No energy for workout

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  1. ninjajesus

    ninjajesus Banned Banned

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    When I go workout, I feel fine, but not energetic. So I start working out and after a little while, I start feeling tired. I yawn a lot and just don't feel like working out. It's like my energy level is really low. And if I try to force it, like forcing pull ups for example, my arms kinda feel like they're shaking. Like when I pull up it's not a smooth motion, it's kinda jerky feeling.
    Anyone know what causes this? And how can I get more energetic for my workouts?
    Maybe doing some running before lifting?
     
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    immovablestone Purple Belt

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    Sleep, and eat clean. If that doesn't work see a doctor.
     
  3. Ian Coe

    Ian Coe Silver Belt Professional Fighter

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    Eat more

    Make sure your supplement profile is ok (not mineral or vitamin deficient)
     
  4. GhostDog

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    When do you have your pre-workout meal? Like has been already echoed, perhaps your not eating enough, or getting enough sleep.
     
  5. ninjajesus

    ninjajesus Banned Banned

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    I'm getting 8 hours of sleep. I'm eating lots of food, getting plenty of protein and taking a multivitamin every day. I eat before I go to the gym. Sometimes a sandwich or oatmeal. I started drinking my PWO shake during my workout and that doesn't change anything.
    I don't get it. I'm 24. Shouldn't I have a lot of energy?
     
  6. Ian Coe

    Ian Coe Silver Belt Professional Fighter

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    I'm 25 and the answer is no :redface:
     
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    Try more sleep, if that doesn't help, see a doctor, because thats all we can tell you.
     
  8. Jumpman24

    Jumpman24 Black Belt

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    Try a prework supplement.

    Right now i'm taking Black Powder by MRI which gives me a great boost right before I work out. My workouts have been more intense, longer, and my recovery time is amazing, just an idea.
     
  9. ronin0352

    ronin0352 Lift, Eat, Sleep, Repeat

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    You could also just be getting burned out. Have you tried mixing things up or even taking a break?
     
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    evilf22 Blue Belt

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    how long has it been since you deloaded? i usually take a week off anything heavy once every 6-8 weeks. i remember reading in a westside article to take your 5 rep max and do 3 reps with it during deload weeks, with the expception of deadlifts and backsquats since they are so intensive on the CNS. works good for me, since it keeps the mind/muscle memory fresh so you can jump into the big weight again after you've rested up. also gives you a chance to focus on other things you may have been neglecting. i dont give olympic lifts nearly the attention they deserve, and deload weeks are a good time to focus on technique since im not worried about moving big weight.
     
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    Odhinnfist WAR BEARD!!!

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    What's your diet look like?
     
  12. ninjajesus

    ninjajesus Banned Banned

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    Well today I had a friend with me at the gym and I didn't have this problem. I had a pretty good amount of energy. My muscles weren't jerky and I could've done more but I kinda got tired of being there and figured I'd need to rest enough as it is.

    Instead of peanut butter and honey sandwich pre-workout, I ate a ham sandwich with mustard and lots of raw spinach on it.
    I don't know if it was just the boredom of being there alone or what, but today I had a lot better day than yesterday.
    A supplement website I get stuff from says that was discontinued. Any idea why?
    Yeah I need to mix things up. Here's a list of exercises I do. These are basically the only ones I do.
    Deadlift
    Benchpress
    Squats
    Military press
    Jumping ( just jumping as long and as high as I can)
    Pullups
    And this exercise where I put the end of a bar in a corner, add weights to the end and swing it side to side
    And various ab exercises. Should I mix it up more or is that enough different things to do?
    I've been going to the gym for about 2 or 3 times a week for over a year. Haven't stopped any weeks.

    I'd like to go to a kickboxing gym and practice kicking and punching techniques. I'd also like to join a BJJ school. But right now the only thing I can afford is a gym membership and just to get stronger.
    Pretty simple.

    Lots of beans, vegetables, spinach a lot with sandwiches and I'll pour some on my tuna and just eat tuna with raw spinach leaves. A peanut butter and honey sandwich almost every day. Cereal when I get home from work. Various fruits at work, like banana and apple. Salmon when I can, cottage cheese sometimes before bed. That's about it. Nothing fancy.
     
  13. T.J.T

    T.J.T Green Belt

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    doesnt seem like you have been going to the gym TOO much, but in all reality going 2-3 times a week for over a year your body just might be getting use to the same old cycle. Id take a week off and give your body a rest, or like you said maybe try something else for a week instead of the same old grind. Change is good for your body, as far as i understand the same thing over and over actualy becomes not so great for your body. Plus a week off never hurts, just keep your deit clean.
     
  14. ronin0352

    ronin0352 Lift, Eat, Sleep, Repeat

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    I agree with this. It's not only your muscles, but your CNS needs a break. Take a week off, come back with a different routine. Keep the main lifts: Squats, DL, Bench, etc, but throw in some variety. Do front squats one day, zercher DL's, etc. Of course the S&P is the place for this kind of advice (and a lot of more knowledgeable posters than me) but if your diet is decent, then routine probably your problem.
    Are you a vegetarian? I don't see any chicken, eggs or beef on there?
     
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    ninjajesus Banned Banned

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    That's a good idea guys, thanks. Yeah I should really improve the number of different exercises I do. And maybe take off a week and just do kick boxing on my bag outside.

    I'm not a vegetarian, I eat chicken and beef when I can and I eat at least 1 hard boiled egg every day.
     
  16. BayAreaGuy

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    Take a quick nap before working out- that does it for me. About 15 minutes before or something.
     

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