View Full Version : Sick... should I skip ME bench?

10-16-2007, 12:53 PM
I've been sick since last Saturday and am finally starting to get over it. I feel weak, but I really want to bench tomorrow. Is there any reason I shouldn't go hit it hard? I've been more sick and worked out before, but my target set tomorrow is 275x2 and I'm not sure if the sickness will affect me.

My thought is to eat a ton tonight, sleep like 9 hrs and attempt to destroy that weight tomorrow. However, considering how much of a gym rat I am, this most likely isn't terribly wise. What do you all think? Unless I have a good reason I won't be able to bring myself to skip.

10-16-2007, 12:58 PM
Sometimes you should listen to your body. I had the flu real bad a few weeks ago, and I went in, and went hard on 1 exercise and then fell over. I had no energy. You probably won't lose that much strength if you skip 1 day. It's your call.

10-16-2007, 01:10 PM
See how you feel tomorrow. If you feel good and ready to go, then proceed with your planned workout. If you aren't feeling great but still want to get some work in, maybe change and work up to a heavy set of 3-5 and back it off a little after the first movement. Either way, get some extra rest and get lots of fluids in you.

10-16-2007, 01:41 PM
Im with Drew on this. Play it by ear. If you feel decent, try soft-pedalling into your workout because you might not have your full strength-levels. Maybe do an extra warm-up set. On your first work-set, test the waters. You might want to make it a lower-intensity/subfailure day until you're 100%.

10-16-2007, 01:42 PM
Take the time off, your body needs to fight the infection. I've toughed it out before and I usually just end up being sicker, longer.

10-16-2007, 02:10 PM

10-16-2007, 02:47 PM
Whenever I'm sick, I just end up prolonging it by hitting the gym. I'm stupid and I do it every time I get sick and every time it keeps me sicker longer.

Stay home. Drink water and watch some TV.

10-16-2007, 05:36 PM
If Im sick for a day I'll skip the workout. If its just like a nagging cold or something thats not too to bad then I'll just do ultra low volume, usually just hit up some sub maximal singles/doubles of bench/squat/dead.

10-16-2007, 07:20 PM
Being sick is what I consider deloading. Enjoy the time off. Watch a movie or touch yourself to internet porn.

10-16-2007, 07:43 PM
Being sick is what I consider deloading. Enjoy the time off. Watch a movie or touch yourself to internet porn.

Solid advice.

10-16-2007, 07:47 PM
Being sick is what I consider deloading. Enjoy the time off. Watch a movie or touch yourself to internet porn.Wow. This is the best piece of advice ever given on this forum.

10-17-2007, 03:29 PM
Im definitely worse today so there's not a chance I'm hitting the gym. I need to start sleeping more for sure. Thanks for the responses guys!

10-17-2007, 03:49 PM
Feel better.

10-17-2007, 04:13 PM
When I'm sick, I avoid all physical activity, carry around my Nalgene all day long, take an extra amount of Vitamin C and sleep as much as I can (at least 9 hours). My cold is gone the next day if I do that. I haven't had an actual cold that sticks with me in well over a year.

10-17-2007, 11:28 PM
RF- Sorry to hear that you are under the weather. I agree with the stay home and rest theory. Not only are you helping yourself get better, you are also keeping your germies away from your teammates. I find that soup makes me feel better, along with a good back rub.

10-18-2007, 04:23 PM
Thanks guys (and lynn)... I feel much better today. I think I have a sinus infection... which sucks as I never get sick. I really hope my health and strength is back for next week, as I only have 3 weeks of training before WABDL worlds.