Fact: In reality, it depends on the focus of your workout, explains Allen. “An Olympic lifter training for pure strength will incorporate several minutes of recovery between lifts in order to let his nervous system recover for peak performance.” He may not be sweating, but he sure as hell is working hard. Before your start fretting about your sweating, zero in on whether endurance or strength is the focus of your training.
You're a well-informed workout buff, so when science suggests one of your trusty training principles is ineffective, your head spins. But don’t worry—we’ve cleared up seven of the top fitness myths circulating the sweaty air of your local gym.
Myth 6: If you’re not sweating, you’re not working hard
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