Post # 1
So yesterday I took a class at the gym, which I’ve been doing a few days a week for the last few weeks. The class was no more intense than the others I do but for some reason I got really fatigued in the first 20 minutes or so of the class. It was such a strange feeling, not the typical feeling of a tough workout, but I felt like my muscles were fatiguing really easily and I really couldn’t get through the workout. I had to stop a bunch of times during pretty simple exercises because I just didn’t feel right. Not light headed like I was going to pass out, but just something weird. then the rest of the day I just felt exhausted and weak. Other than that I feel fine.
I had a good night’s sleep the night before and I had taken the previous 2 days off from the gym so I wasn’t tired to begin with. I have mild asthma and I didn’t use my inhaler before class because I haven’t needed to in the past. Could it be something asthma-related? I was thinking maybe I wasn’t breathing properly (I tend to hold my breath if I’m not paying attention)…? Has anyone ever experienced an off day like this? TIA!
Post # 3
Did you eat before your worked out? It sounds like your body was sort of worn out from the exercise. I have mild asthma too and usually that results in breathing problems, not feeling muscle soreness.
Post # 4
That has happened to me a few times when I haven’t eaten enough carbs that day. I’m no fitness expert, but it makes sense that if your muscles get energy from carb sugars first, you might start slowly until your body starts to access fat stores and whatnot. It could also be dehydration, if you tend toward that or if you sweat a lot. It’s gross…but I sweat like a workhorse in the gym. Just continue to be careful and listen to your body, so you stay safe! Happy workout!
Post # 5
This has definitely happened to me. I’ma runner, and I often find that some days, I just have a bad run. Sometimes, there is a clear contributor, like being dehydrated or tired, but sometimes, it’s just a bad workout day for no apparent reason. I also sometimes have days where I *should* have a bad run because it’s hot or I didn’t get much sleep, etc, but I feel great. I guess the reverse is also true.
The body is a mysterious thing.
Post # 6
I agree it’s probably related to what you’d eaten in the lead up. I’ve been a lunch time gym goer for years and this year switched to after work – it took me months to re-adjust my eating so it would get me through to dinner time. Now I have about 150g low fat greek yoghurt about 60-90 minutes before my workout and that seems to work. I have carbs and protein about 4 hours before that (for lunch). It can take some time to figure out what will work for you!
Post # 7
For me it is usually if i have not drank enough water or i haven’t eaten… your blood sugar could have been low
Post # 8
Thanks for all the input! I forgot to add that my breathing was feeling off as well. I took a 30 minute abs-focused class last night that only raised my heart rate slightly and I was having breathing issues, like I wasn’t able to breath deeply enough. For an hour or so after that, I didn’t really feel well and I felt like my breathing was shallow. This asthma stuff is new to me, but I think that’s what the problem was. My inhaler didn’t really help even though I used it about 30 minutes before the class last night. I am going to take today off from the gym and hope I can return tomorrow!
Post # 9
Were you dehydrated? At least around here it’s been really hot and I get a similar feeling when I haven’t drank enough.
Post # 10
I have exercise-induced asthma and sometimes it flares up….a LOT of things seem to factor into it for me….like humidity in the room and temperature. I sometimes will stop, walk around, put my hands on my head, and force these ginormous breaths in. Usually does the trick. Maybe you just had an off day. Keep hydrated–if i’m dehydrated, mine seems worse.
Post # 11
I get off days like that sometimes. Oftentimes it’s not enough food or carbs – last night my lifting started like that, but a small cup of applesauce fixed me almost immediately – and dehydration or lack of sleep are other culprits. Sometimes they just happen, though. Just like those really good days when everything comes easy and feels great.