One of the most frustrating things about following any type of exercise regimen is failing to see improvements.In my case, I have been working out to get stronger, so I try to see either rep or weight gains in whatever I do, especially with squats or the bench press.
Unfortunately, there have been a few times when I actually not only didn’t see some form of improvement, but even (GASP!), strength loss.Considering all the time and effort I put in to working out, the normal rush I would get from a kick ass workout is over-powered by holding back tears and fighting back depression because I just lifted less then I was able to a few days ago.
Okay, not necessarily depression and tears, but you get the idea.Instead of pouting, the best thing that I have found to do in such cases is analyze everything that I have been doing on both the days that I feel on and days that I feel off.
Rather than going to the gym and knowing what I will be working out, I have found that it is important to take a more macro view of the day.There is a method to the madness.Knowing what you will be eating and when, along with how much can make a huge difference.Another thing that I have recently discovered, which may be obvious for some but was not for until last week, was how much of a difference a day without my Labrada LeanBody60 makes.
I normally take a few of these shakes a day, though not at the recommended dosage. (I just can’t stomach 4 scoops in one sitting).I ran out of my latest batch last week, and went a few days without taking it.Boy, was there a noticeable difference.On my squat day, I could barely budge 225 lbs, and it was pretty embarrassing to load up plates, fail to move them, then drop the weight (and it’s not even that much!).I normally start my squats from a low position, so getting them up is often the toughest part.
At the time, I was pissed.When I got home, I actually thought about how I had been sleeping and eating, and both of those were pretty normal for me.The one thing I pinpointed was the shakes that supplement my diet with approximately 50g or protein and another 20g or carbs.
Am I happy that my performance may be worse on days without a supplement? No.Could it be just all mental, and this whole “method” and analyzing all the little things you do each day is just a crock? Quite possibly. But, if it’s a crock I need to see gains, I guess I’ll have to live with it.