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  1. Throwing up after a workout


    I've been pushing myself pretty hard in the gym. I've been hitting PRs in nearly every set nearly once a week.

    The last few workouts, I felt pretty bad nausea by the end. And, in some cases stopped early because I felt I'd overdone it.

    My most recent workout was legs and I hit it HARD. Every set to failure in the 8 to 12 rep range. Again, I had to stop before the last two exercises because I was starting to feel sick. And, in fact, 4 minutes into my drive home I had to pull over and vomit. I figure I lost about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of stomach content.

    I worked out at 1 and my only intake prior to that was a protein shake (with some fruit) at 10am and jpx8 / Nos Ether at noon.

    I also took Nutra Innovations Burn Xtreme at 10a.

    So, the experience left me with some questions.

    * Is it bad to get sick at the end of a workout? Or, does it mean I gave it my all?

    * Would it be better to hold back on some of my early sets so I'm well enough to finish the entire workout? Or, is it better to give it everything I've got on every exercise and trust that my body will adjust over time and I'll eventually be able to get through the entire workout?

    * I've read conflicting advice about eating before a workout and sort of fell on the side of it's better to give the muscles the nutrients they need. Most advice seems to suggest that you need to have some protein and carbs relatively close to the workout in order for the muscles to benefit from it. But, I had my shake 3 hours before my workout and when I threw up, it was clearly my shake that came out. So, is there an adjustment I should make so I'm getting the nutrients my muscles need while not causing digestion problems during my workout?

    BTW, I'm 55 years old and after being very inconsistent with my workouts and diet over the last several years, have been quite consistent in the gym for about 7 months. So, I don't think this nausea can be attributed to my body not being used to lifting.
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  2. I get this whenever I don't have enough solid food before my workout. You over do it for the amount of energy you have which is low to begin with without food. Maybe try eating something solid before your workout
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by Bodybeast View Post
    I get this whenever I don't have enough solid food before my workout. You over do it for the amount of energy you have which is low to begin with without food. Maybe try eating something solid before your workout
    So you think it might be because I only have liquid in my stomach? I was thinking solids would cause even more digestive problems. No?

    How soon before a workout would you have solids? And what's ideal to eat? And how much?
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  4. Quote Originally Posted by Kaprice View Post
    So you think it might be because I only have liquid in my stomach? I was thinking solids would cause even more digestive problems. No?

    How soon before a workout would you have solids? And what's ideal to eat? And how much?
    Most people eat some kind of carb source before working out ESPECIALLY if you're going to have a hard, heavy workout. You need glycogen storage in your muscles to perform optimally. No carbs for over 12 hours means that storage is depleted and working out on top of it is bound to make anyone sick.

    Usually 1.5-2 hours pre-workout is fine. That's what I do but I also digest slowly so just play with the timing till it works right. Too close to workout time will make you feel lethargic and possibly sick, but enough space will allow you to do those workouts.

    A banana 45 minutes pre-workout is good. Oats or toast with peanut butter are also good in the morning for glycogen replenishment
    Even a bowl of cereal 1.5 hours pre-workout would work. Protein shakes have too few carbs to be a good source

  5. Well, 3 hours prior to my workout, I had a protein shake with 1/2 a banana, 1 orange, and 4 frozen strawberries. So, that was plenty of carbs, but it was liquified. And, 3 hours prior. But, it was clear a good portion of that shake was still in my stomach.
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by Kaprice View Post
    Well, 3 hours prior to my workout, I had a protein shake with 1/2 a banana, 1 orange, and 4 frozen strawberries. So, that was plenty of carbs, but it was liquified. And, 3 hours prior. But, it was clear a good portion of that shake was still in my stomach.
    Orange and strawberries don't provide that much. Compared to a slice of toast with peanut butter that's a huge difference

  7. Cool. I'll try that. Thanks!
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  8. You've already gotten great advice, but I second some more carbs closer to before your workout. I tend to do protein powder mixed with cream of rice about an hour before.
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  9. Quote Originally Posted by Aleksandar37 View Post
    You've already gotten great advice, but I second some more carbs closer to before your workout. I tend to do protein powder mixed with cream of rice about an hour before.
    My challenge is that my PWO is JPX8 and Nos Ether. Label says not to combine with protein. I guess I can do some solid carbs with the PWO. Maybe the toast and PB suggested above.

    I wonder if the caution against combining with protein applies to the protein in peanut butter.
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  10. How soon before training do you take your pre? You'll have to ask the Diesel guys for clarification on why they say not to take with protein.
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  11. Well, the day I threw up, I had a Gold Standard shake w/ some fruit at 10a, JPX8/Nos Ether at 12p (taken over 30 minute timeframe), and worked out at 1p.
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  12. It could simply be that the pres are what bugging your stomach... since food is a very natural thing to be digesting, and you're having it far away from your workout, it makes more sense that the pre is the issue.

