A lot of people have asked FFOver40 this question over the years and we’ve never felt we could give an honest answer until now.
With 3 precocious and RAMBUNCTIOUS young ladies devouring much of our space and time, sleep is a thing of the past. Honestly, neither of us have had a 6 hour consecutive sleep session in a very long time. And you know what? We’ve never felt better, physically stronger and more alert. It’s amazing how our bodies are able to adapt and acclimate to our unique situations. Even in our 40’s!
Both Monica and I have always been focused on finishing what we started, but our fatigue levels have seriously been tested over the last 8 months while trying to combine our modern familia. Mad props to Monica as she has become a sleep deprived warrior both in the gym and as a “Superstar Real Estate Agent”.
I honestly don’t know where she finds the energy to keep up. It’s a testament to her sheer will and desire to be the woman she is. I am blessed and a lucky man to have a fiance who is a great mother, loving wife to be and an elite fitness athlete. I really don’t tell her enough how proud of her I am. I guess I’ll let this blog do the talking. I love you Monica!
Anyways..back to the title of this post-should you workout when you are sleep deprived? The answer is totally dependant on you and how you feel right before you train. If you feel completely run down with the “achey skin” and “hard to keep your head up feeling“, no way should you train. Go home and rest.
If you are tired but still focused enough to give training deep consideration, it is our opinion you are capable of not only training but having a great workout. You should pop a thermogenic or drink a pre-workout stimulant on an empty stomach about 30 minutes prior to training and then proceed to avoid distractions while giving it your all for no more than 40-50 minutes. It will help tremendously to wear blue tooth wireless headphones and ROCK OUT to a favorite play list. The right music can definitely stimulate harmonic frequencies providing an added boost.
A full body workout is the ideal solution allowing you to tax your entire central nervous system as a whole. The full body intensity will elicit a significant release of endorphins and encalphins triggering a euphoric feeling to power you thru your workout.
Knowing your body and what it’s capable of under duress/stress/fatigue will ultimately determine your answer. Only you can develop that intuition over time. But don’t be afraid to push the envelope. Sometimes fatigue is a great motivator for an intense and productive workout. Just know when to pull up and back off the intensity.
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