In the Olympics, some of the gymnastics competitions are partially judged on facial expressions. The athletes are doing all these amazing feats of strength and flexibility but they have to maintain a pleasant and relaxed expression.
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3,510 2/14/13 7:55 A
Heh. I am usually scowling during a tough workout. Sometimes, to challenge myself in a different way, I force myself to smile during a workout. It helps me associate exercise with feelings of happiness.
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147 2/14/13 12:44 A
oh I definitely make faces but more so when I'm doing certain exercises - squats at the smith machine with a challenging weight I certainly make faces like I'm in pain but the funny one for me is when I'm doing alternating dumbell raises I have a lip twitch that almost looks like I'm doing an Elvis upper lip lift - I keep catching it and end up making another weird face to prevent that one!!
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9,691 2/14/13 12:07 A
Lord yes. I see myself in the mirror all the time. I used to make cracks with my trainer about the faces he probably saw.
I look like a strangled monkey. I don't care... I'm there to WORK!
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
This bugged me about a couple of ladies I had when learning to be PT. They would each swear to me "I really couldn't do another one" but they were not making gym-faces. I really couldn't get them to try a heavier weight than they had, but they never looked like they strained.
Deb, in New Zealand
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2/13/13 11:02 P
I call it "pain face". If you are working at the proper intensity, you shouldn't be looking smiling and pleasant through the last few reps.
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2/13/13 9:05 P
I work at a gym. I see lots of faces!
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905 2/13/13 9:03 P
Do you make them when you're working hard at the gym? I work out at Curves and frankly I don't see alot of the members pushing themselves very hard, but I do, so I don't have much to compare to. I have to wonder if other people make squinty, concentrating faces when pushing hard through a workout. I often get really red and sweaty when I'm doing a challenging cardio work-out like a Zumba class or running on the treadmill too. I often wonder if others look as goofy as I do at the gym.
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