A reader asks:
Do you also regularly experience bad training days? I just mean days where I really struggle with the previous’s workout’s weight. The days before it all went smoothly and I was increasing as usual. But then it hits me. Fatigue. No energy. I really have to fight with myself to even finish the workout. And when it happens my day usually is ordinary, basically the same things happened than on any good workout day. Usually it’s back to normal the next time I go.
All of the time. Unless you are a pro athlete, your training comes second to real life concerns like earning a living. Every guy has trouble being “on.” Want proof of this?
The pre-workout supplement market is a multi-billion dollar industry. Guys need to take mega doses of caffeine because it’s hard to train after a full day of living in a bullshit, feminized society. If caffeine were suddenly impossible to get, the gyms would be almost empty.
We are run down, bro. As men society views us as batteries to be drained. We are sucked dry and then discarded. How are we supposed to have energy to do what we want when our souls have been sucked from us for the previous 10 hours?
I don’t take any Jack3d type supplements and rarely ingest any caffeine. A Diet Coke is an indulgence. My morning cup of coffee is either 100% decaf or is 2/3 decaf and 1/3 of a low-caffeine brew. I have to use force of will to get a good training session in.
What can you do when having a bad day? Tell yourself this mantra:
You have felt like shit going into the gym many times. But you have never left the gym feeling bad.
Keep reminding yourself that you always leave the gym feeling better than when you went in. That is such a gift and you should have so much gratitude to the iron gods.
What else do you do in life that always makes you feel better than you started off?
On bad days you should do an unusually long warm-up until your mind gets right. Sometimes I’ll do 10 sets of 15 of the Hammer Strength Back Blast machine. Eventually my system “kicks in” or I “get into state.”
Moving your body changes your emotions.
Unless your body is just physically run down (get your testosterone levels checked), your workouts suffer because of how you feel. You need to change your emotions. If you feel tired, move. If you still feel tired, move more.
Do some interval training on the exercise bike or treadmill (or sprint outside) as a warm-up. Get your pulse rate up and your body will “magically” get into state.
You also need to be in a positive training environment. I spend a lot of money on gym memberships. Going to a gym like 24 Hour Fatness or Planet Fucktards would be demoralizing. Why swim upstream?
Cut down on the bar tabs and dinner dates. Join a real gym.
You also need to be aware of your circadian rhythms.
Most people have peak energy 3 hours after they wake up and 11 hours after they wake up.
In college my life was ideal. I would wake up at 10 a.m., go wait tables at 11 a.m., finish my shift at 3-4 p.m., and then take 2-3 night classes. I’d be at the gym at 9:30 p.m., which is when my energy was at peak state.
In college 5 out of 5 of my workouts were simply awesome. Part of that was youth but a larger part was training when my energy was at its maximum level.
Your circadian rhythms may differ – 3 and 11 hours is just a guideline. Be really thoughtful and figure this shit out. Train at different times of the day. You’ll lifting for decades. Going through a few “wasted” workouts to find out the best time to train will pay off in the long run.
Warm up until you get into the zone.
The gym isn’t church. In the gym I am a very intense guy and get a lot of dirty looks from haters. I may even be “that gym guy,” i.e., someone who does peculiar things in the gym. Some say I look scary.
You’re not at the gym to be some super cool guy. You’re at the gym to better yourself. Focus on what you’re doing. Have some intensity. Train hard. If you look like a weirdo, who cares?
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