three years ago I placed dead last in a bodybuilding competition. The years before this I had competed as a teen, which was a much different ball game. I decided bodybuilding was useless, selfish, and full of hubris so quit. That lasted one year, until I started to remember all the great things about it: sense of purpose, drive, being competitive.
I scrapped everything I had done in the past, and studied back on all the books I had acquired from Mark Rippetoe to Ellington Darden’s new HIT, but especially T-Nation. Starting from scratch worked.
Today I have been training mostly under formula for two years, and something strange is happening. Every workout I get sick. Leg day only results in squats before I’m too lightheaded or sick to my stomach to continue. This goes on down the line for bench, shoulders, and deads. I feel I can no longer get the work in that is necessary to improve.
At worst it takes around three hours of feeling as if I have the flu to recover. This has affected my attendance in school, and quality of life. I need weights in my life, they keep a person sane. Its honorable to put yourself through pain others don’t want to endure. How do I fix this? Any theories on a cause?