Anyway to avoid nausea?

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    Jul 15, 2008 2:20 PM GMT
    Everytime i go to the gym and i work out, (strength train not cardio) i try to push myself a little harder here and there but everytime i work out i get nauseous, is there any way to avoid getting nauseous when you strength train? my trainer says to eat 2 hours before and dont drink too much water before you go in. any tips?
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    Jul 15, 2008 5:46 PM GMT
    Dude, I feel your pain.

    Work out days are dry, dry, dry for me.

    Protein shake breakfast, and the solid food I have for lunch is a Clif Builder's Bar about 4 hours before I work out.

    Another protein shake 2 hours prior and I'm set.

    If I have anything in my stomach, it just comes right back up.

    The upside: involuntary bulimia is a nice way to drop some extra pounds!
  • gumbosolo

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    Jul 15, 2008 5:50 PM GMT
    He's right about eating then-- the less you have in your innards before you work out, the better. Be sure to have water in you-- drink some and give it twenty or thirty minutes to get out of your stomach.

    Aside from that, the stomach is a pretty sensitive bit and can really suffer from stress. If you come in with a lot of stress or if lifting isn't something you're comfortable with yet, that can mess up your stomach.
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    Jul 15, 2008 6:20 PM GMT
    That happened to me a couple of times when I started working out with a trainer. He said it's because our bodies store lactic acid in muscle. When you push the muscle, it releases it into the blood stream and can make you feel nauseous.

    That feeling should go away if you are working those muscles regularly.

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    Jul 15, 2008 6:24 PM GMT
    Laddy1962 saidThat happened to me a couple of times when I started working out with a trainer. He said it's because our bodies store lactic acid in muscle. When you push the muscle, it releases it into the blood stream and can make you feel nauseous.


    Interesting. That must have been why I felt nauseous Sunday when I was working out my legs. I was reaaallly pushing them. Good to know!
  • kinetic

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    Jul 15, 2008 6:28 PM GMT
    Not sure if you are taking any supplements, but for me too much creatine will make me VERY nauseous. Also, if I haven't been working out for a while and I hit the gym hard, that'll do it too.
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    Jul 15, 2008 6:28 PM GMT
    lactic acid isnt really a concern with weight lifting as if you are aerobically fit you are able to sustain most of the work of your muscles through aerobic respiration, bypassing the production of lactic acid. So jump on a cardio machine for a bit if you can't sustain a moderate jog for more than 20+ mins.
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    Jul 15, 2008 6:48 PM GMT
    try eating ginger,like ginger biscuits ive heard theres something in the ginger that will stop you be sick and feeling so nauseousicon_smile.gif
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    Jul 15, 2008 7:47 PM GMT
    you need to not push yourslf that hard and learn to acknowledge your limits. working out means to work stress out of the body not more in.
    you won't see any results from such workouts.
    hope that helps
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    Jul 15, 2008 9:37 PM GMT
    It could be that you are pushing yourself too hard. I eat a bowl of cereal and drink a cup of coffee 1 hour before my workout, and I never have an issue with nausea. My workout is limited to a 30 minute run, crunches and bench pressing. It takes about 50 minutes each morning.
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    Jul 16, 2008 1:46 AM GMT
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  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 16, 2008 1:51 AM GMT
    One of the best things I have ever found is to down some pickled ginger (like you get in a sushi bar"). I take it on cruises if I start feeling seasick, and it works wonders.
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    Jul 16, 2008 1:55 AM GMT
    scarycemetery said my trainer says to eat 2 hours before


    My trainer gave me the same advice after I came close to hurling in the gym. Considering I wake up an hour before our sessions that doesn't help me much. And I'm not waking up at 5:00am just to eat. Instead I try to eat foods that are supposedly easy to digest (yogurt, bananas).

    I found that certain exercises trigger my nausea. Any of the rowing exercises, except inverted rowing, can make me sick to my stomach. I try to avoid them or not over-exert myself when doing them.
  • GoodPup

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    Jul 22, 2008 5:57 AM GMT
    It happens to me when I go hardcore if there has been a long period without working out. And it goes away after a couple days of hard workouts.

    But if that's not the case... I guess this wasn't a helpful reply. Good luck!
  • Tyinstl

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    Jul 22, 2008 6:19 PM GMT
    Be sure to BREATHE. The whole time.

    I kept getting dizzy and nauseous while working out, especially during squats and stuff...and then i realized I was holding my breath a little bit now and then. Now it doesn't happen all that much.

    Don't take your supplements right before you work out, either. I took six on Monday and had to stop because I kept tasting them in the back of my throat icon_sad.gif
  • UncleverName

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    Jul 25, 2008 2:26 PM GMT
    I was getting really nauseous when I worked out first thing in the morning. I told my trainer, he asked what I ate before going, and he told me to cut out the protein drink. I figured that was a good thing to eat before doing the workout, but protein is very difficult for your body to digest, and can sit in your stomach for a long time. Once I cut that out, and stuck to complex carbs (oatmeal) before my morning workouts, the nausea went away.