Fitness
Moderators: melkor


Why do guys grunt while lifting?


Quote  |  Reply

I've been going to a female gym for a while, but the past week I decided to be brave and go to the co-ed gym. It didn't bother me that I was one of two females in the weight room, but what did bother me was all the GRUNTING! 

I don't think men work any harder than I do. yeah they lift more because they're a lot stronger, but I struggle just as much as they do when it comes to lifting. Why do they grunt? Seriously, I don't get it?! Isn't exhaling while you exert the most efficient thing to do?

Enlighten me, please :)

32 Replies (last)

For the same reason that Maria Sharapova grunts when she hits the ickle yellow ball.

Makes us stronger.

It's funny I used to think the same, I used to think it was a load of macho nonsense!

I'm currently on a 3x5 program with lots of deep squats and heavy deadlifting.  Now I'm beginning to realise why people grunt.  I'm at a stage now where the weights are bending the olympic bar and you feel like you're trying to move an unmovable object.  Sometimes through effort you can't help but grunt, especially when getting out of the hole when squatting. 

I don't think it's for me to judge the efforts of another lifter as I assume everyone is lifting a weight which is relatively heavy for their strength level, but sometimes I do wonder why some guys will scream the place down with excessive grunting while lifting peanuts.

 

 

i worked in a gym for over 2 years. i've heard it all. grunts, groans, hisses, screams, people belting out diana ross while dancing on the tredmill. it's not always guys either. just people being people w/ all the weird little quirks they've developed. lol

it's just free entertainment in my book.

Original Post by lune_ash:

i worked in a gym for over 2 years. i've heard it all. grunts, groans, hisses, screams, people belting out diana ross while dancing on the tredmill. it's not always guys either. just people being people w/ all the weird little quirks they've developed. lol

it's just free entertainment in my book.

haha yes :)

It is a documented phenomenon that exhaling during the load portion of an exercise will tighten your core muscles which stabilizes you/makes you more rigid.  And anyone who remembers first year physics will recall that a more rigid arms means less effort to move the load (yay levers!).

Edit: This is also why boxers and the like breath out just before being hit.

Original Post by lune_ash:

i worked in a gym for over 2 years. i've heard it all. grunts, groans, hisses, screams, people belting out diana ross while dancing on the tredmill. it's not always guys either. just people being people w/ all the weird little quirks they've developed. lol

it's just free entertainment in my book.

Haha. So true! There is a woman that is still a member at my gym that sounds as if she is having an orgasm with each lift. LITERALLY. Each lift, her voice gets higher and she..honest to God...yells out ..''Yes! Yeeeeessss! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! or uh...uhhhhh.....UHHH...UHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHH''. EVERY. SINGLE TIME. 

The fact that she is a nice looking woman doesn't hurt when it comes to my staff - partic. the male trainers - being excited everytime she walks in the gym doors. Unfortunately, I've had a few people complain about her recently [after living vicariously through her gym O's for 2 years now] and will have to have a talk with her. I don't think she even realizes she does it.

Original Post by nanuq905:

It is a documented phenomenon that exhaling during the load portion of an exercise will tighten your core muscles which stabilizes you/makes you more rigid. 

 Holding a breath in makes your core more stable, not breathing out.

And just think about all those karate-kick boxer-kicka** fighters in movies who have to grunt just before they single-handledly beat the crapola out of 13 vicious villains.  If those heroes didn't grunt like 747's taking off, do you really think they could win any brawl?

Grunting is a mind-force much like the force in the Star-War saga.  May the grunt be with you, even if as with the weight-lifter in the gym or Sharapova, the grunts are as annoying as h* * * and make you wish you had ear plugs or turned the TV down.

I would think the same thing when I went to the gym. Even if I felt an uncontrollable urge to make even the slightest sound I would try my damndest not to because I didn't want any attention drawn to me. There was one particular group of 2-3 men that just irked the **** out of me every morning I was there. They were constantly grunting and it was about 5AM so it was pretty much me and them in the weight room. It put me in a bad mood.

...then I started lifting at home, by myself in the basement and have caught myself doing it! AHH! oh well, no one else can hear it.

Original Post by floggingsully:

 Holding a breath in makes your core more stable, not breathing out.

No it doesn't.  Give it a try.  When you hold in a breath, your muscles are being held in place by the pressure inside your lungs.  When you exhale, you have to actively contract your muscles.

