Question: When Does The Body Just Stop?

Does the body get to a point during a work-out when it just doesn't want to go on? I went to gym for a two-and-a-half hour class and the last half an hour I just felt like I wanted to stop. I didn't even want to jog on the spot...nothing. I just wanted to sit and breathe. The class consisted of step excercises, dumbbells (2 different weights), the bar, body conditioning and eventually 20 minutes of quite intense stretching. I could do the stretching - in fact I felt so good after those stretches. Does the body just decide when enough is enough even if you try and push it to go on. My normal workout duration is an hour 5 days a week.

Answer

The body can absolutely hit a plateau during your training session. You can identify this plateau with feelings of severe weakness, confusion, fatigue and disorientation. In short, it refers to low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), where both your body and brain have simply run out of fuel. During high intensity or serious endurance exercise, it is easy to use up your stored glucose. Since it has an effect on both your brain and body, you won’t just slow down and stop exercising, you might experience cognitive symptoms as well. If you experience a plateau, you need to take in some simple carbohydrates that can be absorbed instantly. Sports drinks and gels are your best bet. In any case though, 2 and a half hour training sessions should not be the norm – especially without the correct nutritional support. Muscle mass begins to break down after 60 minutes of cardio when glucose stores have not been refuelled, and strength training has proven to be counteractive when exceeding an hour.

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