What to do when feeling tired before training?

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    Sep 17, 2012 6:23 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I know that training while tired / sleepy will lead to sub-optimal results. I am finding myself like that before training on some days

    Any tips on what to do to get the needed energy to complete the training and be able to have the power to lift the necessary weights, especially in last sets of each exercise?

    I know sleep is important. I am getting 7-8 hours per day. How about nutrition? Something to take before training. Some warming up to make you ready for training, etc...?

    Thanks
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    Sep 17, 2012 6:56 PM GMT
    You have to be sensible... sometimes you have to just rest. What I do normally is turn up and start. If i feel that I don´t have anything in the tank then I just do a short, light workout - 20 mins, half an hour. If I am so tired that i really don´t want to go I don´t go. That happened today. I´ll do 30 mins tomorrow...

    Get in the habit of being rigid with training so that you never have to decide to go, you have to decide NOT to go.
  • synestheticxs...

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    Sep 17, 2012 7:28 PM GMT
    protein, vitamins, sleep.
  • suedeheadscot

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    Sep 17, 2012 7:44 PM GMT
    Coffee before gym? Or isotonic sports drink?

    Are you doing a 5 - 10 minute cardio to wake yourself up?

    Sometimes half the battle is just getting your ass to the gym. You can fool yourself into going by saying that you will only do 20 mins. Once you start, you'll get motivated and stay longer.

    Its normally a battle for me after work but once I'm in and I get going, I'm good!

    Good luck!!
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    Sep 17, 2012 8:28 PM GMT
    I eat an energy bar in between sets. That works for me because I'm a bit hypoglycemic and I have a tendency to overdo my routine sometimes.
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    Sep 17, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
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    Sep 17, 2012 8:32 PM GMT
    Another thing: What time of day are you training? If you're going to the gym after you've already put in a full day of work perhaps you should try changing your schedule.

    I have a physical job, so I train first; early in the morning when there's plenty of gas in the tank!
  • chi_rock

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    Sep 17, 2012 8:49 PM GMT
    I always load up on caffeine before lifting (about 4-6 cups). Even then, your body sometimes doesn't want to cooperate. Try a light workout and don't worry about it.
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    Sep 17, 2012 8:53 PM GMT
    Well.. The body fuels of Carbs for energy. Getting some carbohydrates before a workout should give you some energy to last a while. icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 17, 2012 9:28 PM GMT
    Ma Huang was good shit. Too bad a couple people had bad reactions to it.....icon_sad.gif
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    Sep 17, 2012 9:31 PM GMT
    2 answers:

    1. Slap your face and drink cold water and go for it.

    2. Go back to bed.icon_rolleyes.gif

  • Coug24_wyo

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    Sep 17, 2012 9:41 PM GMT
    Listen to some super upbeat music and drink a little bit of coffee. I find that works wonders for me, the music alone really if you turn it up and it has some good bass.
  • 2theTEE

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    Sep 17, 2012 9:44 PM GMT
    Stroke for a bit and then you'll be full of energy again. And some green tea might help too.

    Results will vary for diff folks.
  • Montague

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    Sep 17, 2012 9:44 PM GMT
    Take a bump.
  • LJay

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    Sep 17, 2012 10:01 PM GMT
    All of it, but I would not slight nutrition.

    After a long night's sleep the night before, I came home at noon yesterday and slept until about 7:30. Then I got up with no energy and could barely stay awake until 10:30.

    Finally had some light supper. Then I began to feel better. I was simply running low on fuel, though the diet and sugar readings did not really say so.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Sep 18, 2012 5:14 AM GMT
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    Sep 18, 2012 6:24 AM GMT
    Couple shots of espresso will do it.
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    Sep 18, 2012 10:37 AM GMT
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    Sep 19, 2012 12:59 PM GMT
    Please ignore everyone who is telling you to mask it with drugs.

    You need to work out why you are tired - lack of sleep, over training, psychological resistance to training, bad timing etc Just taking stimulants is not going to help you
  • FireDoor211

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    Sep 19, 2012 1:06 PM GMT
    I generally don't care If I'm tired, I drag myself to the gym every morning anyway. 10 minutes into it I'm pumped and can't stop myself.
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    Feb 22, 2013 8:43 PM GMT
    Update:
    I am noticing that whenever I have around 8+ hours of sleep, the probability of me yawning while training (and thus not being in a shape to give it all at the gym) decreases dramatically.

    Another thing, I began using Jack3d this week. I am taking one scoop 30 minutes before my training. I took it twice this week, and taking into consideration I don't drinnk coffee or energy drinks in my daily life, I was able to blast through my shoulder/tri and back trainings on two consecutive days.

    Today, I am feeling REALLY sore, which is a sign I pushed myself hard enough and that's quite nice. I think that an adequate amount of sleep, 2-3 small meals during the day and a scoop of jack3d around 6 pm are giving me the optimal results...
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    Feb 22, 2013 8:53 PM GMT
    I am surprised that not many if any suggested supplements. Jack3d was a favorite of mine before they changed the formula. I am currently taking Ultra Black Powder, it is ok. I get the energy I need for my workout after a long day at work. And apparently they are now making pre-running supplements but I am not sure if I am on board with that. My stomach already goes crazy and putting some sort of citrus/acid/caffeine in there would only make it worse. Most guys I know get a little bit of a hype on before they hit the gym.



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    Feb 22, 2013 8:55 PM GMT
    leviticii saidUpdate:

    Today, I am feeling REALLY sore, .



    love when this happens. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 22, 2013 9:03 PM GMT
    Well I have to admit that those are the times that I'm more likely to get out the NOXplode. But lately I've just switched to a low-weight high-rep workout on those days, instead of trying to lift big and possibly screw something up.
    Back in college, it seems like the solution was always something that involved cold water at dawn. Once you're in the pool (or the river) you have no choice but to keep moving!
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    Feb 22, 2013 9:10 PM GMT
    Coffee with a spoonful of liquid coconut oil (93% MCTs) is what I do.