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Has a Workout Ever Moved You to Tears?

Exercise can do more than just benefit the body; it can also offer an emotional release as well as provide much-needed self time. A contestant on The Biggest Loser cries every time she sprints on the treadmill. I have had Pilates clients ball their eyes out as they rediscover their long lost deep abs post C-Section, or out of frustration over their pain. I'd be lying if I said I have never been moved to tears in a workout; some of the tears have been for the joy of movement and some have provided a much-needed release.

I am curious: has this ever happened to you?


JustBekky JustBekky 8 years
BAWL, not BALL!!!! Ugh.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 8 years
I definitely cried when I crossed the finish line of my first half marathon and fully expect to do the same when I cross the finish line of my first full marathon in two weeks. On my last long run, I started crying the last mile and a half back to my car - I'd pulled my IT band, but instead of crying about the pain, I was crying because I was worried how it would impact my training!
marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
I haven't...maybe I don't exercise enough!
TammyO TammyO 8 years
Never. I can't really cry in front of stangers and I work out at the gym. Plus I'm sure if I started up I would never be able to stop and everyone there would wonder what this crazy woman is doing bawling at their gym.
PurpleFairy3 PurpleFairy3 8 years
It seems like using exercise to get your emotions out is a little extreme. I am more likely to cry on a stress-releasing phone call with my bff and a three layer chocolate cake.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
no :D this is funny really. but i guess people are different. i don't cry as a rule, only when i watch a sad movie.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Nope, and I'm kind of emotional generally.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Yes, I've become teary during dancing. If I find a certain piece of music particularly moving, and dancing to it, and becoming empathic with it -- yes, I've been moved to tears.
heartbreakerx62x heartbreakerx62x 8 years
#1: ilanac13, you need to learn how to form an opinion, #2, yes, because once you have pushed yourself hard enough, it is inevitable.
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 8 years
aaahhhh sure....sometimes it bust my emotions...idk y...well yes i do NVM
kia kia 8 years
I have on long runs before, nothing freaky, rather therapeutic. And once in a yoga class. I hit a pose, relaxed in it, my pelvic girdle readjusted and kind of made a noise, and next thing I knew I was crying but it wasn't in pain.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
Never, nor do I think I ever would. However, there was one Pilates class that was so grueling that when the teacher said, "For our last move" I was so happy I thought about crying! ha ha But really, exercise makes me feel better, not worse.
jessie jessie 8 years
no...but i've wanted to
esmerb esmerb 8 years
the only time i've ever cried was on the elliptical machine and i had just finished reading this amazing book. i kept worrying ppl would notice, but it just looked like i was wiping sweat from my eyes.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't usually cry during workouts...I dunno, I'm just not that emotional when it comes to stuff like that. I've been in some serious physical pain during exercise, but I have a high tolerance for pain, so it doesn't usually make me cry.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
i've cried after running but usually because of a) happiness that it's over and that i did so much without stopping and b) because i was in pain
Westopher Westopher 8 years
OMG time when a trainer I was working with tried to get me to do boxing. I was totally uncomfortable and felt like a big 'ol prissy pansy (he kept telling me to "hit harder" and "get into it") and I was like, I'm so not into this we have to stop. When he went back to put the gloves away, I burst into tears. I pulled it together by the time he got back though, so I thought he would never know. Turns out he read about it on my blog later that week! He apologized but it really wasn't his fault, he didn't insult me or anything, I was just frustrated to the point of tears. It happens!
aeschere aeschere 8 years
after a boxing training session i cried. my boyfriend is my trainer, and he is extremely good at it... he's really big on digging deep within yourself to keep going when your body wants to quit. mind over body sort of thing. it was one of my first training sessions with him and the second he said we were done, i crumpled into a pile on the floor, completely weak and shaking.. amazed at what i had been able to do and just feeling the weakness (and strength) of my body. i don't know why but i sat there and cried! felt good though.
bluestar bluestar 8 years
I cried after my first marathon. I've also cried running outdoors. I try not to do it at the gym though. ha ha
SillyGirl SillyGirl 8 years
Cried on the elliptical this morning - BUT it was only a tear or two and was because i was watching a really climactic movie :) I also have cried once or twice out on a run but for emotional reasons. When I was told my grandmother died for example, the first thing I did was strap on my running shoes and hit the trails and just let the tears explode - when the run was over I was able to gain some composure cause both the run and cry were such a great release.
wiggle wiggle 8 years
When I started taking yoga again after having my first kid, at the end of class I would find tears in my eyes. I was so filled with joy. Happy to have a baby and a body that moved. It was weird. I am not really much of crier.
dewyn dewyn 8 years
I'll admit I cried a couple of times during workout because I loathe it..
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I cried the first time I ran a mile without stopping. As UrbanBohemian said, I've also found that exercise can help me release emotion about other things I've been bottling up.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
I've cried at the end of a couple marathons.
Widgit Widgit 8 years
I cried at the end of a three-day certification training in group fitness for yoga and pilates. We had been exercising non-stop all weekend. During the final rest period I suddenly felt tears.
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