    Drop it completely for a workout and see how it goes.
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  13. I'm 50 yrs old and pumping iron is my lifestyle.. it sounds to me like you started BioIdentical hormone therapy.. now that you are working out your body is not used to the extra blood flow to the muscle tissue. When you drink the preworkout your stomach starts to work to digest it and break it down, you are stealing that blood flow to engourge your muscles to pump. Your stomach reacts by emptying the contents. As your muscles grow, your body should react over time, and get better. A side note as we age we have a harder time dealing with some preworkouts I stick with no stim to low stim pre's

  14. Thanks, MuscleTrap. I don't know what BioIdentical hormone therapy is, but I AM taking 11KT-Spray and Invictus.

    I've been working out consistently -- and to failure each set -- since May, so it seems unlikely that only now is my body struggling with the extra blood flow to the muscles.

    My preworkout drink (jpx8 and nos either) are relatively stim free.


    Quote Originally Posted by MuscleTrap View Post
    I'm 50 yrs old and pumping iron is my lifestyle.. it sounds to me like you started BioIdentical hormone therapy.. now that you are working out your body is not used to the extra blood flow to the muscle tissue. When you drink the preworkout your stomach starts to work to digest it and break it down, you are stealing that blood flow to engourge your muscles to pump. Your stomach reacts by emptying the contents. As your muscles grow, your body should react over time, and get better. A side note as we age we have a harder time dealing with some preworkouts I stick with no stim to low stim pre's
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  15. I'm running a bulk cycle right now, and I don't see a successful leg day unless I puke once.. I think I've used every preworkout there is out there, I've had the best success so far with a mix of half scoop GAT NitraFlex, and full scoop Nitr-Ox I've been using this for 2 weeks workout 8 on 2 off daily splits, and while I fight a little nausea here and there no pukes..

  16. Have you tried working out while fasted? I find not only am I more lethargic if I workout after consuming food, but I also tend to feel less nauseous.
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  17. Yeah, I'm leaning towards the idea that it's just the natural outcome of pushing my body to its limit.
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  18. Quote Originally Posted by habajaba View Post
    Have you tried working out while fasted? I find not only am I more lethargic if I workout after consuming food, but I also tend to feel less nauseous.
    I used to work out fasted but it was strongly recommended that I stop doing that so my muscles have the stuff they need for building.
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  19. Quote Originally Posted by Kaprice View Post
    I used to work out fasted but it was strongly recommended that I stop doing that so my muscles have the stuff they need for building.
    Not sure that's the only way to manage that. I'm no expert, but I take HMB along with a quality PWO (RagNOrok) and intra (RPG). I then follow with a quality protein shake (PES or USP, mostly) post workout. Haven't had an issue adding muscle and dropping fat while working out in a fasted state.
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  20. Quote Originally Posted by Kaprice View Post
    Yeah, I'm leaning towards the idea that it's just the natural outcome of pushing my body to its limit.
    I don't generally feel really nauseous unless I push insanely hard. I think it was way back when I first tried P90X Plyometrics the last time I actually went and heaved over a toilet. Bonus for working out fasted? There was almost nothing in there to throw up besides the pre.
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  21. I'm confused, Haba. How is it working out fasted if you have a PWO?
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  22. Supplements aren't food. Unless you're taking something loaded with carbs, I don't believe a PWO or BCAA/EAA product counts as breaking a fast. I consider it breaking the fast when the post workout shake goes down the hatch...
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  23. OK. Well, today is bicep/tricep. I didn't have a protein shake. I'm still fasted. It's 12:30p. I'll take my jpx8/nos ether and go work out in an hour.

    I'll report back. Though since this is smaller muscles, I may not have the same level of stress as when I did legs.
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  24. How'd it go?
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  25. Oops. yeah, I forgot to post back.

    I pushed it HARD. Made improvements in reps or weight or both in every exercise.

    No nausea, but I did start burping around the last 4 sets.

    I felt no noticeable loss in energy or strength by going in fasted.

    I'll try that again on my next few workouts to see if I get similar results when I hit the bigger muscles (legs / back).

    And BOY, did I hit the arms hard. That was Friday. Today is Monday and my arms are STILL sore. It feels like my workout was yesterday!

    Plus, I seemed to have done something to my shoulders. I have very low range of motion and some minor pain and twinges when I reach with my arms at various angles or positions.
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