Burnout

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    Aug 13, 2007 5:14 PM GMT
    This summer I've taken my workouts to the next level and definately see results but right now, I'm in a place where I'm just bored with it and a bit tired of doing it. I try to combat this with new exercises but still feel like I wanna just do nothing. Is this common and what sort of things do others here do when they experience (if they ever do) this feeling of fatigue/burnout? Help!

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    Aug 13, 2007 5:52 PM GMT
    Well it depends on what your doing, I mean yea you dont want to fatigue yourself too bad or you dont be doing yourself any good. Also if you find do some cross training work outs sometimes and work the same muscles you want them too it seem to help me get out of the lifting slump.
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    Aug 13, 2007 7:10 PM GMT
    Sometimes your body just needs to cocoon-up and rest for a couple of days.
    But adding variety should certainly help. For example, today is nominally a weight-lifting day, but I'm sick of being inside and it's really nice out, so I'm heading out on my bike, as soon as I'm done with this protein bar. Probably I'll substitute some light presses and pullups before dinner tonight.
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    Aug 13, 2007 7:19 PM GMT
    The feelings you describe are similar to classic overtraining burnout. Not a surprise if you've been on a heavy push.

    Here's a test. Take a week off - if when you go back, your lifts are stronger, it's a good indication you're not building enough rest into your workout plan.

    J.
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    Aug 13, 2007 7:35 PM GMT
    Well, that may be my piscean nature that I tend to overdue things if I do something and resting has always been an issue for me. You may be on to something: I recently (last month) had an five days in a row where I was out of the gym and my exercise came from just doing things outside like walking. When I resumed my workouts, I seemed to be more jazzed and ready than before; also, my muscles seemed more willing to be pushed after the break. I currently go for three days then break on the fourth for a day or two, depending on how I'm feeling. I do split training with two days for upper and one for lower, working in abs and cardio on all days I train.

    Anyway, thanks for the advice guys!
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    Aug 13, 2007 7:35 PM GMT
    Well, that may be my piscean nature that I tend to overdue things if I do something and resting has always been an issue for me. You may be on to something: I recently (last month) had an five days in a row where I was out of the gym and my exercise came from just doing things outside like walking. When I resumed my workouts, I seemed to be more jazzed and ready than before; also, my muscles seemed more willing to be pushed after the break. I currently go for three days then break on the fourth for a day or two, depending on how I'm feeling. I do split training with two days for upper and one for lower, working in abs and cardio on all days I train.

    Anyway, thanks for the advice guys!
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    Aug 13, 2007 7:49 PM GMT
    Take a break.
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    Aug 13, 2007 11:28 PM GMT
    We all face this wall at sometime or another
    ...first you need to determine if it's physical or mental burnout
    *** If it's physical you need to take break and let the body heal itself
    *** If it's mental you need to take a fresh look at the way you work out
    ...it might be as simple as rearranging your workout or hitting a new gym
    workout with a trainer or take on a workout partner

    when I hit the doldrums working out in a new gym sometimes spurrs me on
    new equipment...new men :)