Embarrassing Gym Issues: 10 Solutions For A Sweaty Crotch

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


Because what we feel is embarrassing is actually 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


{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 that the worst sweaty crotch experience happened, yet I remember it like it was yesterday.

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 took down what felt like a gallon of good ole h20, I went to stretch and to my horror realized what was going on.


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.


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. In fact, start working out WITH ME (<– details on my 64 workout Body Burn Challenge)…

Then we can suffer sweaty crotch syndrome together.

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

Bottom Line, Embrace it.


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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

      • JulieW

        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!

  • Rebecca

    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!!

    • 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?

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

    • 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

  • Jeanette

    I wear black capris always.

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

  • 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.

    • 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!

  • Rebecca

    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!

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

      • Sheena

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

        • Rebecca

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

  • Sheena

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

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

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

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

  • 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!

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

  • 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.

    • 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!

  • 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!

  • ChriSSy LyNN

    YES. I just started my fitness journey. So I stood up from the machine and there it was, the dreaded (and at the time unknown to me) wet spot. I just hurried and sat back down. I eventually got up hoping no one else saw it. Then I left. I’m going back today, and because of your story, I’m just gonna embrace it. I mean I’m not at the gym to impress anyone but me. So I’ll just wipe it down and keep pushing. Thank you for sharing!!

    • It’s not convenient or cute, but it happens! Way to get back on the gym horse and keep going! Now when it happens, I walk around like nothing is wrong just to see if others notice. lol. Thanks for sharing your story! Good luck!

  • Denise

    I designed and make a device that wraps around the crotch of ones briefs; all it does is absorb excess moisture, made of 100% cotton, and washable hundreds of times. Very comfortable, coolwrapps.com.

  • Kim

    I have, on two separate occasions now, at two completely different gyms, been made fun of by high school kids and 20-year-olds for the whole sweaty crotch thing. I don’t know how to react or handle that kind of situation. I’m 35 (fit/in shape) and It’s embarrassing, but I can’t help it and I’m there to workout, not hangout with my crap talking friends and text.

    I don’t know what to do. Wearing black doesn’t help. Should I try pattern pants? Also, how do I handle these a-hole kids? Please help, I hate bullies!

  • disqus_uNOHmkdyFt

    You SHOULD NOT PUT BABY POWDER DOWN THERE. Unless you’re trying to get sued like Johnson and Johnson I suggest you take that out of this useless article that wasted the time of someone looking for actual solutions that get me out of black pants.

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