Why does pulling a funny, twisted, contorted face help us when we work out? Does it help by sharing tension or focusing exertion, or is it just us conveying pain and stress?
I think face pulling helps me work out. I don’t intentionally pull faces, but last night at body pump I made a conscious effort to NOT PULL A FACE, as I was right at the front. I normally love being right at the front, but at my local gym it would appear that they have introduced a new system where the instructor has a ‘buddy’ who sits on the stage for the WHOLE class and does absolutely nothing, except from change the music tracks between workouts. The rest of the time is spent looking at us all huffing, puffing and struggling away! This was W-E-I-R-D. I’m fairly sure he didn’t spend the whole class looking at me, but it sure did feel like it.
I particularly struggled doing the Lunge track, there is no way I can last the distance without outwardly conveying the pain in my muscles. Despite my best efforts to remain ‘composed’ … I had to do it. I had to get my exercise face out!
Do you have an exercise face?
I don’t think I do when I’m running or doing other cardio work like Body Attack. My face during these times probably just looks like someone who is breathing hard. When weight training (doing pump) I exhale during the exertion phase and inhale during the release, but the release is still controlled and therefore still ‘active’…. so I’m not sure when exactly during my workouts I look my best. Or worst.
Ooft! I think from now on I’ll choose a spot nearer the back.