Lifting leading to hieghtened levels of Aggression?

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    Jul 22, 2008 1:50 AM GMT
    Within the past two months I have gone from skinny little white boy playing volleyball, to tall, hot, muscle stud who plays volleyball. It was been a wonderful transformation so far and I love every inch thats been added to me and every second it takes to earn it but...

    Lately, it seems like anything can set me off. At work, which I am a server, there are times my apron gets caught on the handles of the cabinets while I am walking through the back area of the counter. I yell out a fuck you directed at both my apron and cabinet.

    Today, I had planned to meet up with a friend this evening for a movie. I had neglected to remember he invited me to work out with him for the evening. I went to the gym, and realized I had forgotten my phone because he was eventually going to give me necessary details on arriving at his place, I FLIPPED OUT! Keep in mind this was about 15 minutes ago. I came home so enraged that I about threw my phone across the room. I yurned to punch a hole in the wall so bad. The needing for me to hit something seemed like the only answer to my overwhelming anger.


    Is it cause of me lifting? Is it because I havent had a drink in a while? I dont drink often at all. Am I not masturbating enough? Whats goin on?! It gets so bad to the point that I scare myself. I cant keep this up because a few years down the road, i could kill myself with a heart attack.

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    Jul 22, 2008 3:19 AM GMT
    Talk to a pro about this, I'd suggest. Could be sign of another disorder completely unrelated to your lifting.

    But not all rage is bad, if you can focus and direct it at better targets. Some types of humor have their genesis in anger, and you may want to try that, next time a fuck-up leads you to swear at an inanimate object.

    To stoves that hold your apron: "Baby, you're hot, but I got work to do. Let's chat when you're baking a pie." Best when overheard by co-workers.
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    Jul 22, 2008 3:35 AM GMT
    wow...thats kinda sexy.

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    Jul 22, 2008 3:44 AM GMT
    I agree, if you can, see a professional. It's possible there's something hormonal going on, but personally, working out makes me calmer. I get irritable when I don't work out. Maybe in part, it's taking the aggression out on the weights.

    Maybe a speedbag workout would help? (only sorta kidding)
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    Jul 22, 2008 5:12 AM GMT
    See a pro maybe. And something else to consider, are you taking any OTC supplements? Something as simple as Hydroxycut can cause massive mood swings in some people and some of the pro-hormone containing supplements can make you very moody as well.
  • UncleverName

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    Jul 22, 2008 5:55 AM GMT
    As everyone else says, you might want to talk to a specialist about this.

    Myself, I've found something similar. I started olympic lifting 8 months ago, with the specific intention of increasing my testosterone levels. A few months later, I found I was constantly grumpy at night when my partner got home, and just about anything would set me off. During the day, I found just about anything would set me off too, but it wasn't until I was around other people that I started to get really aggressive.

    I had a couple of other changes in my life at the same time (started working from home, among other things) and thought that could be it. After months, I've come to the conclusion that it's the working out that's the issue.

    My trainer said that he's noticed the same thing. When he's doing really heavy lifting, he says that his mood changes a lot.
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    Jul 22, 2008 10:34 PM GMT
    Midwestern saidWithin the past two months I have gone from skinny little white boy playing volleyball, to tall, hot, muscle stud who plays volleyball. It was been a wonderful transformation so far and I love every inch thats been added to me and every second it takes to earn it but...
    Lately, it seems like anything can set me off. The needing for me to hit something seemed like the only answer to my overwhelming anger.
    Is it cause of me lifting? Is it because I havent had a drink in a while? I dont drink often at all. Am I not masturbating enough? Whats goin on?! It gets so bad to the point that I scare myself. I cant keep this up because a few years down the road, i could kill myself with a heart attack.
    A slight gay over-exaggeration no? lol

    All jokes aside, this most likely isn't alcohol withdrawal. I doubt you're using any pharmaceutical "gear" like clen or winstrol (I've been hanging out at bodybuilding.com for too long). So it's not that either.

    This sounds like a natural increase in Testosterone [T-Levels for the sake of the conversation. When you do (serious) weight training, that does increase your Testosterone. Ever notice how you have more sexual desire and you're much hornier after a weight training session? That's an "benefit" of increased Testosterone.
    Consistent training leads to consistent increases.

