Embarrassing Gym Issues: 10 Solutions For A Sweaty Crotch

by TaylorR

Last week I kicked off a special series, Embarrassing Gym Issues Women Face.

Why?

Because what we feel is embarrassing is actually very common.

We started off with the oh so common, yet still embarrassing issue of peeing when you exercise. If you missed it, just click to catch up!

Because now we’re moving on to embarrassing gym issue #2:

The Sweaty Crotch

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{Not even models are safe}

This is quite the perfect follow up to last week’s post. It’s the issue where everyone thinks you’ve peed yourself but you haven’t.

It’s the “fake out”.

I can’t tell you how many times this embarrassing issue has happened to yours truly.

The Time An Entire Gym Thought I Wet Myself

It was about a year ago. And this was the worst experience of sweaty crotch I’ve had.

I was logging in a 6 mile run on the treadmill. Nothing out of place… or so I thought. (Queue the Jaws music!)

I hopped off to guzzle water at the fountain, and as I began walking to the other side of the gym (why can’t gyms put a water fountain next to the cardio?), I noticed several people staring at me.

I was smiling on the inside like, “Yeah, that’s right! That’s how you do it. Take note.”

Oh, misplaced pride ;)

After I inhaled water, I went to the back stretching room and to my horror realized what was going on.

Embarrassing!

My crotch had gotten so sweaty, it looked as if I had peed myself a dozen times, nearly half way down my thighs.

And what’s worse, I was on my way to teach a boot camp and had not thought to bring an extra pair of capris to change into.

So for the rest of the night, I made a joke out of it and told my awesome ladies to just disregard my pee-pants.

I didn’t learn my lesson. I still wear those same sweaty crotch capris from time to time.

Why Do Our Crotches Sweat?

Because our entire body sweats! Easy enough right?

But there is a bit more to the story.

Of course you know you sweat as a way to cool down. But did you know the more “in shape” you get, the more you sweat?

That’s because your body becomes more efficient at cooling you down. So if you used to not be a sweater and suddenly you find yourself leaving puddles on the floor, you can give yourself at pat on the back.

As for your groin… it’s a double sweater. Not ideal if you fear crotch sweat.

You see, your body produces two kinds of sweat

Eccrine: which regulates body temperature

Apocrine: which releases pheromones

The groin (and arm pits) contains glands that secrete both, making it a double sweater.

Not to mention that gravity pulls your sweat down your body. So naturally, it will collect in places like your groin area. Which is also an area of the body that has compressed fabric all over it with much less breathing room.

How To Handle Sweaty Crotch

Considering that I keep falling victim of the sweaty crotch on a weekly basis, I am going to have to say I love this particular approach to finding a solution:

Australian comedian Sammy J is spot on.

I sweat because I workout… hard.

Sure you could avoid the whole issue by wearing these…

Or by wearing black bottoms ALL THE TIME when you workout.

But don’t you like color, variety, and patterns?

I refuse to limit my workout options to black. Yes, black is slimming and hides moisture, but it’s boring day after day… after day.

Let’s not forget I wear fitness clothes every day of my life.

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So personally, I just opt to accept the sweaty pee crotch look for what it is… a reflection of my commitment to both fashion and fitness.

But I know that many of you aren’t as “free” to this look. And that’s cool.

Here’s what you can do instead…

  • Wear black.
  • Avoid tight fitting workout bottoms like spandex shorts and compression capris.
  • Workout in a really cold room.
  • Wear cotton panties which can help to absorb some of the moisture before it hits your workout attire.
  • Workout by yourself (if a tree falls in the woods but no one is around, does it make a sound?).
  • Wear Kotex crotch sweat panty liners (video above)
  • Powder up with something like Gold-Bond or baby powder.
  • Workout in front of a fan… directly in front.
  • Pour water over your entire lower body to make everything “match up”.
  • Don’t workout. Scared you’ll sweat too much, just avoid the whole ordeal all together.

Just an FYI – I am kidding on many of these, especially #10. Please don’t avoid working out because you’re scared of sweat.

I’m trying to make you smile today… humor me!

Bottom Line, Embrace it.

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But honestly, the best way to handle the whole down there sweat dilemma is to either wear black or wear loose shorts that allow for circulation. And of course if you really do feel as if you have a sweating issue, don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor.

So tell me…

Have you ever been embarrassed by your body’s reaction to exercise? Share your story!

 

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Erica July 17, 2014 at 9:27 am

hahahaha! I didn’t see this before our run this morning :) So fitting. Love it.

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TaylorR July 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Haha, yes!

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Kristen July 17, 2014 at 9:40 am

I don’t think I’ve ever really be embarrassed by it but I do think I am one of the sweatiest people at my gym and have gone to the bathroom sink after a workout to wet down the rest of my shorts.

