Getting Tired/Hunger mid workout....

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    Jun 16, 2008 11:22 PM GMT
    I notice that during my workout especially if I go from workout to cardio I get tired and hungry or maybe it's a bit fatigued. I tend to eat a meal about an hour or two before I lift and a shake 40 to 20 mins or so before.

    I lift for about an hour and if I add cardio is about 25/30 minutes.

    Any suggestions/advice?

    Thanks Boys.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jun 17, 2008 3:30 AM GMT
    I'm not surprised that you're hungry and tired before finishing a combined 1:30 of weights and cardio. My blood sugar would have crashed by that point if I was working out hard. You can shave some time from your cardio by doing high intensity interval training instead of a sustained slow pace unless your cardio is because you're planning a competitive run/bike race/etc. And in general, if you're not a body builder, there's little reason to spend more than 45 minutes with weights in a given session. Combined, that should drop you down to an hour instead of an hour and a half, which should be more manageable on the blood sugar.

    You could also lessen the sheer amount of time by supersetting if your gym is not crowded, or by timing your rest intervals if it is. If your gym is crowded when you go, I highly urge you not to superset, as it ties up more equipment and makes everyone else wait even longer.

    I suppose if you insist on keeping your current schedule, you could try some gatorade or the equivalent during your workout. I just think you should keep in mind that there are diminishing returns involved--you get less from the 46th minute of weights than you do from the 45th. Eventually, you're just wearing yourself down.

    As for getting tired: you're supposed to. icon_smile.gif You're building endurance as well as peak strength.
  • GQjock

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    Jun 17, 2008 10:24 AM GMT
    First... you're working your body too much

    Pick either weights or cardio for one day
    the two of them together is like pushing and pulling at the sametime
    Also.. you're blood glucose level is falling
    you're going to have to have some food or juice before your workout to keep your sugar levels maintained during your workout
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    Jun 17, 2008 2:34 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidYeah, sounds like you're working out way too long with weights. I do 20 sets per day with weights and then move to cardio.

    But in any event, try one of these the next time you get run down?

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    20 sets? What does your routine look like?
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    Jun 17, 2008 2:44 PM GMT
    Well now I'm confused even more...

    I've read a million threads and most guys including in their profile state that they lift for 60 mins 3/4x per week and cardio 2/3x per week for 30 mins..on average...

    So how do I know when I'm done if you guys tell me I'm going too long?

    Last night for example was an 'arms' night for me. So I did a lot of supersets..

    Barbel curls 3 sets 12 reps (increasing weight as I went up)
    skull crushers
    dumbell curls alternate hammer/regular
    tricep rope pull downs
    machine curls wide and close grip
    kickbacks
    cable curls
    and last tricep wasthe machine where u sit and push the 2 bars down with your arms not sure what its called...
    this workout took me about 60 mins...keep in mind I go to Gold's so the gym was busy...

    then I did a little abs

    then off to cardio..I did 30 mins on the eliptical...

    so whats the deal?





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    Jun 17, 2008 3:40 PM GMT
    Sometimes I run over and grab a small smoothie or eat a protein cookie (tri plex are awesome) mid workout. If you feel hungry or weak, its your body telling you something. Listen to it.
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    Jun 17, 2008 7:02 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidI should have corrected myself. I recommend not doing more than 20 sets total for a day with weight training. This only happens with leg or shoulder workouts. With quads I choose 5 exercises and do 4 sets total so this would give me 20 sets.

    Example:

    Squats with barbell 4 sets
    Leg Press 4 sets
    Hack Squat 4 sets
    Behind the leg barbell squats 4 sets
    Sissy Squats 4 sets.

    That would give me 20 sets. Keep in mind that I generally train one muscle at a time. I do hamstrings and glutes together on another day. I can't train the entire upper leg in one day.

    With chest or back I do 16 sets. So I choose 4 exercises and do 4 sets.

    With arms, since they are a smaller muscle group I do 12 sets, so that equates to 3 exercises at 4 sets each.

    Hope this helps.

    In any event, if you're tired find what's causing the problem. Either back off some workout time or go to bed earlier and try to get more rest.

    I would possibly suggest getting your blood sugar levels checked to make sure you don't have something like hypoglycemia or diabetes.

    Good luck.


    Thanks for the tips...let me chill with the workouts a bit and see what happens..at this stage in the game (being smaller framed not a lot of muscle) I am just learning....

    great advice though!
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    Jun 17, 2008 7:05 PM GMT
    DJBens77 saidSometimes I run over and grab a small smoothie or eat a protein cookie (tri plex are awesome) mid workout. If you feel hungry or weak, its your body telling you something. Listen to it.


    HA! I thought about that but for some reason feel stupid walking around the gym eating...I know I need to get over myself...but it's just a funny thing about me...

    I am probably just need to workout shorter periods of time....

    thanks man!