Anyone who trains with me, or has ever seen me train knows that I am the king of perspiration. I sweat so much that I soak the floor and have to wipe it down to prevent slipping. My clothing gets drenched to the point I can literally ring it and fill up a cup with sweat. I sweat a lot.
When I was a teenager, I used to sweat extremely heavily from my armpits. I mean, I didn’t have to be doing anything, simply sitting around and my pits were soaked. This was very unsightly, and it caused me a lot of grief my first year in high school. I went to a doctor and he said I had hyperhidrosis. This basically means you sweat a lot.
I had never really thought about it before, but perhaps the reason I sweat so much when I train is because of the fact that they gave me a product to deal with my underarm sweat. The product was called drysol, and it was a chemical that basically stopped my underarm sweat glands from sweating. I’m not sure how it worked, but I think it may have burned them chemically. I don’t remember any major pain, but a general discomfort and irritation when I used it. Sort of like a rash or a light sunburn.
Whatever it was, this damn thing worked like a charm. It doesn’t matter how soaked I get in training, my underarm area is always dry! Eventually, when I get really soaked, the sweat will drip down and soak that area too. But generally, it stays dry no matter how much I’m sweating. I figure that the body has to regulate temperature, and if I’m supposed to sweat 10 ounces to achieve that, but my underarms don’t sweat, it still has to come out somewhere. Perhaps that’s why I’m such a heavy sweater? Maybe I would have sweat this much regardless, but I guess I’ll never know.
Growing Up Bronx
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