I’ve been going to the gym for almost two years now, in a serious fashion.
I get that we all have ‘bad’ workouts, just like we have good ones - there are days where I do a spin class and crank that tension up to a bazillion and sweat and feel pretty amazing when I’m finished. These days don’t happen all the time, just occasionally and are a gift when they happen. Then there are days where I get in there, crank it up, sweat and just feel glad to be done when it’s over. These are more usual, happening most of the time. That’s not a bad feeling, just you know - I did what I came here to do. (And just using spin as an example, substitute weight lifting or elliptical or whatever.)
Occasionally, of course, everybody (I think?) has a bad workout day. Maybe you’re getting sick or getting over it, didn’t get enough sleep, blah, whatever. You try to go hard, but it’s like you’re caught in a giant tub of syrup and every move takes 10 times as much effort. You don’t really want to be there, you rocked up to do it anyway, and now it sucks and it hurts and it’s just hard to move at all, your attitude is bad and you feel awful and when you’re done (if you finish it all) you feel worse than when you started.
This last ‘bad’ workout used to be a once in a blue moon thing for me, maybe once a month or so (sometimes but not always coinciding with the other once a month thing I get :p). Lately, though, it’s more like once a week or once a fortnight and I just don’t know why.
So help me out here, why? Should I be eating something, or not eating something (happy to share my eating habits or whatever)? Am I doing something wrong? Is it mental? Physical? I really feel like I’m moving through syrup and everything is ten times as hard as it should be. I haven’t upped my weights more than normal. It seems to happen more in cardio than weightlifting, but I don’t think I’m pushing myself harder than usual - although usual is pretty hard, I’m not there to look pretty.
What’s going on here?