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Warrior Etiquette: 5 Ways to Reduce Body Odour During Training

by Reema Hannaford 14 Dec 2020 0 Comments

There are few things that can make as negative impression as B.O.

Body odour can be especially triggering to others during physical exercise, so if you notice you’re catching a whiff of a little extra stank wafting off you during training, you may want to adjust your habits.

Now to be clear, we’re not talking about how much you sweat, or whether your sweat has a faint scent. We’re talking about the smell of sweat combined with any of the following offending scents:

  • moldy cheese
  • stale sweat
  • unwashed nether-regions
  • pungent food and spices

Working out in close quarters with someone who stinks can ruin your workout. But how does body odour form? Why do some people suffer from B.O. more than others?

The good news is there are many known causes and getting rid of body odour is not too difficult (barring underlying medical conditions).

According to Medical News Today, sweat itself is virtually odorless to humans. It is the rapid multiplication of bacteria in the presence of sweat and their breaking down of sweat into acids that eventually causes the unpleasant smell.

The actual smell of your unique odour can be influenced by diet, gender, health and medication. You don’t have to be the guy or gal in the gym/studio everyone is avoiding because of unpleasant odours.

We have some tips for those dealing with a little extra funk during training:

  1. Wash your clothes regularly. Simple, but often overlooked. Leaving old stale sweat on the clothes you wear regularly increases your risk of smelling unpleasant to others.
    Make a point of washing your gym clothes at least every other time you wear them. If you find you have a stronger body odour, you may need to wash them more frequently.

  2. Wash your body more. It goes without saying, but sometimes it needs to be said. Bathing – at least once a day is one of the most effective ways to substantially alleviate offensive body odour. Nothing is arguably worse than someone who shows up flexing a stink before they’ve even begun sweating. Use anti-bacterial soap when you bathe and take a quick shower before you hit the gym if you need to.
    If your gym has showers available, make sure you rinse yourself off after your session. If there are no showers available on-site, take a shower as soon as you get home. Letting sweat accumulate gives bacteria more to work with, which allows them to multiply on your skin and emit a more profound stench.
    Areas to focus on: armpits, anus, groin and genitals, behind the ears, and navel.

  3. Wear breathable clothing. If you trap sweat under just any old material, you’re creating an ideal environment for smelly bacteria to proliferate. Look for clothing and apparel made from natural fibers which allow your skin to breathe easier – cotton tees like this are your best bet if you’re dealing with body odour.

  4. Reduce spicy and pungent food in your diet. If you’re a fan of garlic like we are, you’re going to have to consider reducing how much of it you’re consuming. Other foods that can lend to body odour include curry, intense spice, and even red meat to a lesser degree.

  5. Use deodorant. We aren’t advocating use of unnatural deodorant sticks or sprays, but there are plenty of natural deodorants that can help keep things smelling fresh under your armpits in between your daily showers. We like this one for that purpose.
    Are the non-natural options are more your jam? Go nuts. Given the conflicting studies on the effects they have on our systems, we try to avoid recommending them.

If you find that these measures aren’t working, or your body odour is severe, consult your family doctor to discuss any medical treatment you may need.


We have no affiliation with any entity referenced in this post. This post is not sponsored in any way.
This post is not meant to be, and should not be considered medical advice.


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