Gym Rage?

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    Aug 17, 2010 2:35 AM GMT
    Hey guys for the past 1.5 months i've been training intensely and eating consistently like never before, my only supplement has been a protein shake nothing else and I've been making steady gains.

    but ever since a month ago I've been noticing not only am I getting elevated mood highs where I'm a lot happier, more outgoing and even brave/cocky these days but I also feel a lot more aggressive especially on my rest days. Is this common? I sometimes have bursts of immense agression. I thought such a thing would only be related to steroids but I dont really take anything else

    any insights would help, including tips to calm my aggression.
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    Aug 17, 2010 6:51 AM GMT
    How many rest days are you getting, and how intense are your on days?
    Rage/aggression can be a symptom of overtraining and/or sleep deprivation.
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    Aug 17, 2010 7:12 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidHow many rest days are you getting, and how intense are your on days?
    Rage/aggression can be a symptom of overtraining and/or sleep deprivation.


    hmmm good point I'll give more priority to sleep from now on. My workout have been way more intense in the recent weeks, I usually sweat bucket loads when i work out even though im not much of a sweating type of person but that goes to say i really put a 110% into my workouts.


    any other suggestions/ insights welcome
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    Aug 17, 2010 7:39 AM GMT
    PrinceOfArya saidhmmm good point I'll give more priority to sleep from now on. My workout have been way more intense in the recent weeks, ...
    If you know your schedule doesn't allow for much sleep, it may be a better option to take an extra day off while you're training harder.
    Experimenting with different things is the best way to find out.
    Another thing to think about is whether or not you've ever felt this type of aggression before. If not, it's almost certainly overtraining. If you have, it could be something else, or a combination of the two.
    For example, I have mild recurring depression. If I'm overtraining, I get pissed at the world, and have to stay offline and away from people for a day or so. Then I take the next week off from working out to let my body catch up.
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    Aug 17, 2010 10:37 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    PrinceOfArya saidhmmm good point I'll give more priority to sleep from now on. My workout have been way more intense in the recent weeks, ...
    If you know your schedule doesn't allow for much sleep, it may be a better option to take an extra day off while you're training harder.
    Experimenting with different things is the best way to find out.
    Another thing to think about is whether or not you've ever felt this type of aggression before. If not, it's almost certainly overtraining. If you have, it could be something else, or a combination of the two.
    For example, I have mild recurring depression. If I'm overtraining, I get pissed at the world, and have to stay offline and away from people for a day or so. Then I take the next week off from working out to let my body catch up.


    K ive factored out sleep and overtraining.. the more i dont go to gym the more testy i get.. I think I'm suspecting a huge surge of hormones like testosterones.

    From bodybuilding.com's forums they said It's likely that training shifts our minds and hormones quite a bit

    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?p=534667973
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    Aug 18, 2010 1:46 AM GMT
    GET OFF THE JUICE!

    (lol joking, unless you are on the juice then that is probably why you are raging?)
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    Aug 18, 2010 1:55 AM GMT
    do you know if the protein supplement you're taking is at all soy-based? apparently soy has pseudo-estrogens in small amounts, but if you're doing a lot of it, it can cause (ironically) elevated levels of aggression. something i've experienced first hand in the past.

    some guys also have seasonal hormone changes (in much the same way that women have monthly hormone swings). has this happened in the past? i avoid anything with soy in it from about august through october because i get elevated hormone levels in the fall... i start getting aggressive, picking fights. trying to hump everything that crosses my path.

    if you're living with women, your body can also be tricked into sympathetic hormone cycles as well. (it's why women who live together start to get their periods at the same time... it's a weird evolutionary adaptation i won't go into here, but it's seen elsewhere in the mammalian order.) do you live with women? do they have monthly or seasonal mood swings?
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    Aug 18, 2010 1:56 AM GMT
    yes, definitely take a full day off once a week.

    Also, could be your testosterone levels hitting new levels. Not that testosterone, per say, makes one angry, but the hormone swings could do it easily.