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New to CrossFit. Getting dizzy mid-workout. Help?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 30, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Two workouts. Same result. I'm hydrating well, but suspect this is related to diet. I'm not typically hungry in the morning so don't like to eat until I am. But somethig's got to give.

What's the best breakfast routine to follow with morning workouts? Or is this normal and will it eventually stop?

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on May 31, 2012
at 02:46 PM

@Dawn Spencer: Respectfully, telling you to rest until the dizziness passes then continue your workout isn't good advice. If you become dizzy again it could cause a fall or a dropped weight, both of which can result in injury. Again, the fact that your trainers apparently don't know the most common cause isn't a good sign.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 31, 2012
at 01:28 PM

Upvotes or "accepted answer" status would be appreciated. :-)

11e6ef13d59802d3f60c79a1bd1eb7c6

on May 31, 2012
at 11:19 AM

Thank you. This was very helpful.

11e6ef13d59802d3f60c79a1bd1eb7c6

on May 31, 2012
at 03:06 AM

I guess I should clarify. I did talk about this with the gym trainer and she/he (talked to two) said that it is not uncommon to experience this if you're new to CrossFit. They agreed that I should continue until I hit that dizzy spot and then break, walk, and stop if I need to. They also agreed that my nutritional needs might not be met now that my routine includes intensity. I don't think that is bad advice in the slightest. So I am here, at a Paleo forum asking for suggestions on diet only because I eat this way and wish to continue to. And quitting a gym after two workouts is nonsense

11e6ef13d59802d3f60c79a1bd1eb7c6

on May 30, 2012
at 03:06 PM

FEEL pangs. Not freely. Dang phone.

11e6ef13d59802d3f60c79a1bd1eb7c6

on May 30, 2012
at 03:05 PM

Have been 80 percent paleo for a couple years. Have been considerably better the last six months. Just found a CrossFit gym local to me that I didn't know exists so that part is new to my routine. Until now my exercise routine (if you call it that) has been lacking in intensity. I walk alot (2-3 miles a day), and I play baseball with my son.

11e6ef13d59802d3f60c79a1bd1eb7c6

on May 30, 2012
at 03:00 PM

I'm working out fasted. Food is not appealing to be when I wake up so I wait till I freely pangs and then eat.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 30, 2012
at 03:02 PM

Similar to Ben, I exercise fasted. By the very end of my routine, I'm just at glycogen exhaustion. For body recomp, this is where I want to be. I never "hit the wall" during my routines.

In your case, it sounds like you are exhausting glycogen -- i.e. "hitting the wall" or transitioning to fat burning -- mid workout. If your routines are less than 60-90 minutes, this isn't quite ideal -- it's called "hitting the wall" for a reason. ;-) Ideally, you want to always be burning fat (from VLC, most likely, and after you've converted) or "full tanked" on glycogen by mainly assuring you are eating enough dense carbs (and veggies, and fruits).

I would suggest making sure your glycogen stores are good-to-go before your exercise routines. If you work out in the morning, this may mean a nice, starchy dinner, or a breakfast before your routine (if you have the time -- I like to wake up, void, and get moving). If it's later in the day, you have more time and control to make wise choices.

Early on, when I transitioned to a fasted workout routine, I experienced the dizziness you describe. It took time, but I figured out my optimal diet to fuel my routine. You can, too. :-)

Good luck!

11e6ef13d59802d3f60c79a1bd1eb7c6

on May 31, 2012
at 11:19 AM

Thank you. This was very helpful.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on May 31, 2012
at 01:28 PM

Upvotes or "accepted answer" status would be appreciated. :-)

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on May 30, 2012
at 03:50 PM

If dizziness is the only symptom, it's more likely to be caused by low blood pressure than low blood sugar.

Low blood pressure, other things equal, is usually caused by too much water, too little salt, or both, especially if you are restricting carbohydrates.

So, don't over-hydrate. Keep a water bottle handy, but drink only when thirsty. Add some salt to your diet either with bone broth or just liberally salting your food.

Or, consider working-out after your first meal of the day.

Also, it's not a good sign that you're having to come here for advice. A good trainer would have been on this the first time it happened.

Finally, there's nothing special or "Paleo" about CrossFit. If you're not getting the results you want, change gyms.

11e6ef13d59802d3f60c79a1bd1eb7c6

on May 31, 2012
at 03:06 AM

I guess I should clarify. I did talk about this with the gym trainer and she/he (talked to two) said that it is not uncommon to experience this if you're new to CrossFit. They agreed that I should continue until I hit that dizzy spot and then break, walk, and stop if I need to. They also agreed that my nutritional needs might not be met now that my routine includes intensity. I don't think that is bad advice in the slightest. So I am here, at a Paleo forum asking for suggestions on diet only because I eat this way and wish to continue to. And quitting a gym after two workouts is nonsense

F0a3e3f17d9a740810ac37ff2353a9f3

(3804)

on May 31, 2012
at 02:46 PM

@Dawn Spencer: Respectfully, telling you to rest until the dizziness passes then continue your workout isn't good advice. If you become dizzy again it could cause a fall or a dropped weight, both of which can result in injury. Again, the fact that your trainers apparently don't know the most common cause isn't a good sign.

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on May 30, 2012
at 02:39 PM

Some discomfort and dizziness may be normal, especially if you're not used to high-intensity workouts. That being said, if it continues, you may want to see a doctor. On one hand, if you're also transitioning from a SAD (standard American diet), your body may be having trouble keeping up with all the changes. On the other hand, serious dizziness when exercising can be indications of heart conditions that involve low blood pressure, as well as other conditions (such as vertigo).

http://www.livestrong.com/article/381699-dizziness-exercising/

http://www.lifeorganizers.com/cm_articles/93_it_is_ok_to_become_lightheaded_or_nauseas_during_a_workout_706.html

11e6ef13d59802d3f60c79a1bd1eb7c6

on May 30, 2012
at 03:05 PM

Have been 80 percent paleo for a couple years. Have been considerably better the last six months. Just found a CrossFit gym local to me that I didn't know exists so that part is new to my routine. Until now my exercise routine (if you call it that) has been lacking in intensity. I walk alot (2-3 miles a day), and I play baseball with my son.

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on May 30, 2012
at 02:37 PM

I'm confused. Are you working out in a fasted state? Or eating before? I like to workout in a fasted state. Actually, I ONLY work out in a fasted state. I tried eating prior and had the same problem. Fasting, I never get a dip in energy or feel lightheaded.

11e6ef13d59802d3f60c79a1bd1eb7c6

on May 30, 2012
at 03:00 PM

I'm working out fasted. Food is not appealing to be when I wake up so I wait till I freely pangs and then eat.

11e6ef13d59802d3f60c79a1bd1eb7c6

on May 30, 2012
at 03:06 PM

FEEL pangs. Not freely. Dang phone.

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