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    Squats -> hypoglycemic

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    Started lifting weights a few weeks ago, so my figures arnt exactley up there, but im pushing myself hard. Im squatting with two twenty kilo weights on the bar, and going right down. I do four sets of eight reps. I feel slightly dizzy after the last two sets, and when i get home fifteen minutes later, i feel really dizzy, almost want to throw up, and am all shaky. The other workouts i did tonight were bench press and decline bench press.
    I dont want to self diagnose, and i certainly dont want to stop squatting, so what is going on here? I am eating fairly high carb at the moment, and fluid levels are fine (never thirsty, plenty of water in food and drinking lots). The last important factor, which i have ommited due to its absolute un-primality, is that i have been taking a pre workout supp called jack3d. Nasty stuff. But gets me pumped as. It contains a lot of caffeine and a few other "active ingredients". It has happened when i have not used the pre workout though.
    Thought? Queries? Jibes?

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    Once your body gets used to squatting, it will subside. I'd drop the supplement... as you proress into primal eating, you'll have the energy naturally.

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    You could get a cheap glucometer to verify that it is actual hypoglycemia if you have any doubt. I got a free OneTouch with 10 strips off of a website. If it is hypoglycemia, eating lower carb could help since it tends to level out your blood sugar.

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    1. Don't waste your time with the decline bench.
    2. Stop the sugar water pre-workout.
    3. The dizzy when really pushing hard is normal; I'll get light headed during the last few reps of a heavy deadlift set, but after recovery I don't get the shaky blood-sugar crash feeling. I bet without the "supplement" you won't, either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CE402 View Post
    1. Don't waste your time with the decline bench.
    2. Stop the sugar water pre-workout.
    3. The dizzy when really pushing hard is normal; I'll get light headed during the last few reps of a heavy deadlift set, but after recovery I don't get the shaky blood-sugar crash feeling. I bet without the "supplement" you won't, either.
    This.

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    Couple of thoughts:
    1/ take it slowly; throwing up is for CrossFitters, but most people can do well without it; also your gym manager is probably not too keen
    2/ dizzy immediately after the set is fine, but it should go away very quickly; take 3-5min between the sets (sitting down! no supersetting) and the last set should be not much worse than the first one
    3/ consider doing a 5x5 protocol - more strength, less endurance
    4/ dont bench without a spotter if you are dizzy; even better: dont bench without a spotter; even better: do overhead presses instead (or at least alternating); lose the incline press, at least for now
    5/ consider adding deadlifts 1x per week
    6/ eat normally, certainly no caffeine crap or sugar pre-lifting. your volume (=reps x weight) is low enough that your metabolism can handle it so lack of fuel wont be a problem. get some protein (and carbs, if you want) post workout
    7/ get rest - sleep at night, and hit the gym at most every 48 hours
    8/ have fun! increasing the squat is awesome

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    Are you exhaling properly on the upward movement of the squat?
    You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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    Jack3d doesn't have sugar in it. It's a nitric oxide product, also with beta alanine, creatine, and caffeine. Mostly for workout focus and stamina. Not for everyone.

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    @RezH Maybe Jack3d is a bit of an overkill then for a 60kg squat? Apart from it being rather non-primal of course...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
    Are you exhaling properly on the upward movement of the squat?
    I don't exhale. I tend to hold my breath for two reps at a time to maintain form. But if the OP is getting dizzy, breathing is probably a good thing.

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