Do you ever come into the gym feeling a little worn down? Working all day, family responsibilities, errands, the list goes on. Even after getting through the warm-up and starting the lift I know that sometimes I am still not fully awake/full of energy. Then the time comes to set up for the WOD. Getting out the equipment, loading the bar, and knocking out some reps starts to get me going. I suddenly feel that I am more alert and that I have tremendous amounts of energy. This energetic feeling is commonly known as an adrenaline rush. Adrenaline is the natural hormone produced within our bodies that gets released when going through a traumatic experience. The experience doesn’t necessary have to be a dangerous situation. It is as simple as hearing the “3, 2, 1…GO!” or even the music blasting that can gets us pumped up. We all have had this adrenaline rush and besides the sudden boost of energy below you will find some more common symptoms.
- Strength Increase- Plenty of times we have had trouble lifting a certain weight. We struggle and struggle, but can’t get that bar off the ground. You re-chalk, pace around, get the game face going, and then you hear coaches or other athletes saying “Come on!” or “You got this!” The adrenaline hits you and now you have a new PR. Then there are those stories of parents who have lifted cars to rescue their trapped children. Adrenaline can give the body a huge amount of strength.
- No Pain- With our intense workouts we put the body through physical trauma. When we work hard and all that adrenaline is coursing through the body we don’t notice right away muscles getting tired or even pain. An example would be working on cleans and the weight crashes hard on the quads. At that moment it may have felt like nothing, but as soon as the adrenaline wears off you can feel that bruise forming and the tightness settling in. The adrenaline rush can help to protect the body.
- Heightened Senses- When an adrenaline rush takes place our senses easily become more alert. The sound of the double unders becomes more unique as you can hear every revolution of the rope. The smell of the blood, sweat, and tears is more evident during the WOD. Even our touch is heightened as you can really feel your grip on the bar.
- Increased Breathing- With all so much going on with our bodies it makes the heart and lungs work more. We start breathing heavier and faster. With the body working so hard that is when the sweat fest begins to happen.
From the examples of above you can tell how adrenaline affects the body specifically within our workouts.
“Fight Gone Bad”
3 Sets, perform 1 minute at each station for max reps/calories:
Push Press (75/45)
Hang Power Cleans (95/65)
Rest 1 minute