At the moment it feels like everything is going wrong: I've lost power, motivation, and even lost some weight and strength. I feel tired most of the time and I'm getting a bit worried. Has anyone else ever felt like this? What can I do?
Here is some information about me; I'm 17, 6'3, currently just under 13 stone, I am (usually) fit and strong. I was 13 and 1/2 stone at the start of the summer (around 190lbs). Then i went on mountain climbing trip for two weeks and lost half a stone but I was not that bothered because it was some fat as well as muscle. I haven't tested my bodyfat for ages but I would estimate I am around 12% at the moment. I thought that this endurance and lung size increase would help my fitness even if i'd lost a little strength but since then i have a lost another few kgs in the last two weeks; and have found it really hard to force myself to train properly. I row and was aiming to do a few 30-40 or even 60min seesions on the rowing machine that I have. But I just don't have the motivation. I was also doing power training and max HR stuff a few days ago and I just had no energy after the first couple of intervals. I have been doing some summer work as well on random days through the week which really screws up my plans. I am now just working on the weekends so I have a good chance to do some decent training over the next few weeks. I bumped into my coach yesterday and he said not to worry about max effort power pieces so much as the body cannot continue this all year round with continuing success and told me just to concentrate on long endurance work. I have started taking 500mg of vit.C a day as well as a good multivitamin.
Have you got any advice to get me back on track?
whats your diet like?
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Actually I was ill for 3 or 4 days last week where I had a bug or something that was going around at the restaurant where I'm working this summer. I was sick one day and then a couple days later I was fine. I don't think that was the main problem to be honest although it may account for the little bit of weight I lost as I have a very fast metabolism and it is the result of huge eating over the last few year to even get this far. I am not on a very restrictive diet or anything like that either. I could just be a bit burned out from training all year, then walking. But I got back two weeks ago and I haven't done all that much since so I should have fully recovered by now.
I think I might try a few motivational tricks like writing down all my goals, and wirting up a full training plan. I might record everything I eat for a few days as well. Does this sort of thing work?
I was thinking about trying to gain some weight this holiday anyway so I might buy some weight-gainer, maybe the extra calories and nutrients would give me extra energy and aid recuperation and that sort of thing.
Any other ideas?
You could be depressed and/or need to change your routine. Most do it every 2-4 months.
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Last edited by intel775; 05-21-2010 at 06:12 AM.
I had a period of about 8 months where I wasn't making any gains. I realized I just wasn't pushing myself really. I thought I was, but all the sudden I got into the gym one day and attacked the weights. I realized it had been a long time since I'd exerted myself in that way.
I think you already have some good ideas
Keeping a journal is good motivation. Try taking weekly photos of your progress. Track your diet. Change your routine.
Throw on some death metal in the car ride to the gym and take some stimulants (caffeine, ginseng, vitamin B etc.) Really psych yourself up and remind yourself of why you started lifting in the first place. Also, up your carbohydrate intake before a workout session. 90% of the time (number totally pulled out of ass, but lets just say with a high frequency) , if I'm feeling sluggish, I can usually attribute it to not having gotten in enough carbohydrates before a training session.
You need to change your perception and fall in love with the activity again.
Are you cutting right now or bulking or maintaining?
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