Have you ever run out of gas part way through a workout? I don’t mean that Oh-these-are-really-hard-I-should-stop feeling, which in my case is Cammy-ese for “perfect proof you should do them.” No, I’m talking face first into a wall of overwhelming fatigue. Your body just Will.Not.Move.Anymore. That ever happen to you? (Please don’t let it be only me.)
Today’s wasn’t an especially pushy workout. A little stretchy, because that’s the whole point, but nothing that should have pushed me over the edge. Take a peek:
- 3×10 Step ups (each leg, obviously) w/40# bar
- 3×10 BOSU Pushups (<3)
- 3×8 dumbbell swings (each arm) w/15# weights
60 second rest, followed by second set:
- 2×5, 1×6 assisted chin ups, 95#
- 2×5, 1×6 assisted dips, 95#
60 second rest, followed by third set:
- 3×8 walking lunges, 40# bar
- 3×10 barbell bicep curls, 30# bar
- 3×8 incline shoulder presses, 20#
60 second rest, followed by:
I had one set left (jackknife, hamstring curls, and planks), but I was woozy, overheated, and weak as a kitten. I had to sit on the shoulder press bench for a few minutes with my head between my knees (which led to a weird proud moment that I could actually do that) before I could go to the water fountain and then grab my towel. (Note: Did anyone ask if I was okay? N-O! Not even the trainer who was working nearby with a client!)
Unfortunately, I was closest to the water fountain with tepid water, so I had to make the lonnnng trek across the gym to get cool water for my towel and subsequently, the back of my neck. My plan was to cool down and then complete my workout. I only had the one set left.
Three minutes later I was still sitting there. The workout was as complete as it was going to get.
I’ve had other workouts in which my heart just wasn’t in it, but this was the first time I can remember that the spirit was willing but the flesh said, “I’ve had ENOUGH.” Since I had crossed the 30-minute mark–my minimum daily requirement–I agreed.
As I was cooling down and stretching, I tried to figure out where I’d gone wrong. As I saw it there were three possibilities:
- Overtraining – Obviously not. I had a rest day Saturday, and my workouts since then haven’t been super strenuous. I’ve been at the END of the workout when my body said, “We’re done,” and that’s the way I like it.
- Nutrition – I don’t think so, but it’s possible I’ve been a little light on protein lately. I’ve been focusing on healthy foods since Saturday (anti-dote for family reunion carb carnival), so I think I’m pretty good shape there.
- Water – The more I think about it, my money is on this one. I don’t work out until about 10:00 a.m., and in this summer heat, I’ve already worked up a sweat at least once by the time I get there. Plus, I don’t use the a/c in my car on the way to the gym (I actually don’t use it much at all) so I’m usually pretty shiny when I arrive at the gym.
I wish I could say I felt all better after a little rest, but that’s not what happened. I’ve been pretty much “done” all day. Not good. So my plan for the next two days is to continue to focus on nutrition and to add in some extra water to compensate for the summer heat. Tomorrow is yard work day, so I’ll be guzzling away during the day. I just need to remember to have an extra glass (or two) Friday morning before I hit the gym again. And maybe add in a couple more sips during the workout, for good measure.
Oh, and I just remembered that I have a little hand-held battery-powered fan that I used to use with the trainers for cooling down between sets! I’ll toss that in my gym bag as well. I don’t care if anyone thinks I’m a wuss or not. I’d rather cool down than pass out, especially if none of them can be bothered to offer assistance to a distressed exerciser.
So what, if anything, am I missing here? Any tips, suggestions, or observations are welcome, along with any of your exerciser-in-distress stories.