Why most people get tired after weights training

I have noticed that every time I am back to weights training I get SO tired (overly, on my days off) it is not funny.

Annablogia in the gym

However I did not see a connection between weights training and being tired till the moment my friend actually pointed out that when he does running or any other cardiovascular activities he is energized; however lifting weights always makes his sluggish.

Well, here I am being exhausted on the weekends, mostly sleepy and energy-less which I was used to attribute to a lot of working or not sleeping enough etc. However as soon as my mate mentioned that weights training might somehow affect the overall being I instantly felt the connection. I must admit though that when I only start working out, weights energise me like nothing; but as soon as routine is settled I am overly sleepy, tired and sore 24 / 7. It is a bit annoying to be honest.

So I went on the Internet to see what people say.

  • One of the opinions suggested that soreness and sleepiness can be due to starting out. Accordingly getting more carbohydrates might be a solution if energy is an issue. After a couple of months tiredness must be gone (if one day a week is a rest day). This makes sense but I personally do not get tired when start out and increasing carbs is often a method I approach which I rarely happy with (I don’t think I need to explain why).
  • Another interesting opinion was that because weight training requires muscles to exert force to overcome resistance, the muscles function is suddenly overcoming a greater-than-normal workload with movement. This movement is a weight-training exercise targeting specific muscle groups. Upon completion of a weight-training workout, the recovery phase arrives! As we all know it is as essential as training itself. We need recovery to literally recover AND to grow and develop muscles. During recovery, feelings of fatigue are normal due to a large amount of energy required for the process. Everyone though ensures that it will go away eventually…
  • Many people often attribute tiredness to over training (which I am sure is not my case) and not eating enough. Therefore burning all the needed energy.

As a result, there no definite answer 😦 I understand it depends on each single individual and needs to be analysed case by case… Some people blame vitamins deficit, other poor diet or over working not enough sleep etc. There are so many reasons that no one has really understood what can be so tiring about weights training. I will definitely carry on researching also listening to my body and hope to come back with some solid answers 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Why most people get tired after weights training

  1. There is an answer in the question.
    The question is «Why most people get so tire after weights training»
    The tiredness is in most cases the loss of energy.
    You loose the energy while training. And not getting it enough later.
    The process of training or loosing energy consist burning substances. It is literally same to the fire. You should breathe more to burn more and to eat the food which contains more energy.
    The best solution for me is to change the weights training for some type of yoga or other activity.
    The yoga is giving more energy to the body instead of the mass of muscles. It’s change the structure of them.

    • Thank you for the comment. It is exactly what I described here. Good for you that you switched but I prefer weights to any other training as its my hobby so I’m trying to find the energy solution without over eating or over training but carrying on with my passion 🙂 thank you

      • In order to do weights, your body needs carbs to convert the proteins into aminoacids.
        You need to increase the amount of carbs you ingest in order to help your body complete that precess appropiately. But be aware that the carbs you need come from fruits, vegetables, cereals ( wheat, barley, oat etc). Do not eat donuts, croissants or bread to get the carbs. Those carbs are nothing but emty food that don’t provide any type of energy nor nutrition to your body. You’ll only get a bigger belly.
        Ingest at least 7 meals per day, so your body always has gas to run and to feed your growing muscles. It is alaways better to train for 2 or 4 months with a carb diet, to acquire mass or muscle volume, then when you grow a decent size of muscle, you can do a definition diet.
        The diet is also called a cleaning diet or crash diet. It’s basically no carbs allowed for 26 days only. You do not change your training nor the amount of weight you’ve been training with.
        Your body will start burning the excess fat, and your muscles will stay the same as long as you eat 7 times a day (no carbs).
        You will feel tired when you increase weight, when you sleep less than 8 hours, when you don’t eat enough carbs, when you don’t eat enogh times a day, when you don’t hidrate enough, when you drink alcohol, when you eat fried or greasy, sugary fatty foods, when you don’t stretch after your workout, and when you spend to may hours sitting without any physical aftivity during the day.

  2. I thougt it was only me !!!. I feel so ashamed yawning all the time. My girlfriend always says I am have the energy of a sick old person, etc. I love MTB but haven’t been able to take my all training capacity sice I’m always tired after a going to the gym. So I wonder how do all those people make it to go everyday to he gym and look great (I just go 3 d/week). Do they sleep the rest of the day?. Furthermore, there’s this guy that goes to the gym, is a real estate agent and competes for MTB races !!!. However, in this case, the guy eats a lot and does not look like a CK model lol. So I guess the answer is simple: genetics, food, rest.

    • Nelson thank you for your comment and yeah you are right, genetics play a giant role but also good time.management and planning! I used to train 5 days a week (starting 5am) and I was bloody exuasted after a day of working & studying so I had to be in bed by 9pm. However didnt eat enough and had zero social life as I was too tired. I don’t think I planned everyrhing well enough though. Ill write about it again when start my 5am.training again 🙂 Good luck with ur fitness mate

      • What’s up Anna !!! you know what?, it is so so funny I forgot I had commented on this blog until I just read my comment LOL. It’s been more than a year ago, and now I am feeling tired again 3 days after a heavy weight trainning session. Last year after many trials I rescheduled my volume, frequency and intensity of trainning: Instead of a low rep heavy weight routine, I chose a 20 min medium weight high rep routine, 2 days a week, combinning it with any type of cardio (20 min before and 20 min after weight lifting), I do not rest in between sets nor cardio, so it is a one hour of full exercise. The rest of the week I go mountain biking (MTB) 2-3 days, with one long day (2-3 h) of crosscountry. I began eating more veggies and proteins, as well a high quality carbs (including 6oz oatmeal before bedtime since I go MTB 5am). I also eat 1 protein shake after any type of exercise and had small meals every 3 h. So, after 2 months I began to feel more energized and performed better at my sport (MTB). NOW, I did an experiment the last 15 days: I increased my alcohol intake in a week (from 2 to 8 oz / week), I cheated with some sugar and last friday I went to a heavy weight lifting session. I performed great and lifted double the weight I used to. I also felt better. But on Saturday, Sunday and today, I could not get my self on the bike :(. So I summarize a few things: 1) Genetics. As I said before, there are many combinations of muscle fibers in every human being, and depending on that you can be fast, strong, or both. I also applies to energy systems. 2) weight lifting per se does not go in hand with most aerobic sports, and can help with some combination of aerobic-anaerobic sports like MTB (you need strong and explosive legs) BUT it has to be moderate weight lifting and in a cardio like session IF you want to combine it with an aerobic sport. BUT if you only like weight lifting, you have to train no more than 5 days a week, sleep 2 – 3 times a day and eat A LOT !!! 3) Diet. and 4) Rest are as important as the first 2. And how are you doing !!!???

  3. I thougt it was only me !!!. I feel so ashamed yawning all the time. My girlfriend always says I have the energy of a sick old person, etc. I love MTB but haven’t been able to take my all training capacity sice I’m always tired after a going to the gym. So I wonder how do all those people make it to go everyday to he gym and look great (I just go 3 d/week). Do they sleep the rest of the day?. Furthermore, there’s this guy that goes to the gym, is a real estate agent and competes for MTB races !!!. However, in this case, the guy eats a lot and does not look like a CK model lol. So I guess the answer is simple: genetics, food, rest.

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