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    Powerlifting: should I be fatigued?

    Usually at the end of my workouts (strength training), I'm not very fatigued or tired, although I do lift heavy weights (ill pyramid my way up to 95% of my max and do 2-3 working sets of 2-3 reps depending whether i can get the 3rd rep or not) but I'm just never tired afterwords. I could continue to do at least 4 more working sets, but i don't i'm supposed to. Then I'll do 2 x 8 sets of moderate-heavy skull crushers (i use a weight that i can only get 8 good reps out of), and 3 sets of weight bench dips till failure. But about 2 min after my workout, im fine and could go throw another whole workout. Should powerlifters be very fatigued after a workout , or is this normal? Will my muscles and strenth still go up? Should i throw in a 3rd lighter set of skull crushers and work to compelete failure (like with the last few reps only being able to go a third of the way up)?
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    From Beyond Bodybuilding:
    'Overall load [sets, reps, proximity to failure, rest between sets, the number and order of exercises, the degree of recovery from the last workout, the length of the session, etc.] must vary so that some days you barely leave... and others you would love to do more but can't - the plan forbids.' (Galenchik, 1999)
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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    I normally feel like I am battling polio after every workout I have. More than the weight you lift, it is the intensity at which you train.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vdizenzo View Post
    I normally feel like I am battling polio after every workout I have. More than the weight you lift, it is the intensity at which you train.
    hahaha i hear you man. I trudged upstairs after my workout today and my mom asked me to bring up my laundry. "I'll do it tomrmow mom, I cant lift anything right now".
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