Everyone experiences varying levels of performance in the gym. Otherwise we’d all be achieving a new PR each time we lift. I’ve kept a fairly detailed log of my performance over the last year including my diet, sleep, stress levels and performance in the gym.
I rate my performance in the gym 1-4 where 1 is poor performance; little to no pump; poor strength etc. 4 = phenomenal pump; PR strength etc. One pattern seems to be consistent over the last year: My performance cycles consistently.
It typically goes from 2’s and 3’s for a few weeks. Followed by a week or two in a row of 4’s. If I have two weeks in a row of 4’s for a particular workout (i.e. chest/tris) then it is commonly followed by a poor workout (what I would consider a ‘1’).
What I’m looking for is some perspective.
Do others generally experience this cyclical performance?
Does anyone have suggestions or insight into what causes the low-points in these cycles?
Is it as simple as I need more recovery time? And increase my food intake?
I’ve also noticed that my stomach feels like it produces more acid during these times and my sweat smells a little like ammonia. I’ve read some articles indicating this might be a lack of water and/or carbohydrates.
Thanks in advance for any insights. Sorry if this is the wrong forum for this post. I guess the mods will move it if they see fit.