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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    working out sick with a cold and then some...?

    i've got upper respiratory tract infection.. which is basically like a cold with a tad bit of asthma and coughing out phlegm. i'm usually ok in about a week. i'm taking antibiotics to fix it..amoxicillin.

    u guys reckon it would be ok if i hit the gym 3x or 2x this week real quick so i dont lag behind my lifts? like TUE - squat 5x5 and then THU - flat bench 5x5 then SAT - deads 5x5... just those exercises.

    i reckon i can hack it. or is getting an early night a better idea?

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    If your downtime will only be a week or so I'd say rest up. There will most likely be a few benefits and reasons not to work out while afflicted. First, your illness will heal up much quicker and probably better if you do not stress your body through working out. Next, because of your illness your lifts will most likely not be performed as well as they would be if your body were in a healthy state. Along with those others things if you have consistently been working very hard in the weightroom a week for your muscles to rest usually ends up with your body feeling much more refreshed and energetic. Finally after taking a few days off I want nothing more to get back into the weight room.

    Take the week off, heal up, get pumped, and tear it up when your ready.

    On the other hand though if you're feeling exceptionally well on a day and you want nothing more, go for a workout.

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    Stay out of the gym. Jeez, the number of times I've probably gotten sick from some guy hacking up a lung while he lifts next to me are ridiculous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferich View Post
    Next, because of your illness your lifts will most likely not be performed as well as they would be if your body were in a healthy state.
    Actually, and I forget the reason behind it, you're supposed to be stronger when you're sick than when you're not.

    I've heard that antibiotics weaken your tendons, so maybe lifting while on them is a bad idea. I'm sure I remember hearing that, but I can't remember if the source was credible. I'm also not sure if it was all antibiotics. You might want to look into it.

    A couple weeks ago I felt like I had a minor cold. I had a very mild sore throat and just felt a little sick for a few days. I proceeded to train, and a couple hours later I had a fever of 102.5, chills, sweats, aches - the flu. Obviously, working out can't turn a cold into a flu, but it might have given the flu the opportunity it needed to take over. You haven't experienced muscle soreness until you've experienced it on the flu.
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    Training while sick is usually a bad idea. Training can depress the immune system which in turn can allow the illness to get a firmer grip on your body. Take a few days off. Being behind in your lifts by a couple of days will not matter much in the long run.

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    thanks for the reply guys.

    i thought i could hack it a while ago but then i got a fever. i'm taking the week off. couldnt lift even if i wanted to. feel like crap.

    how on earth does Michael Jordan drop 38pts on Utah with a fever?!....amazing.

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    I haven't been to the gym since last Monday because I'm sick. It is better to rest up, take some time off, let your body and muscles heal, then to have a long nagging sickness because you tried to work through it. Working out is very rough on all your body systems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noahfor123 View Post
    Actually, and I forget the reason behind it, you're supposed to be stronger when you're sick than when you're not.

    I've heard that antibiotics weaken your tendons, so maybe lifting while on them is a bad idea. I'm sure I remember hearing that, but I can't remember if the source was credible. I'm also not sure if it was all antibiotics. You might want to look into it.
    It's fluoroquinolones. Right now, the literature is pointing to a "correlation" and a really remote chance, like 1 in a million.

    But if you're sick enough to be on antibiotics, you don't want to be pushing it and running the risk of the infection not getting better and turning into something worse, like pneumonia.

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