What causes shaky lifting?
03-24-2008 01:00 PM
What causes shaky lifting?
My biggest obstacle to weight training gains is days that I feel shaky. It is frustrating. Anyone else deal with this regularly?
Some days I can do a lot of weight, and some days the same amount makes me shaky and a little lightheaded. I've eaten the same breakfast and gotten the same amount of sleep, so I don't know. My blood sugar does run low (90's), but I drink cytomax during the whole workout. My avg blood pressure is 120/80, so that's not low. I do have some adrenal fatigue and low cortisol, and take a couple pellets of isocort on workout mornings... maybe it's not enough. Anything else, like dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, allergies? Also, I might try having a protein shake BEFORE workout instead of after.
P.S. I should mention... I do not do any stims, not even coffee.
03-26-2008 11:08 PM
I was thinking stimulants for sure until i saw the PS.
Shouldn't be dehydration if your drinking cytomax during and that has electrolytes in it too.
Whats your training like... a lot of machines.. barbells.. dumbells? It could be improper development of stabilizer muscles, which using free weights with dumbells > Barbells for would help and maybe some more core work... but judging from your avatar your core seems fine.
03-26-2008 11:10 PM
How old are you? Maybe you're developing parkinson's
03-26-2008 11:28 PM
Nah, its pretty common for me too man, however its usually on the days that I take stims. The only thing that I can say its caused from is the intensity of our lifting. Sometimes i just get reallllly shaky and its DAMN ANNOYING, but seriously dude, i just blast my music louder and push through it. It will either go away or just linger for a bit during your workout. I really dont think its anything to trip out about, but i have noticed that it happens mainly when i dont drink enough water throughout the day beforehand. I thought i was low bloodsugar once and ate a powerbar but it did nothing.
Does this happen every day or....
03-27-2008 08:27 AM
Originally Posted by leetuser
Jeez, hope not... I am 33. I don't have any kind of tremors when not lifting.
I tried drinking more water and a protein shake before working out (instead of after) and it seemed to help.
03-27-2008 10:22 AM
IMO, it can be caused from an imbalance with the opposing muscles... opposing muscles are weaker than the working muscles.
I get this sometimes w/ seated calf-raises (front of lower leg isn't a strong point for me), and rarely with leg extensions (hams slightly behind quad development).
03-27-2008 11:48 AM
Might be, but I'm getting it with almost all upper body excercises... curls, bench press, lats, dips, pull-ups.
Originally Posted by ShakesAllDay
I also have some anxiety problems, it might be related.
Thanks all, for the input.
03-28-2008 09:25 AM
Here is something interesting... I just found out that I have a gluten sensitivity (among other foods), and it can cause neuro symptoms... I'm going to cut out the problem foods and maybe will get rid of my shakiness (and anxiety!)
03-31-2008 07:05 PM
Every leg day, especially ones that include calves, leave me walking and standing with leg trembles. Like when I'm just randomly walking I sometimes have to catch my balance when one of my knee joints collapses really fast.
The only exercise I shake on while doing though is barbell bench press for some reason. I don't do it very often, usually use dumbbells for bench, but always shake when doing any decent amount of weight (like 250+) no matter what.
03-31-2008 07:19 PM
thats the way leg days are supposed to feel
Originally Posted by goslamacamel
03-31-2008 09:25 PM
dude its def. anxiety I have major anxiety, and I shake all the time, i hate it.
It usually happens when i get nervous about working out with other people, or if i know im going to try uping my weight on something, or if I had a earlier stressful day, well thats what it is for me anyways,some days its real bad others its not all really depends on whats happening that day
04-01-2008 08:39 AM
I shake when I lift heavy. I remember in high schools my friends would be like WTF? I think its genetic though, my dad was a competitive BB back in the day and he always shook just like I do. Some people do, some people don't I guess
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