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Thread: Lifting when sick?

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    Lifting when sick?

    I have been feeling sick ( fever, sore/itchy throat, nasal congestion) the past 2 days. I don't want to miss a workout, because I've only finished 2 weeks of Rippetoe's. Then again, I doubt I'll have the energy to hit PR's or lift heavy at all, in fact, I feel lethargic. Should I work out or wimp out?
    I'll have to gain a bunch of weight just to be skinny, and then a bunch more to even look like I lift weights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrawnybastard View Post
    I have been feeling sick ( fever, sore/itchy throat, nasal congestion) the past 2 days. I don't want to miss a workout, because I've only finished 2 weeks of Rippetoe's. Then again, I doubt I'll have the energy to hit PR's or lift heavy at all, in fact, I feel lethargic. Should I work out or wimp out?
    I'm in the same boat right now. Sinus infection or the flu, i'm not sure (will find out at 130pm today). But I always skip a workout if i feel like crap. The energy level is just not there and I use the time to rest back to 100%.

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    stay home if you have a fever.

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    Stay home and use the search next time.
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    Get some rest. I've tried working out while sick so many times and I always end up regretting it. Trust me, it's not worth it.
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    whats wimping out all about? its called using your head, listen to your body
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reko View Post
    stay home if you have a fever.
    Yup, thats definitely a deciding factor. Don't workout with a fever, if for no other reason you'll get everybody else in the gym sick too.

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    I'm sick, I think I might have a sinus infection. I hit the gym this morning and hit a 10 rep squat PR. Go figure.

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    Skip the workout...If you work out, you're probably just going to be sick longer. That's been my experience.
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    funny that someone posted this lol. I stayed home sick from work today with a fever, sore throat, runny nose, and upset stomache. there was nooooo way i was getting to the gym. but, i still managed to suck down 3 scoops of whey.......eck. had to force the food down today. but hell, atleast it all stayed in my stomache instead of coming up the way it went down. some theraflu willl do me good and I'll be back to work tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete22 View Post
    I'm sick, I think I might have a sinus infection. I hit the gym this morning and hit a 10 rep squat PR. Go figure.
    On the contrary to my other post, I would still workout under those conditions, just not if I had a fever. Its helps me keep the weight on (building up the appetite) and I find I'm not really that effected by it until later on in the workout, so I may cut short the accessory stuff but my main lifts will still get done.

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    Like the majority have said. Listen to your body and rest when you need to. Not just when you "want" to.
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    I've been feeling like **** all day. Stuffed up nose, sinuses exploding, headache.... I only went to work for 3 hours today and skipped my 2 classes, spent the rest of the day in bed.

    I still went to the gym tonight and had a pretty decent workout. I hit my numbers and once I was sweating a bit I felt the best I had felt all day.

    So, my answer is, it depends on how sick you are and what kind of sick. Had I been at home with a stomach flu, there would be no way I would go to the gym today.
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    I've done it before. It's not worth it in my opinion. Skip one workout, it's not the end of the world. Plus, you'll probably end up getting everyone else sick too.
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    it depends how ill you are, if its only a stuffed nose and sore head or something i would't miss the workout but if you are really bad i would, as working out will lower your immune system more and you will become more sick and it will last longer!!

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