Feeling like a wet noodle

  • NerdLifter

    Posts: 1509

    Oct 16, 2010 11:24 PM GMT
    Scenario: You make it a very high priority to set side aside in your day to get a weight lifting session in. It's finally time to go to the gym; you arrive, and when you get to the weights: you feel wiped out, tired, and unable to move anything. You aren't exactly sleepy; your body seemingly betrays you and really does not want to push any weight that day.

    The above used to happen to me every now and then, but lately it's been happening more and more frequently.

    I lift 3-4 times a week. When I arrive, either two things happen: I rip through those weights, get pumped, and really feel it the next day (in a good way), or I start lifting weight and really try to get into it but just feel weak and tired.

    I end up leaving the gym frustrated and disappointed: another gym day wasted. I bring it up since as I said before, it has been happening with increasing frequency.

    Thoughts, ideas, suggestions?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Oct 16, 2010 11:34 PM GMT
    Are you leaving enough time between working the same muscle(s) to allow it to recover? I do a three-day cycle. Upper body one day, Lower body the next, and cardio the third.

    Are you eating well enough to give the body the nutrients it needs to repair and grow? Exercise is the stimulus to grow, but nutrition provides the building blocks.

    Do you get enough sleep? The 3 components to health are exercise, nutrition, and rest.


    Here's an easy recipe that I like to make:

    Tomato soup with chicken and veggies

    • nuke chicken breast, then cut into bite-size pieces

    • steam chopped broccoli, cauliflower, onions, and celery (3-4 minutes)

    • nuke tomato soup

    • mix them all together
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Oct 16, 2010 11:42 PM GMT
    Sounds like a classic case of burn-out. Take a week off, let your body rest, and start back with a different routine.
    Sometimes that helps, sometimes not, but it's worth a try.
  • NerdLifter

    Posts: 1509

    Oct 17, 2010 12:02 AM GMT
    Caslon16000 saidAre you leaving enough time between working the same muscle(s) to allow it to recover? I do a three-day cycle. Upper body one day, Lower body the next, and cardio the third.

    Are you eating well enough to give the body the nutrients it needs to repair and grow? Exercise is the stimulus to grow, but nutrition provides the building blocks.

    Do you get enough sleep? The 3 components to health are exercise, nutrition, and rest.


    I've been trying to pinpoint if it could be one of those. I always make sure I do not work the same muscle groups on the next workout day. Here is an example week: I do chest shoulders one day, rest day, legs and lower back day, rest day x2, arms day, rest day.

    I try to get at least 8+ hours of sleep in per day. And I make sure to eat lean but nutritious meals every 2 hours. I keep my weight lifting short and sweet, about 45 min to 1 hour 30 min tops, depending on the type of workout I'm doing that day and how busy the gym is.

    It could just be what Paul is referring to: classic burnout.
  • Tiran

    Posts: 227

    Oct 18, 2010 12:24 AM GMT
    Usually when I feel like that it is because I didn't get enough sleep the night before, or the last few nights. But I go at 6am, so I really notice it if i didn't get enough sleep.