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Having Off Days In the Gym


#1

Hi guys, im new on here.
I've been lifting for about 2 serious years now, and had a question about off days. Every so often i'll have day in the gym where i feel like shit. Just so happens today is one of those days. Last workout i bench pressed 270 for 5 reps. Today i struggled to put up 3. Last time i did chest was about 5 days ago so my muscles are completely recuperated. I also just started my senior year in high school so im a little off schedule.

Does anyone else experience these days, and if so wht do you do to recover from this? For the most part its really a mental blow and will make me have a shitty remainder of a workout.

thx


#2

I've been there and sometimes it's part of weightlifting sleep food water rest all are invloved with keeping your stregth high on the other hand some days i go in the gym and can't do anything wrong when you're off it sucks


#3

Its usuals food for myself, though sleep could also be a big reason. If i decide to have fast food then work out hour or so later my lifts suffer badly.


#4

It's probably from the stress from starting school. Your body handles every kind of stress the same way, whether it be physical or mental stress. I just started college this week, and some of my assistant lifts that I've been doing have stalled on me, I think getting back to a routine with school in it was part of the equation why some of lifts didn't progress.


#5

When this happens to me, I just lower the weight and try to make it feel heavy.

For instance, I can leg press about 360kgs. But I was off last week. So I loaded up 240kgs and concentrated on my form, really drawing out the eccentric, pausing at the bottom and squeezing to come up.

I used a safer weight, still got a great session in.

So try just going to your capabilities. You can't be strong every day.