Alcohol and Strength???
- 06-16-2010, 08:50 AM
Alcohol and Strength???
Is there a correlation between alcohol and loss of strength? This past weekend I had a few (too many) beers with friends. We drank Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
I usually drink 6 beers on Fridays, but since it's the summer and many friends are visiting, enjoying their free time, etc., we ended up drinking quite a bit.
I did not go to the gym on Monday because I still felt a little hung over, so I went to bed quite early and slept about 12 hours.
On Tuesday I went to the gym and ALL my lifts had to be done with about 20-30 lbs of weight less than what I was used to. I felt extremely weak, as if I had taken a 3-month gym break.
Did this happen due to the alcohol? How does alcohol interact with muscles and weight training?
- 06-16-2010, 09:01 AM
Dehydration, disorientation, lessened mind muscle connection. fatigue.
- 06-16-2010, 09:10 AM
I was not disoriented either: I slept more than enough.
I might have been fatigued, I don't know, but with all that sleeping?
Lessend mind-muscle connection: This sounds interesting. Would you happen to have a link that discusses this?
06-16-2010, 09:15 AM
Just give it a few days and you'll be fine. Many people are wayyy too quick to claim alcohol causes strength and fitness loss. It's just empty calories, and too much is poison to your body. But the same applies to many mainstream food & drinks (IE: fast food and sodas).
06-16-2010, 09:19 AM
06-16-2010, 11:39 AM
Do not quote me as I am NOT POSITIVE but I think alcohol or an excess amount of it can lower test levels for a SHORT time....not positive DeadAim what do you think?.....Always have been a knowledgeable guy
06-16-2010, 12:01 PM
excessive alcohol consumption can cause disrupted breathing through out the night which in turn causes poor sleep.
(old article but shows not only how alcohol affects the first night of rest but also the night after with zero consumption)
(decreased REM sleep)
(significantly increases both obstructive sleep apnoea frequency and mean sleep cardiac frequency)
(All measures of GH, including total integral for bedtime hours, mean hourly rate, and peak level, were similarly affected by alcohol.)
06-16-2010, 12:43 PM
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07-21-2010, 10:34 PM
Sounds to me like it's in your head.. just saying.
Seems like you're telling yourself it effects you so to you, it does.
07-21-2010, 11:50 PM
nah man, i guy i look up to alot he lifted for like 20 years and he told me if im taking supplements and drinking ( i used to drink alot, your one weekend was like every weekend for me except beer was more like crown royal ) i might as well be burning money because i can kiss all my gains goodbye and creatine gets pissed out faster than ever protein is disposed and what not, he didnt have alot of science behind what he was telling me but if you seen him you wouldnt question him whatever he was doing was more than working
07-28-2010, 06:12 PM
"In another study, two to three beers per day was shown to lower Testosterone levels by 6.8 percent during a three-week period. (15)"
(From Muscleheads guide to alcohol)
Ouch! I need every percent I can get...
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07-28-2010, 06:19 PM
08-01-2010, 10:52 PM
Alcohol significantly decreases test levels. Recent studies have found that the decrease in test was at the 12 hour mark and remained consistently lowered for 24-48 hours after consumption. Alcohol also increases cortisol production and cortisol inhibits test production. As long as higher levels of cortisol are present test levels will remain lower....
Why does alcohol inhibit test production? Simple explanation....
Some of the enzymes that are needed to produce testosterone are also utilized by the human body to break down alcohol content, thus inhibiting test production (yes believe it or not the testes possess enzymes used in the breakdown of alcohol). Alcohol and its breakdown takes precedence and bodily enzymes used in test production suffer as a result. Thus contributing to lower levels of test and a decrease in strength. However like the old saying goes everyone is different and will react differently. Personally I can't lift for anything after a night of heaving drinking...and usually wait a day or two before resuming. Whenever I drink I usually pop a few ZMA caps as soon as possible and try to drink water between drinks to help with dehydration.
I have a bunch of studies to post to cite my sources, but I am not at 50 posts. All of my studies are from legitimate sources (New England Journal of Medicine, NIH, etc.).
08-02-2010, 03:31 PM
i never feel an effect.. As long as i eat a huge meal and drink a couple gatorades i will be fine to train...
Brian Schawb sp noted in his logs that he drinks a 3-4 beers a nite after training and hes setting world records...
08-02-2010, 04:42 PM
Arnold Schwarzenegger also used to drink and smoke, directly after and during weight lifting sessions, and he is freaking Arnold.
The studies I read did mention that ultimately it does come down to genetics, and like the saying goes everyone responds differently.
08-02-2010, 06:47 PM
Schwab and Schwarz are/were also not 100% natural. When 'chemical enhancements' are involved it changes the overall effects of alcohol in the body. Alcohol is still affecting the body in the same manner, but because the hormone levels are elevated it isn't quite causing the testosterone-lowering effects like it does in those who are 'natural'. I know Brian Schwab personally and he's an awesome individual and an incredible lifter so this is not a knock on him at all. Just wanted to state the facts...
I usually go alcohol-free about a week to 10 days before a meet. Whether it makes a difference or not, I don't know. It's OK to enjoy a couple beers/drinks now and then. Just remember that moderation is key.
-- JB \m/
"There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson
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