Have you ever found being angry or pissed off increases your workout abilities?

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    Nov 30, 2010 6:43 PM GMT
    For example a couple of weeks ago at the gym I was probably in a semi-bad mood to begin with going in and that was then exacerbated somewhat more by a few young fools being idiots and wasting the air in the place. I was clenching my teeth. Long story short as I was sitting preacher curls at the time it was noticeable how much extra I could do in that state of mind as I thought how nice it would be if I could take the bar and wrap it around their necks sort of thing.

    Along the same lines. Do you have any mind trick or similar you use which you find gives you that little extra push?
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    Nov 30, 2010 8:35 PM GMT
    Nicki Minaj. Her music makes me aggressive icon_twisted.gif.
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    Nov 30, 2010 9:28 PM GMT
    YES. I typically work out during lunch (probably at the apex of my frustration in a day) and get the best workout at this time. Also, return to work very relaxed with anger under control.
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    Nov 30, 2010 10:02 PM GMT
    Oh yeah! I make a point to lift or run whenever I'm pissed. I lift more, and when I'm done, I'm usually too tired to be pissed anymore.
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    Dec 16, 2010 9:19 AM GMT
    I can actually make myself pretty angry, as I don't really deal with much stress and am pretty happy go lucky. It helps that we have CNN blaring all over the tvs at my gym.
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    Dec 16, 2010 9:30 AM GMT
    I do.

    I would say there is something like 15 to 20% boost in intensity when you tap in your emotions.

    But it works only for strength work, if you are doing low weight long rep work, it won't help that much.

    If you are doing strength training, it really make a difference, and I actually coached athletes to reach that mindset in order to be more effective.

    Yet it take practice, because, even if it's easy to learn to become emotional at will for a moment, it's a lot more difficult to keep enough brain to avoid injuries.
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    Dec 16, 2010 9:34 AM GMT
    Actually, it's technically self induced adrenaline shot.
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    Dec 16, 2010 9:45 AM GMT
    It works, but I try not to make a habit of it. It usually works for me whenever I need an extra push from finishing a 45-minute run.

    Oh yeah, my Nicki Minaj playlist helps.

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    Dec 16, 2010 10:37 AM GMT
    Opposite for me. When I get angry I find my strength gets sapped and I can't get as much done. icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 16, 2010 10:46 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Usually just about any emotion is better than apathy when trying to maintain some sort of fitness goal.

    Sometimes I am really revved up and am simply excited. That feeling can fuel my workouts just as much.


    Same here. Any intense emotional state such as irritation, happiness, even horniness, I can use to channel into a better workout.

    With the cold weather and short days, though, I've been finding it harder to get motivated to workout.
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    Dec 16, 2010 10:59 AM GMT
    I've found that when I'm angry or stressed about something, working it out at the gym not only helps me feel better but I end up working out harder because of it. It's awesome. icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 16, 2010 7:45 PM GMT
    When I feel angry or stressed I actually don't want to work out. My mind is usually set on what I am angry or stressed about and I can't build the motivation in my mind to work out.
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    Dec 16, 2010 7:50 PM GMT
    I dont think it was a coincidence that the first time I benched 315, I happened to be pissed enough to snap someone's neck.
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    Dec 16, 2010 7:52 PM GMT
    Absolutely not. When I am pissed off, all I can think about is being pissed off and what pissed me off. Absolutely drains my energy and I don't feel like doing anything but be pissed off...

    My best workouts are when I am happy and feel really good about myself. I believe in myself and am proud of myself and do awesome in the gym
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    Dec 16, 2010 8:27 PM GMT
    KSUOWL saidAbsolutely not. When I am pissed off, all I can think about is being pissed off and what pissed me off. Absolutely drains my energy and I don't feel like doing anything but be pissed off...

    My best workouts are when I am happy and feel really good about myself. I believe in myself and am proud of myself and do awesome in the gym


    Yeah, I'm the same way! Positive energy ftw icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 16, 2010 8:30 PM GMT
    I usually think about people who dont believe in me or have wronged me when im 'tired' and how if i stop running im giving everyone license to keep thinking the things they have always thought about me. which i guess is a little crazy but thats what works for me.
    when im kickboxing or lifting i keep in the back of my head that the second i walk out the door someone is gonna be there to try and punch me in the face. that pushes me harder.
    but i agree with what other people said if im just straight angry about something i focus too much on that and it ends up frustrating me and im pretty much useless.
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    Dec 16, 2010 8:42 PM GMT
    beneful1 saidFor example a couple of weeks ago at the gym I was probably in a semi-bad mood to begin with going in and that was then exacerbated somewhat more by a few young fools being idiots and wasting the air in the place. I was clenching my teeth. Long story short as I was sitting preacher curls at the time it was noticeable how much extra I could do in that state of mind as I thought how nice it would be if I could take the bar and wrap it around their necks sort of thing.

    Along the same lines. Do you have any mind trick or similar you use which you find gives you that little extra push?


    Adrenaline (the "fight" hormone) helps with strength. That why things like ephy and coffee work so well.

    Clinching your teeth (use a mouth guard) can raise your lifts by as much as 20%. Researchers aren't quite sure why, but, that's the facts. It's been studied at several universities. If you're lifting heavy, you should use a mouth guard to avoid fracturing your teeth.

    Anything that helps with adrenaline (drug, or mind) will increase your ability. It's a very primal thing.
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    Jan 08, 2011 2:28 PM GMT
    Not so much for strength training but this is very true for my boxing sessions.

    The guy I box with always knows when I've had a bad day because I hit harder.
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    Jan 08, 2011 2:45 PM GMT
    It depends on how aggravated I am. If I'm extremely pissed off then yes....I find that I'm able to lift heavier and for longer in the gym, but this isn't necessarily a good thing. I've pushed myself too hard and ended up causing a slight injury. I'd rather work out while in a good mood.
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    Jan 08, 2011 6:22 PM GMT
    When I'm pissed off, I get really agressive in working out. It just takes my mind out of whatever or whomever. I usually do a lot of crunches when I'm pissed coz it effin hurts a lot lol

    But, when I'm sad, I can't even work out. So what I do is call my friends and force them to work out with me. Or if they can't, then I just talk to the trainers coz I'm pretty good friends with them.
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    Jan 08, 2011 6:41 PM GMT
    minox saidre doing low weight long rep work, it won't help that much.

    If you are doing strength training, it really make a difference, and I actually coached athletes to reach that mindset in order to be more effective.

    Yet it take practice, because, even if it's easy to learn to become emotional at will for a moment, it's a lot more difficult to keep enough brain to avoid injuries.


    Yup, you can take it too far
  • spero123

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    Jan 08, 2011 6:42 PM GMT
    Yip - i agree with that.

    Its amazing how much more you can do when you are pissed off.

    Its a wonderful stress release
  • mybud

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    Jan 08, 2011 6:57 PM GMT
    I think anger can be a good motivator...on my basement walls I write messages to myself...On the ceiling where my bench press sits I wrote..."do it pussy"...sometimes seeing that gets me to squeeze out a couple more reps...Also wrote the quote....Impossible is a small word thrown around by small people...stuff like that....BUD
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    Jan 08, 2011 7:13 PM GMT
    Yep, instead of bustin' a cap up someone's ass I just lift weights.
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    Jan 08, 2011 7:31 PM GMT
    The fact I just about never get angry or pissed at people I have to say no. But I do feel people do need to own their own anger and deal with it and seek help, Instead of hugging it and embracing it. In all the years I have gone to gym, I don't recall ever getting really angry about anything