Everyone knows what a bad workout feels like. Your appendages feel like they're going to fall off. Even the pink dumbbells feel like Atlas stones. Renowned strength coach and author Dan John explains that it's OK — in fact, you should expect it to happen quite often.
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Bad workouts are completely normal, and if you expect it, it won't be so debilitating. Dan explains:
In a group of five workouts, I tend to have one great workout: the kind of workout that makes me think that in just a few weeks I could be an Olympic champion and Mr. Olympia. Then, I have one workout that's so awful that the mere fact I continue to exist as a somewhat higher form of life is a miracle. Then, the other three workouts are the "punch the clock" workouts: I go in, work out, and walk out. Most people experience this.
The worst thing you can do is overanalyse your workout. The culprit could be anything from lack of sleep to stress to just plain randomness. Don't let that one bad workout impact future ones. Check out the link below for more tips on dealing with that bad day.
5 Tips For Dealing With a Bad Day At The Gym [All The Heavy Lifting]