I personally know a basketball player who sweats profusely when he works out. He has an unusually high body temperature and his sweat glands do not work as efficiently as those of the average person. In addition, this athlete needs to drink quite a bit of water in order for him to properly hydrate himself during workouts. However, I have also been told that there are other athletes who never seem to sweat much no matter how hard they work out. Are these people simply more efficient at evaporating excess fluid from their bodies?
-Brent M., Port Orange, FL
ANSWER: Sweat is actually scanty or small amounts of salty liquid secreted by the sebaceous glands located on the skin surface just under your pores (see illustration). Your body’s natural cooling mechanism keeps you cool by perspiring through your pores periodically throughout the day—even when it’s cold outside! The evaporation process creates heat energy that helps keep your core warm during exercise or other strenuous activity. When you first begin training with weights, though, excessive sweating can be very uncomfortable because it may create a “sweatband” around your neck and chest area where this excess salt enters into direct contact with sensitive skin tissues—causing discomfort and chafing inside clothing or even causing rashes if exposed to sunlight (examine chapter 4 for more info on sweaty shoulders/shoulders). If this happens to you then try wearing long sleeved