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Approachable health tips from the personal trainers of TorqueStrong

Pass Out, Throw Up, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger.

Alydia Bryant

Scroll through fitness apparel websites, Pinterest, Facebook, instagram and more and you will see a ton of paraphernalia that promotes this idea of pushing yourself until you pass out or throw up. Chatting with your gym friends and you brag about how you vomited half way through the work out and finished it any ways. Personal trainers and gym owners encourage their clients to keep pushing through light headedness and have "puke" buckets sitting around the gym. SINCE WHEN DID THROWING UP BECOME A HEALTHY BODILY RESPONSE? Since when was it a good idea to continue to exercise after you've passed out? 

For a long time I thought this can't be real. Exercise professionals can't be this dumb to promote this? But then my clients started sharing past experiences with other gyms. Or my friends would be bragging about vomiting during their latest work out and I would cringe.  We are here to promote health not to cause more health problems. Nausea is a warning sign. There are a few things that can cause nausea during a workout. One is a full stomach, which isn’t much of a cause for worry. The risk for vomiting from extreme exercise, specifically, comes from working so intensely that the body can’t get enough oxygen to fuel its muscles. This then leads to a build-up of the waste product called lactate. Another is dehydration, when an imbalance of the body’s electrolytes can cause vomiting.

Stomach acid is hard on the esophagus and teeth, I don't know about you but I want to keep both of those healthy! A lot of people view vomiting during a work out as a great thing because it means you left it all on the table and gave it all you've got. ~Not to worry, Your Body will eventually adjust~ WHAT!

I realize that my mindset is a bit abnormal but with my clients we live in a world of comfort! We train at an 8 out of 10 for level of exertion and guess what ITS EFFECTIVE! Actually its MORE effective. We remain injury free, we experience LESS Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and we never ever pass out or grow nauseous.

In my entire career Ive had 2 people vomit during a workout.... 1 was hung over.... we discussed this (with LOVE) and they haven't lived it down yet :)... the other had Food Poisoning.

Instead of living in a world that BRAGS on how much we destroy our bodies lets live in a world that respects them! You can achieve greatness while still training at 80% effort... This is coming from the only Female in the WORLD who can bent press the 48kg bell. I rarely test 1 rep max, I train at 50-70% of my 1 rep max and I've remained Injury free while building massive strength in short periods of time.