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After Strength Training - 2 effects

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 13, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Hi guys:

I know this isn't really a Paleo-oriented question, but since so many people who follow the Paleo lifestyle incorporate fitness into their daily practice, I thought this forum would be ideal. I'm curious if anybody else experiences two effects after doing strength training. I find that if I do high intensity strength training (like Olympic lifts, etc), especially a new move or a higher weight, I experience a higher level of aggression. I don't mean Hulk-out 'roid rage or violent inclinations or anything like that, but there is definitely an increase in feeling "on" or slightly "jacked". I can't think of any other way to describe it without sounding stupid. I know that strength training and sprinting can release HGH, and I wonder if this is a typical side effect.

Second, I also experience an increase in hunger. I don't usually get this feeling after metabolic conditioning, more often after just flat out strength training. What surprises me is how directly related the hunger is to the intensity of the workout. Is it just in my head? What have you guys experienced?

Thanks,

Chris D

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on August 14, 2010
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Norepinephrine and epinephrine (adrenaline) are two different hormones. Epinephrine is the major driver of the fight or flight response, although norepinephrine levels rise as well. Norepinephrine seems to largely be involved with fat mobilization: levels continuously rise during a fast, without any epinephrine increase.

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on August 13, 2010
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I assume you mean alcohol. Perhaps you have an urge to sedate yourself to counter the other hormonal effects.

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I agree with Keith; and the hormonal cascade he mentions is mostly norepinephrine (adrenaline) which is part of the "fight or flight" response.

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on August 13, 2010
at 02:41 PM

Cris, This phenomena you speak of is due mostly to a high level of central nervous system (cns) activation. This level of activation/firing simply cannot be produced by other methods of weight training. That's not to say that there aren't hormonal cascades produced as a result of this activation, however.

I can have 'off the charts" intensity days in the weight room using other protocols (HIT, for example) and not experience nearly the same cns stimulus. This is another plug for my mantra of matching the correct protocol to the desired outcome; a smart marriage of both Oly-derivatives and HIT training provides a hella-good one-two punch.

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on August 14, 2010
at 12:38 AM

Norepinephrine and epinephrine (adrenaline) are two different hormones. Epinephrine is the major driver of the fight or flight response, although norepinephrine levels rise as well. Norepinephrine seems to largely be involved with fat mobilization: levels continuously rise during a fast, without any epinephrine increase.

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on August 13, 2010
at 04:19 PM

I agree with Keith; and the hormonal cascade he mentions is mostly norepinephrine (adrenaline) which is part of the "fight or flight" response.

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on August 13, 2010
at 02:36 PM

The same thing happens to me ! I do not follow the diet but I do Crossfit 3-5 times a week depending on my schedule. I experience the same effect. I get that "high" I can do anything feeling for awhile after and I am extremely hungry after! If you are expereincing this and i am then I believe others are also!

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on August 15, 2010
at 12:41 AM

After heavy lifting or sprinting, I feel like superman. Endorphins have me looking for stuff to jump on over and through parkour style.

Always hungrier after a heavy intense workout.

It's normal, and it's awesome. Exercise SHOULD make you feel GREAT!!! It's your reward ;)

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on August 13, 2010
at 04:12 PM

Oddly, I find myself craving (and I mean really craving) a drink or 6 the evening after hard training. Sadly I've caved in far too often -- a habit I'm working hard to kick to the curb.

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on August 13, 2010
at 04:29 PM

I assume you mean alcohol. Perhaps you have an urge to sedate yourself to counter the other hormonal effects.

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