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TaylorR July 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm

I might out sweat you in a contest. I’m not ashamed any longer. lol

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Karen - Fit in France July 17, 2014 at 10:25 am

I hate sweaty crotch. But I hate it more when I wear running shorts and they smell so bad as soon as I sweat. I have yet to find a pair that doesn’t stink. It must be the kind of material. And when I say smell, I mean reek.

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TaylorR July 17, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Yes, i need to start researching stinky clothes and how to avoid them!

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JulieW July 19, 2014 at 12:43 am

yes, please do! I was just thinking about this issues this week when I noticed how stinky my workout clothes were even after I just washed them!

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Rebecca July 17, 2014 at 10:31 am

This happened to me today!!!! I refuse to just wear black pants everyday to workout. Cotton undies and just hope and pray the sweat doesn’t break through! I have often wondered why I am drenched in sweat (hair soaked, sweat dripping off my face and rolling onto floor) while other ladies seem to not sweat at all!!

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TaylorR July 17, 2014 at 2:41 pm

It’s because you’re kicking butt and they likely aren’t! haha. I am the same, my hair rings out water! gross but such is a good workout, right?

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Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie July 17, 2014 at 11:34 am

I love this post! I workout in black bottoms and colorful tops so I haven’t noticed this but it’s good to know!

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TaylorR July 17, 2014 at 2:25 pm

And knowing is half the battle ;) I normally do the bright colors on top too but sometimes it’s nice to have a change up. I get so annoyed buying another pair of black bottoms! Lol

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Jeanette July 17, 2014 at 12:03 pm

I wear black capris always.

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TaylorR July 17, 2014 at 2:25 pm

haha, i’ve seen you in shorts and grey capris! Yes, I guess I check you out every time we are together ;)

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Jennifer July 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm

I have learned that black is the ideal way to go, especially on a day that you may be exposed to doing double-unders in a workout… sweat + any bit of leakage.. eek!!

I did recently get into more colorful pants now but have yet to experience any “issues”. I have bright pink and blue ones from fabletics with no issues, and a pair of Reebok fun colored print that I think would camouflage any concerns. ;)

Loved this post.

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TaylorR July 17, 2014 at 2:27 pm

I’ll have to check out fabletics! Yes, my Reebok ones (in the picture) are dark enough that I don’t have a problem with them either. Go reebok!

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Rebecca July 17, 2014 at 1:21 pm

I turn BRIGHT red sometimes…or sometimes, for whatever reason, just my neck and chest will turn bright red and not my face. It basically looks like I’m breaking out in hives or having an allergic reaction or something. And then people point it out, like I can’t feel the 15º temperature change on my chest and neck. Sigh. It’s gotten better and comes and goes, but I have definitely had people ask me if I’m ok because I look like I’m having an allergic reaction to something or like I’m going to pass out.

And these made me laugh, so goal accomplished!

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TaylorR July 17, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Oh man! I used to break out in hives when I drank wine. Thank goodness that doesn’t happen any longer!

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Sheena July 17, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I also turn bright red when I work out… I always thought it was my pale thin skin :)

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Rebecca July 18, 2014 at 7:43 pm

I am pretty pale, and it definitely doesn’t help! Glad to know I’m not the only one :)

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Sheena July 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm

I sweat a lot! I just try not to look in the mirror or at other people at the gym and do my thing :)

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TaylorR July 18, 2014 at 7:42 am

haha, yes! What you don’t see won’t kill ya!

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lindsay July 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm

oh my gosh, if it ain’t the crotch, it’s the nipples. I’ve seen it all. I wear black… A LOT!

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TaylorR July 18, 2014 at 7:41 am

Yes! I see sweaty nipple issues with some of my ladies!

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Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat July 17, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Every time I put on a pair of gray leggings to run I mentally prepare to be okay with my sweaty crotch :)

I am the sweatiest person when working out…so I just embrace it all!

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TaylorR July 18, 2014 at 7:41 am

Cheers to the sweaty crotch! We share the same approach.

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GiGi Eats Celebrities July 17, 2014 at 10:16 pm

AH HA HA HA HA HA! No sweaty crotches here. Well, I only have one crotch too – lol. But I do sweat A LOT, which is why I wear a sports bra and tiny shorts, lol.

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TaylorR July 18, 2014 at 7:39 am

If I didn’t have thighs that would create a fire from so much rubbing I would go with shorty shorts too! Rock those tiny shorts!

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Christine @ Love, Life, Surf July 18, 2014 at 8:27 pm

This was one of the things I was most worried about when I started wearing more colorful capris. Now, I don’t really care or I just wear black when I know that I’m going to be doing a sweaty workout!

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