Take a breath and then push it out as quickly as possible.

melindastil:  I got a really good chuckle out of your post.  Because I somtimes find myself doing that same thing sometimes in my basement when I hit the heavy bag or even doing some crunchers.  My wife occasionally hears me grunting and hopes it isn't some constipation problem.  LOL

Original Post by nanuq905:

It is a documented phenomenon that exhaling during the load portion of an exercise will tighten your core muscles which stabilizes you/makes you more rigid.  And anyone who remembers first year physics will recall that a more rigid arms means less effort to move the load (yay levers!).

Edit: This is also why boxers and the like breath out just before being hit.

That actually  makes a lot of sense.

Original Post by fitnessgirll:

...

Haha. So true! There is a woman that is still a member at my gym that sounds as if she is having an orgasm with each lift. LITERALLY. Each lift, her voice gets higher and she..honest to God...yells out ..''Yes! Yeeeeessss! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! or uh...uhhhhh.....UHHH...UHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHH''. EVERY. SINGLE TIME. 

The fact that she is a nice looking woman doesn't hurt when it comes to my staff - partic. the male trainers - being excited everytime she walks in the gym doors. Unfortunately, I've had a few people complain about her recently [after living vicariously through her gym O's for 2 years now] and will have to have a talk with her. I don't think she even realizes she does it.

Teehee, this is totally me at home.  DH really likes it.  When I am in the gym, I tend to hold back a bit...but I probably still grunt more than the average woman. I find it helps me go just a little bit further than I would normally.  Sometimes it's uncontrolable.  I am focusing so hard on keeping good form that I don't realize how noisy I am getting. Some days I decide to work out at home just so I can feel free to grunt and groan as much as I want.

OP, you should try it sometime.  For whatever reason, it makes lifting much more erotic fun ;) 

The gym I go to bans grunting. WTF, I can't picture some UFC fighter dude getting kicked out for grunting after lifting 300 pounds.

Original Post by nanuq905:

No it doesn't.  Give it a try.  When you hold in a breath, your muscles are being held in place by the pressure inside your lungs.  When you exhale, you have to actively contract your muscles.

From Starting Strength "when you inhale, pressure increases in your thoracic cavity.  When you hold your breath and tighten your trunk muscles, this pressure increases more.  Since your thoracic and abdominal cavities are separated by only your diaphragm, abdominal pressure increase too.  This, pressure in your abdominal and thoracic cavities is being applied to the anterior side of your spine, from the front to the back.  The spinal vertebrae are being held in the correct anatomical position by your back musculature, and this correct position is reinforced by static pressure transmitted to the belly side of the spine across the hydrostatic column of the gut, the essentially non-compressible contents of the abdominal cavity.  As pressure in the thoracic cavity increases with a big held breath, and this pressure is increased by the tightening of the abs and obliques, more anterior support develops for the spine."

Original Post by floggingsully:

Original Post by nanuq905:

No it doesn't.  Give it a try.  When you hold in a breath, your muscles are being held in place by the pressure inside your lungs.  When you exhale, you have to actively contract your muscles.

From Starting Strength "when you inhale, pressure increases in your thoracic cavity.  When you hold your breath and tighten your trunk muscles, this pressure increases more.  Since your thoracic and abdominal cavities are separated by only your diaphragm, abdominal pressure increase too.  This, pressure in your abdominal and thoracic cavities is being applied to the anterior side of your spine, from the front to the back.  The spinal vertebrae are being held in the correct anatomical position by your back musculature, and this correct position is reinforced by static pressure transmitted to the belly side of the spine across the hydrostatic column of the gut, the essentially non-compressible contents of the abdominal cavity.  As pressure in the thoracic cavity increases with a big held breath, and this pressure is increased by the tightening of the abs and obliques, more anterior support develops for the spine."

Interesting, a book and study says one thing and some people's experience differs. I'd rather not hold my breath while lifting. I like my brain cells.

Either way, both of you are saying the core tightens, which is good.

They grunt to keep from pooping in their pants.  The energy has to come out somewhere.

I'm finding myself being a bit more noisy in the gym as I lift heavier.  Also sweat buckets. 

 

I whimper. But I workout at home.

Although occasionally I do feel the need to sound my barbaric yawp.

32 Replies (last)
Advertisement
Advertisement