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Help my 'heavy' carrying recovery?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 29, 2011 at 1:46 PM

For the last two months I have started my own workout schedule a la functional fitness. That being that the aim is to be usefully strong rather than just bodybuilding for summer's sake.

Two weeks ago I had the idea to include some 'heavy' carrying (understandably 'heavy' is subjective here), and so once a week decided to carry my 35Kg (77lbs) sandbag the mile to the park where I workout. My normal workout is a combination of 5Kg weighted pull-ups/chin-ups/dips, plus sandbag presses, squats and get-ups, spaced with jump-ropes, animal crawls and then the mile walk home carrying what miraculously feels double what it did before.

Onwards to the question...

The first time I did this it took me two days to recover, did it again last night and today the muscle fatigue is making me feel a nauseous.

I don't necessarily think this is a bad thing, as I am doing something my body has never done before and I am feeling overall stronger (albeit beaten up), but I would like to know if there is something I can do to help me recovery better.

I am currently taking 5g of BCAAs and 5g of Creatine with breakfast, and the same again before I workout. I also try and eat my biggest meal of the day after the workout.

Thanks,

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on January 04, 2012
at 09:10 PM

I must think about the mammoth next time, will be very motivational. :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 30, 2011
at 07:25 PM

Well Mash, lifting it is one thing and packing it that far is another. So just pack it part way and return in ever-increasing distances instead of going the whole darn mile in one shot. I understand that if you had killed a wooly mammoth and needed to get the grub home you would need to go all out in one whack, but I just don't get the urgency to do it at once since it is just an exercise.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on December 30, 2011
at 07:19 PM

I started deadlifting at 60kg. Today, I deadlift 150kg. To get from 60-150 I increased the weight by 2kg increments.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on December 30, 2011
at 04:22 PM

It does the job, well it feels like it. :)

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on December 30, 2011
at 04:21 PM

I don't think I would feel anything if I halved the weight of the bag. It was 20KG to start with and I added the extra weight to make it meaner. :)

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on December 30, 2011
at 03:55 AM

Listen to AnnaA, she is wise. And people say this fitness stuff is complicated. Psh.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on December 29, 2011
at 11:43 PM

How are you measuring inflammation? As a once-upon-a-time athlete I'll add that for me and most I've met, soreness is very different than overtraining.

07243c7700483a67386049f7b67d90a4

on December 29, 2011
at 05:49 PM

You don't need the saturated fats, but they seem to keep the inflammation down for me and my training buddies. As a training cycle progresses its usually the soreness that grinds you down and make you feel like quiting.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

(2890)

on December 29, 2011
at 05:17 PM

There doesn't need to be an emphasis on sat fat. Plenty of athletes have low sat fat diets. As long as you hit at least moderate carbs, and get sufficient fats (monounsaturated or saturated) you'll be fine from an athletic point of view.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on December 29, 2011
at 03:03 PM

Thanks Scotty .

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 29, 2011
at 03:04 PM

Wouldn't it make sense to start packing say 40# back and forth at first and work your way up to <80#?

It seems that it was a bit intense to start out like that.

Manly though!

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

(2890)

on December 30, 2011
at 03:55 AM

Listen to AnnaA, she is wise. And people say this fitness stuff is complicated. Psh.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

(2890)

on December 30, 2011
at 07:19 PM

I started deadlifting at 60kg. Today, I deadlift 150kg. To get from 60-150 I increased the weight by 2kg increments.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on December 30, 2011
at 04:21 PM

I don't think I would feel anything if I halved the weight of the bag. It was 20KG to start with and I added the extra weight to make it meaner. :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 30, 2011
at 07:25 PM

Well Mash, lifting it is one thing and packing it that far is another. So just pack it part way and return in ever-increasing distances instead of going the whole darn mile in one shot. I understand that if you had killed a wooly mammoth and needed to get the grub home you would need to go all out in one whack, but I just don't get the urgency to do it at once since it is just an exercise.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on January 04, 2012
at 09:10 PM

I must think about the mammoth next time, will be very motivational. :)

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 29, 2011
at 10:45 PM

Ginger has been shown to speed muscle healing. Also, showers that alternate between hot and cold water.

Sounds like a real butt kicker of a workout.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on December 30, 2011
at 04:22 PM

It does the job, well it feels like it. :)

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07243c7700483a67386049f7b67d90a4

on December 29, 2011
at 02:09 PM

Your body will begin to get conditioned to this amount/type of work over time. Eating right, getting enough calories (emphasis on sat' fat and carbs) and leaving enough time between workouts is all you really need. As you get less sore workout more often, longer, heavier etc.

07243c7700483a67386049f7b67d90a4

on December 29, 2011
at 05:49 PM

You don't need the saturated fats, but they seem to keep the inflammation down for me and my training buddies. As a training cycle progresses its usually the soreness that grinds you down and make you feel like quiting.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

(2890)

on December 29, 2011
at 05:17 PM

There doesn't need to be an emphasis on sat fat. Plenty of athletes have low sat fat diets. As long as you hit at least moderate carbs, and get sufficient fats (monounsaturated or saturated) you'll be fine from an athletic point of view.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on December 29, 2011
at 03:03 PM

Thanks Scotty .

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

(2890)

on December 29, 2011
at 11:43 PM

How are you measuring inflammation? As a once-upon-a-time athlete I'll add that for me and most I've met, soreness is very different than overtraining.

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