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    Exhaustion after lifting? Pre/post WOM?

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    Another newbie lifting question or two...

    Yesterday at CF, for strength-training Monday, we focused on front squats. Wall ball to warm up, and then 3x3x3x3x3 front squats. Went well. Was jazzed.

    Today? I'm utterly exhausted. Yes, my quads are a bit sore, but it's the sheer exhaustion that took me by surprise. I'm dragging. What I don't know if this is completely unrelated to the LHT the day before, or if it's a normal reaction for someone very new to strength training/CF.

    Also, there's been a bit of discussion regarding best pre- and post-workout meals. I get the notion of HF/LC on non-lifting days and HC/LF (primal, of course!) on lifting days, and I will be basing my meals around this going forward. But what I'm not sure about is on the WO day itself, is it better to eat HC 2+ hours before lifting? After lifting? Or is this another place where everyone is different and I will need to experiment to see what works best for me?

    As always, many thanks in advance...

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    Meal timing doesn't seem to really matter, from what I can tell, except for maybe those people near the top of the athletic world. Some people like working out fasted, others like eating a few hours before the workout.

    The two big things are that you eat enough, and that you sleep enough. The amount of sleep you were getting before might not be enough anymore.

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    i agree with jfreaksho. a lot of the timing and nutrition around working out has to do with your goals. if you're looking to get big, higher carb post workout is good for refilling those spent glycogen stores. if you're in it to get strong and healthy, don't worry too much about it. personally, i love working out in a fasted state, and will even go a few hours post workout without food. figure out what works best for you and your goals.

    as far as being tired...that's normal. you worked your body hard, and it needs to rest to recover. you'll probably want to eat a lot. go for it. also, if you're new to this routine and it hasn't started yet, get ready to be sore. DOMS can set in a couple days after your workout.

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    Excellent - many thanks, @jfreaksho and @primalrob!

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    Big workouts require big meals. I am doing a pretty intense workout for 6 weeks and I am eating a metric ton each day. I'm pretty sore on the following days but I never feel tired or exhausted (except for immediately after my workout). This is the first time where I have really gone out of my way, painful at times, to eat A LOT and I can definitely tell the difference. I was previously running leangains, but during these 6 weeks I haven't done any macro management. Just big ol' primal meals (with plenty of primal carbs).

    If you're working out hard, don't be afraid to eat. Fuel the workouts! For me it's made a world of difference.
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    Nutrition and recovery strategies are obviously very important but don't underestimate a proper heavy session. I have had to take 2 weeks off following some very intense deadlifting in the past - it can take that much out of you.

    This is why I laugh when I hear people on this board talking about adding extra exercises in to programs or wondering whether they did enough. If you have to ask the question the you probably didn't do it right.

    Eat lots following a tough session and allow yourself the recovery you need.

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    Many thanks, @Fernaldo and @Coach Palfrey! I'll definitely be eating more and attempting to get more sleep.

    You folks are definitely making this less intimidating. That might sound goofy, but last year, I never would have imagined that 40+ year old me, at less than five feet tall and with a tricky lower back, could ever, EVER, consider weightlifting. Thanks for all of your support, advice and encouragement. When I eventually am a little old lady, I want to tote the 70-lb bags of kitty litter easily!

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    Jackie, I've been a Crossfitter for about 2.5 years, and I've found that next-day exhaustion is usually related to how well I slept; not how hard the previous day's workout was or what I ate before or after. Either way, though, listen to your body. If you're dragging, take it easy. Try doing some slow movement (walking usually works best for me) and after 10 or 15 minutes if you're still dragging, call it off and rest. But if you're feeling a bit more perky after 10 or 15 minutes, keep on with the slow movement.

    A lot of Crossfitters are type "A", who can push things too far. With age comes wisdom... I'm 55 and I've learned just how much I can push and when I should back off. Do what seems right!

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    Thanks, Goldie -- hugely appreciated! I'm not sleeping well, and probably won't for the near future. (I have a 19-year-old cranky cat, who starts getting demanding around 4 am. I usually can stay in bed until around 5:15 or so, but then she gets insanely loud, and I don't want to wake the entire house. And so...meh.) But I'll do my best to know when to push and when to say, "Eh, no." Thanks again!

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    Have you tried explaining Crossfit to the cat? She might understand why you need to stay in bed.

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