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Shaking After a Set

Sometimes after I complete a set I begin to shake. I know it is normal, (especially on squats,) but what is the cause for it?

Define shaking. If you’re having some kind of seizure that is not normal. If you’ve just done a really hard set and you’re quivering a bit that will probably lesson and go away as you train longer. I couldn’t give you the micro science explaining the precise cause.

[quote]Tiribulus wrote:
Define shaking. If you’re having some kind of seizure that is not normal. If you’ve just done a really hard set and you’re quivering a bit that will probably lesson and go away as you train longer. I couldn’t give you the micro science explaining the precise cause.[/quote]

Its like a spasm that I can’t control you know the way your legs shake after squats? It’s like that only with my hands

At a hazardous guess, id say its your CNS freaking out :slight_smile:
If your doing heavy weights, take at LEAST 2 minutes going on 3 to let your CNS recover.
Your CNS takes near twice as long as your body to recover.
Try that out
:slight_smile:

low blood sugar perhaps? i usually shake after my workouts but once i take my Surge it stops…

I used to pair arms and legs and sometimes after a particularly intense leg workout I’d go to do curls (happened most often with preacher curls) and my legs would start spasming, a little at first but then it’d get worse and worse until I could barely stay on the machine. It’d subside almost immediately after I stopped putting forth effort on the weight.

My god… this is becoming kinda freaky.

Who cares? Just lift! EVERYONE shakes! eat lift eat lift… lift eat lift eat… rest and repeat.

I am all for education and for increasing ones knowledge in the iron game, but FFS - ?

It is CNS i remember someone asking Thibs about this on his old Q&A column- you might be able to search it.

EDIT: I got curious and looked for you:
"CT,last night while I was doing deadlifts my left leg just suddenly started twitching. I had already done my squats before them, so I was wondering if this could be because my body was too fatigued or is it something else? I am also trying to increase my strength, so I usually never go above 4-5 reps.

  1. Training both the back squat and conventional deadlift in the same workout is a mistake IMHO. You can do front squats and deadlifts or back squat and Romanian deadlifts though.

  2. The twitching is a sign of CNS overload and it is something that happens quite often with athletes doing a very intensive phase of lifting. In fact, Coach Poliquin once told me that if the athletes is not twitching or shaking 1-2 hours after a session of cluster training, then they slacked off! "

[quote] Brook wrote:
My god… this is becoming kinda freaky.

Who cares? Just lift! EVERYONE shakes! eat lift eat lift… lift eat lift eat… rest and repeat.

I am all for education and for increasing ones knowledge in the iron game, but FFS - ?[/quote]

Chill out man, not everyone knows bodybuilding front and back. I’m sorry if you are hurt by my question but I am curious about the sport I love. I guess some people just don’t understand.And actually it should probably go EAT LIFT REST EAT LIFT REST.

thank you to all who were respectful and answered to the best of your knowledge. I appreciate it

This happens to me as well. I feel fizzy as well, disoriented and sometimes I taste vomit. To assure myself, I try to walk a straight line about 10 paces. This is extremely challenging but usually at the end of 10 paces I regain some semblance of orientation.

Only after deadlifts :slight_smile:

No offense. but some of you are worried about common biological effects that should be expected.

This is called the flight or fight response. You just shocked your body and now your adrenalin is through the roof since your body is primed and ready to either help you escape what it perceives as a threat or fight it.

Let’s stop getting worked up over simple shit.

I am glad someone is working hard enough to shake afterwards on this site, though.

Maybe they can teach the other 4,000 people who just go through the motions what to do.

I don’t know how long you have been lifting but it should subside after you’ve trained for a while & your body/CNS compensates. As long as it does not interfere with your actual set.

For me it was hydration - keep that H20 intake up or you’ll get simultaneous quad/hamstring cramps in both legs as you get up to get off the bus after leg day (oh, wait, that was me)

If in doubt ask your doctor. The “only my hands shake after doing squats” <?> had me puzzled.

[quote]Stength4life wrote:
Brook wrote:
My god… this is becoming kinda freaky.

Who cares? Just lift! EVERYONE shakes! eat lift eat lift… lift eat lift eat… rest and repeat.

I am all for education and for increasing ones knowledge in the iron game, but FFS - ?

Chill out man, not everyone knows bodybuilding front and back. I’m sorry if you are hurt by my question but I am curious about the sport I love. I guess some people just don’t understand.And actually it should probably go EAT LIFT REST EAT LIFT REST.

thank you to all who were respectful and answered to the best of your knowledge. I appreciate it

[/quote]

‘Curious about the sport i love’? possibly… i would consider it asking the wrong questions.

Thankyou for the tip too… You have really enlightened me there, this really WAS a useful thread.

Thankyou.

[quote]Professor X wrote:
No offense. but some of you are worried about common biological effects that should be expected.

This is called the flight or fight response. You just shocked your body and now your adrenalin is through the roof since your body is primed and ready to either help you escape what it perceives as a threat or fight it.

Let’s stop getting worked up over simple shit.

I am glad someone is working hard enough to shake afterwards on this site, though.

Maybe they can teach the other 4,000 people who just go through the motions what to do.[/quote]

True, but TBH - it should be a given that one shakes after training. Shit, i noticed it years ago and assumed then, that it is because of the stresses of the work. I am into the theory of exercise science to an half decent level, but still…!

I really think that if shaking after a workout is worthy of analyzing to this degree, then no-one would have time to work out - having to figure out the details of every minor physiological hiccup that occurs.

I apologise i have been so negative in this forum recently - i am REALLY disappointed by the quality of many of the posts and posters. There is a blurring between ‘Beginner’, ‘Fitness’, ‘Lift Weights 2x a Week’, and ‘Bodybuilding’ IMO.

OP - it isnt a personal attack on YOU, i know nothing about you (26 posts, no stats - wonder why) - it is my opinion that this forum deserves higher quality discussion than this is all.

JJ

I shake uncontrollably every leg day. The worst of it comes after hamstrings and then it really maxes out after my 20 rep quad set.
Totally normal.

This might be a little bit off topic, but what about severe dizzyness? After deadlifts and sometimes squats, balancing on my own feet is a challenge. I do not have hardcore shaking limbs, but I feel like I got hit by a truck and there is a ton of blood rushing into/out of my head. Prof X probably knows the answer, if it is different from above.

[quote]Professor X wrote:
No offense. but some of you are worried about common biological effects that should be expected.

This is called the flight or fight response. You just shocked your body and now your adrenalin is through the roof since your body is primed and ready to either help you escape what it perceives as a threat or fight it.

Let’s stop getting worked up over simple shit.

I am glad someone is working hard enough to shake afterwards on this site, though.

Maybe they can teach the other 4,000 people who just go through the motions what to do.[/quote]

exactly

you need to convince your body and mind that lifting/pushing/pulling this weight is a matter of life and death

Dizziness is generally a result of not breathing properly.

[quote]njrusmc wrote:
This might be a little bit off topic, but what about severe dizzyness? After deadlifts and sometimes squats, balancing on my own feet is a challenge. I do not have hardcore shaking limbs, but I feel like I got hit by a truck and there is a ton of blood rushing into/out of my head. Prof X probably knows the answer, if it is different from above.[/quote]

Same stimulus, different response. Nausea is usually associated with the larger muscle groups, like legs or back, and is usually the response to abnormal levels of stress.