at the face. Goofy faces, like good old Arnold's, have a tendency to tell you when good effort is being put in (unless the face is being faked for whatever silly reason).


on December 09, 2013
at 11:12 AM

Yes you will be sweating and breathing heavily while doing workouts, as it is common and it happens to every one.

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