    Take a break from training for 1-2 weeks. We need to cycle our body through training and nutrition because nobody can have consistent gains. Our body normalizes it self through those breaks. Trust me, if you've been training right and eating right for the past 6-12 (or more) weeks, 1-2 weeks of no training and not eating as cleanly will not make you a "skinny little white boy" again.

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    Jul 22, 2008 10:35 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidTalk to a pro about this, I'd suggest. Could be sign of another disorder completely unrelated to your lifting.

    But not all rage is bad, if you can focus and direct it at better targets. Some types of humor have their genesis in anger, and you may want to try that, next time a fuck-up leads you to swear at an inanimate object.

    To stoves that hold your apron: "Baby, you're hot, but I got work to do. Let's chat when you're baking a pie." Best when overheard by co-workers.


    Or have sex. Angry sex is hot.
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    Jul 22, 2008 10:44 PM GMT
    A trip to the family doctor and a hormone panel are the first steps. Intensely heavy lifting can have a lot of different hormonal effects. Also, alcohol devastates testosterone levels, so you could have your estrogen to testosterone balance off...and we all know hot frightening the fits of PMS can be. There can also be other hormones like cortisol from too much stress from training or outside stresses and this can also effect Testosterone levels. My guess is definitely a hormone imbalance unless there are major issues in your life that you aren't dealing with. A family doctor is a good place to start the tests, it takes more then one test to confirm a hormone imbalance. If there is one he may be able to treat it, and if not he will refer you on to a good endocrinologist in your area. Best of luck. Save the rage for the weights bro, nobody deserves to put up with your fits...just try to think of that.
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    Jul 25, 2008 4:36 AM GMT
    thanks for all the suggestions fellas.

    As for a quick update. AS it turns out I think I was just having a really bad day.

    I have also found out that when I end up driving on the express way and then have to go back to regular roads, I freak cause I want to speed and I can't stand how slow people drive. And that particular day I was on the express way a bit.


    And incase anyone is wondering, the day didnt get any better hehehe, but its all good. I ended up lifting at the end of the day and I felt so much better.

    And as for the angry sex...we will have to wait and see, I will let you guys know how that goes. Ill be the one taking a beating so hopefully it calms me down.
  • shoelessj

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    Aug 11, 2008 4:39 PM GMT
    Still, like others have said, you should try to schedule a chat with a (medical) doctor just to go over the workouts, and if nothing else to put your mind at ease over the bursts of going mad. I'm inclined to agree that its testosterone, like some have said, and since the same has happened to me, too.

    You may explore ways to deal with/channel the rage too, like yoga, boxing (or just hitting a boxing bag), turning up the music real loud and lifting heavy weights, venting to someone when these things happen (hello!), or just sitting in a comfortable position in a quiet room for a minute or so to clear your mind. Just don't rely on alcohol/drugs to deal with it, because that can cause even more problems. And beating off/hot sex can do a lot to help you forget about the little stupid things that have set you off that day.icon_wink.gif
  • CAtoFL

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    Aug 11, 2008 5:06 PM GMT
    In the purest sense of altruism, I volunteer to take one for the team (give one?) and have rough, angry sex with Midwestern until his mood changes. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 26, 2008 5:31 AM GMT
    Depending on your wellness training (I'm making up the psychobabble) you might want to increase your meditation or yoga. But that's me being dismissive....

    I usually recommend weight lifting for those with difficulty asserting themselves and setting boundaries, but I've never heard of this much coming from lifting. Any stimulants can add to the aggression, so coffee or diet pills can up the aggression factor with the lifting. Combine that with any other stressful factors in your life and the extra rage can start making sense.
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    Aug 26, 2008 4:24 PM GMT
    Are you taking any supplements? Drinking enough water? Getting enough rest?

    I would take a look at all of the basics first, any outside factors before freaking out that something is really wrong.

    And make an appt. to see your doctor if it doesn't go away...
  • joeindallas

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    Aug 26, 2008 11:12 PM GMT
    Could it be just mental attitude when you were a skinny White VB player you controlled your temper, out of fear of getting the snot kicked out of you. Now with some muscle yu might be a bit more cocky and pushing the envelope