When it comes to sports culture, everyone has their own training routines, companions and quirks. But we are all united in a debate: is it okay to fool in the gym?
It does not matter if you sit in a downhill dog or squat – you will probably feel the wind break sometime. Farting workouts are a very real thing, but do you really want to be the guy who rips you apart in a confined space surrounded by strangers? Is it rude or is it an accepted occupational hazard?
We have decided to solve the argument by launching an investigation into whether it is socially acceptable to let go during exercise.
Let's first of all make one thing clear: fitness-induced flatulence is common.
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There are several reasons why we get gas during physical exertion. First, the strong breathing causes excess air to be trapped in our digestive tract, which is released by the anus Women's Health . All these movements also stimulate the digestive process, which also contributes to the gas.
We've asked Men's Health social media followers (as well as some of our own employees) for their own stories and were rewarded with numerous anecdotes.
"I once cleared a weight room for gas," a Twitter user told us. "Lactose intolerance + dairy = terrible time in the weight room for everyone else the next day."
When I talked about fitness fuzz on Slack, Hearst Entertainment director Nojan Aminosharei had something to say.
"I'll stop lurking for a second to say the leg press is totally two different simultaneous exercises," he wrote. 2. The leg press 2. I keep my farts.
Another Twitter user said he had not just farted in the gym – he had done something more embarrassing.
"One day I went for a routine occupation, nothing heavy, just 135 pounds and I felt a little nervous," he wrote. "I thought I would have it ripped off when I squatted, but a shart exploded in my pants, no one noticed, but my training was over."
So should you fart in the gym?
Of course, I assume that most people follow the unspoken rule: "Do not fart in public." It was a shock when Dr. John Whyte WebMD's Chief Medical Officer told me he thinks it's okay to accelerate while training.
"It's a gym, so we should agree," he said.
Men's Health Deputy digital editor Jordyn Taylor was also somewhat forgiving.
"Of course you should try to avoid farting when you're in a closed public space like the gym, but sometimes they come out accidentally, like with abdominal exercises and yoga," she said in our slack talk.
According to our Instagram survey, 51 percent of respondents said they did.
"For farts happen, I'm cool with a silent nibbler, but people who commit to a full air horn – that's not cool," commented a user.
Another person claimed that local gas does not discriminate.
"Farts do not recognize the place … they should be released," they said.
There is even a scientific reason for this. You probably want to release this fart.
To be honest, I think the gym would be a better (and less stinking) place if we all tried to hold our gas. Whyte, however, made a medical case for those who cared for a relief in public.
Staying in this air means contracting your muscles, and doing so while exercising other muscle groups is unnatural to your body. Running both at the same time can cause injury and abnormal blood pressure.
"When you train other muscle groups, you do not want to contract and compress," says Whyte.
But should not we worry about innocent nostrils getting hurt? Why Whyte finds no compelling reason to endure the complaints of repressed farts.
"I think people are too sensitive," he says. "It's a gym, it's okay, I say, assume it."