Do you feel stronger at the gym some day and weaker on others?
This happens more than you think, and before you jump to conclusions like, “I’m weak, idk what’s wrong with me, I need to get it together, etc” I’d like you to consider a few points:
1. SLEEP – with less than 7-9 hours of sleep/night, your body will not perform at its regular peak. And if one night of poor sleep is repeated another 3 - 4 times in a week, then you can bet your weightlifting or running speed is going to be negatively affected. (Podcast episode #13 is all about sleep!)
2. HYDRATION – 2% dehydration can negatively affect your performance. 2-3.5 liters of water per day is how much you need to keep up normal activity levels.
3. RECOVERY – are you giving yourself that rest day we talked about before? Your muscles can be fatigued, sore, and in need of TLC – give it to them!
4. YOUR DIET – no post is complete without the mention of food. Did you eat well the day before? What was your pre workout meal? Maybe you partied the night before with some alcohol? All these factors have an effect on your performance.
5. HORMONES – ladies, PMS can lower your energy levels. HOWEVER, during your period, you may be surprised to learn that your energy levels are higher! (Podcast episode #4 has all the details on this.)
All of these points and a few more can be impacting your performance. If all 5 points are happening to you at the moment, then that’s okay too! 🤣 It happens, that’s life as they say, but it’s time to work on these points one step at a time.
Tell me, which point seems to be the one that gets you every time? 📸 credit @fotogiepeople