T-shirt = More Sweat

Today I had plans to take a 30-minute strength class at the gym. I began my workout with 20 minutes on the elliptical and planned to do about five minutes of various strength training exercises concentrating on my legs before the class.

I ended up feeling “in the zone” as I started my leg workout and decided to skip the class and instead completed this leg workout:

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It feels like it has been a while since I’ve completed a quality leg workout since I was taking it easy on my legs after my half marathons, so it was nice to feel the burn in my hamstrings and quads again.

I also couldn’t help but notice how much sweatier I was after this workout because I was wearing a t-shirt instead of a tank top. I can work out in yoga pants or capris without overheating but the minute I start working out in a t-shirt, I feel much more restricted and immediately wish I was wearing a tank top. Apparently my armpits and shoulders need to breathe.

My face is also by far the sweatiest part of my body when I workout, so maybe I just need to keep things cooler up top? Do any of you notice something similar? Ryan is actually the opposite and said if he wears warm up pants to the gym, he sweats like a beast, while wearing a t-shirt doesn’t bother him in the least. 

Funky bodies.


After the gym and a quick shower, it was breakfast time!

I made scrambled eggs by combining three eggs, shredded cheese and almond milk in a bowl before cooking them up on the stove top.

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The almond milk definitely changed the texture of the eggs. I was worried they wouldn’t set, but eventually they did and came out fluffy and delicious, though a bit runnier than usual.

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Served with toast, of course! 

Question of the Morning

  • Do certain types of workout clothes cause you to get overheated more easily than others?


  1. Alicia says

    I can workout in tshirts cause I played vb all my life and thats what we practiced in but I can’t workout in sweat pants like Ryan said. My pants or capris have to be tight. Ps I just tried the jam and cheese combo this morning (finally found a good gluten free english muffin) and WOW I was really missing out!


  2. says

    It doesn’t matter what I wear, I’m a sweaty beast. SO…wearing black is usually the best thing for me so at least I can hide it a little bit.

    And I sweat the most from my head. MY GOD, it’s ridiculous. So it all drips down from there. Maybe I need some type of “root” cooler for my hair to keep me from sweating as much. That’s it! A fan for cools you from the roots. If I see this taking off on your blog, I’m coming back for royalties, missy.


  3. says

    I have to wear a t-shirt and shorts when I work out. Sometimes I’ll wear knee socks, but I just can’t wear leggings unless it’s REALLY cold otherwise I totally overheat.

    For some reason shorts and knee socks are cooler than leggings. I guess my knees get hot? Lol, I don’t know. Although I’m definitely a face sweater too. I always have to be sure to bring a towel with me to the gym.


  4. Meg says

    I get hot no matter what I wear (and as soon as i start to overheat I just want to stop working! Which is terrible if it happens in a race!) While my bf is always cold! So I try to gauge what I’m going to wear working out by wearing one less layer than he is!


  5. laurel says

    Ryan is actually the opposite and said if he wears warm up pants to the gym, he sweats like a beast, while wearing a t-shirt doesn’t bother him in the least.

    Is this a Dr. Seuss rhyme? 🙂


  6. says

    If I wear a tshirt, I miiiiight sweat JUST a little bit more, but I’m just really sweaty in general! No matter what workout I do, I sweat buckets, and my under “armour tanks” are the BEST for that! Highly recommended…:) T-shirts appear to be more wet because they’re not wick-away, and they have more surface; hence, it’s easier to see that it’s drenched.


  7. Annie says

    yep, same here. Today I wore a tshirt for a “relaxed” class of legs, bums and tums but was covered in sweat by the end of it! Never happens with a tank top!


  8. Katie G says

    I’m not a super sweaty person so when I work out, I’m not usually dripping (unless of course I go to hot yoga!). but I’m definately the same as you. I can wear shorts, or leggings, or usually any bottoms and be fine but when my shirt is heavier I sweat a lot more!


  9. says

    Amen! Cotton in general just doesn’t allow me to breathe so unless it’s a super loose t-shirt then it’s a no-go and at the gym a no-go for sure because that is just embarassing. Great question!


  10. says

    I hardly ever wear a t-shirt, I will always go for a tank top with a zip up so that I can take off the zippy off! My face always goes bright red and sweaty, not attractive! I did a big leg workout yesterday and really struggled in yoga today- and walking generally!


  11. Erika says

    Hi Julie! I just found your blog and I love it! I had to respond to your post because last night when I went to the gym, I wore a pair of ankle length workout pants that I hadn’t worn in a year and I had a terrible workout! I felt so uncomfortable. I do best in my black cotton capris (with pockets for my Ipod) and a lightweight tshirt. I don’t feel comfortable just wearing a tank top. My face gets sweaty too!


  12. Michelle says

    Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a couple months but never stopped by to say hi… so hi!

    I experience the same thing as you! When I’m running (especially on a treadmill), I get so much sweatier and feel almost overheated if I’m wearing a t-shirt as opposed to a tank or just a sports bra.


  13. says

    I definitely feel sweatier and weighted down when I work out in a t-shirt. I feel like I sweat profusely, then my t-shirt sticks to me, and I can’t move as well. But I also seem to be fine with longer bottoms, although until you asked, I never really thought about if long bottoms had the same effect as a t-shirt. Hmmm, the human body is a fascinating thing. Great question!


  14. says

    Did this leg workout on Thursday- added in a few more exercises (like for calves & more hamstring..and that awkward inner thigh/ outer thigh machine 🙂 )- LOVED this workout! & feeling it still today! Definitely saving it!!


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