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Exercises / Bad gym days lately
« on: September 14, 2011, 09:52:41 AM »
Hey here, but I figured this was the best place to get answers.

I've been on a strict paleo diet for the past 6 weeks and have never felt better.  However, I have one issue that I was hoping to get some help with...

I'm 5'8, and I started off 6 weeks ago at 202 lbs.  I am now down to 189 as a type.

On my non workout days I'm getting about 1400 calories in.  Targets are about 35g Carb, 60g Fat, 160g Protein (which I don't always hit).  On the days I workout I usually get in about 1800 with the same ratios.  I have recently started mountain biking again (2 weeks ago).......which I think may be contributing to my poor days at the gym.  I wonder if I'm not draining myself too much of glycogen be going out riding for 2-1/2 hours on a Saturday afternoon, and then maybe 1 to 2 short 1 hour rides riding the week.  I would much rather bike than hit an elliptical or something for an hour.

For the past 1-1/2 weeks my days at the gym have not gone well at all.  I have been doing a 5x5 program that includes squat, rows, overhead press / squat, deadlift, bench.  I have noticed that I am getting strong on most of my workouts.  2 weeks ago I hit the 65 lb dumbbells for flat bench press and was able to EASILY complete 4 set of 5 reps and then need a tiny little bit of help on my last rep of the 5th set.

......last week I felt great and went to the gym expecting to POWER through my current weights only to find out that I barely even got through 2 sets of the 65s.  I figured my biking may have been the cause and I needed to re-carb up so I switched to 2 consecutive days of high carb/low fat in an attempt to get some strength back, but after my workout last night I found out that it didn't help.

I'm not sure what it is these past couple weeks but the weights have just felt extra heavy.

Does anyway have any ideas what could be causing my poor workouts?  Things to look for in my diet?  Could my mountain biking be the cause?

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