Why I’m stronger and more tired than ever

August 23, 2023 by Joshua
in Fitness

Does being stronger than ever conflict with being more tired than ever?

I’ll show they don’t conflict.

My six-day exercise cycle means that every other day I either do full-body weight-bearing exercises (Turkish get-ups, kettlebell swings, and farmers walks), three sets of six lifts (two leg, two push, two pull), or a cardiovascular exercise. Other days I recover, though on all days I still do my burpee-based calisthenics.

On recovery days, I’m tired and sometimes sore. On those days I think to myself, “I’m so sore, I should take it easy tomorrow,” especially when the next day is a lifting day. I think I should use lighter weights or do fewer repetitions. I also think of how I’m older than when I started.

Then, nearly every time, before lifting I get psyched not to let up, but to do a full workout, as challenging as the last time. The result: I nearly always do the full workout. I’ve done them enough that I don’t injure myself. I do them consistently enough that my muscles can handle it, even if they’re tired.

The result: From lifting the weights, I keep getting stronger. From almost never taking a break, I’m always recovering or sore. I’m as tired as ever while also being as strong as ever.


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