Vomitting Because Of Your Workout – Hardcore or Stupid? Is working out till you puke needed?

Phrases such as “Squat Till You Puke!“,”Unless you puke, faint or die, keep going!“, “Rep till you puke“…etc. have been quite common in the world of lifting weights and exercising in general. CrossFit and bodybuilding maniacs have always been known to seek attention and present themselves as individuals with ‘swag’.

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Maybe, just maybe, the mantra “lift till you puke” is just another way of trying to look hardcore when you’re actually lame as hell?

Why do people vomit after their workout?


Strenuous exercising makes the majority of the blood supply shift towards your muscles, heart and lungs. As a result the blood going to the visceral organs such as the stomach is reduced. This can result in oxygen deprivation in the area and can cause nausea and vomiting. {more}

Related article: The Real Reasons Why CrossFit Sucks

What do you accomplish when you make yourself vomit after a workout?

Nothing good, really, besides ego satisfaction. Vomitting is not a healthy activity and should be avoided unless there are medical reasons to do it. It’s bad for your teeth and stressful for the stomach and the whole organism. As far as fitness results are concerned – vomitting has nothing to do with them.

Another factor that largely contributes to puking after a workout is meal timing. If you eat hard to digest food close to your workout, throwing up is always an option. Does this make you hardcore or stupid?

To tell you the truth, suffering from workout induced vomitting reveals a mistake rather than a positive. It shows that you didn’t prepare very well (failed meal timing) and went too far.

Maybe, you just mistimed your meal and you are not as hardcore as you thought?

A Workout Should Tire You, Not Destroy You From The Inside Out

The goal of every workout is to condition you step by step to get stronger, faster and more athletic. It’s a small form of evolution. The body is subject to stress (natural selection) and has no choice but to adapt. However, there’s a line that shouldn’t be crossed very often.

Being tired or even completely exhausted from a workout is perfectly fine. What’s not fine is being damaged after a workout and vomitting could be considered a minor hit because it does not get you closer to your goals. It actually takes you further away because you are losing nutrients and stressing your internal organs which need to operate well in order for recovery to occur.

Fighting a false battle

There are times when an all out physical effort may be required. It could be a life threatening event or a world competition. Whatever the case, similar situations are actually very rare for the majority of the population working out in the gyms. We are sorry to bring you the bad news, but your are not saving the world with your CrossFit workouts regardless of what the people liking your ‘puking posts’ on Facebook say. You are just working out for yourself and you can progress just as fast, if you don’t threat it your workout like a lion attack or a World War.

People have always been easy to manipulate into investing their efforts in pointless battles that in the end of the day don’t mean anything. Just like Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt, said in the speech above, we are fighting a spiritual war against the enslavers who maintain the matrix real. The very same people that make us spin the rat wheels into infinity.

So, you’ve been doing ‘hardcore’ stuff such as burpees and it just happened that you puked….

Tell someone who actually cares.

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