Does strength ever mysteriously go down?
Let’s include also speed and endurance there.
Keyword, “mysteriously”. As in literally everything in your life outside of the gym is just fine, and then when it’s time to workout, for some bizarre reason your fitness level is just… Diminished. And there you are wondering what the heck you did wrong.
I remember reading an article by sir Thibaudeau where he mentioned that progress is never steady, instead it comes in random SPURTS. Now, these past several months, for the first time in my life, I’ve taken my cardiovascular fitness seriously, and I can tell you for a fact that that was never the case with me… Until I added strength work into the mix. Dude, I swear, I’m still in the phase of my program where I’m not even close to squatting at my full capacity, and yet the “interference effect” is ALREADY rearing it’s ugly head. And I literally have been squatting for only THREE WEEKS so far. There was a time when I couldn’t do ten minutes in the machine when I regularly have been pumping more than 14 minutes in it three days a week for two weeks, just because I had a super mild squat workout beforehand. And then after that, literally when my gout calmed down with a MISSED cardio session, I had a personal record of 16 minutes unplanned (going from 15 minutes and 20 seconds).
I’m sorry, friends, if I’m overthinking this. I just feel like I should ask. Does our fitness capacity mysteriously hop around WITHOUT obvious causes, or there’s always something we did wrong that we haven’t figured out yet? That’s my question.
For what it’s worth, my chosen cardio apparatus is the stairmaster.