Intermittent Fasting – Does It Make You Weaker in the Gym?

It is a Monday morning, just got back from a walk in the cold with my Labrador Lucky. Over the weekend I had some time to catch up on my reading. I decided to motivate myself a little more for my fat loss transformation by rereading Brad Pilon’s Intermittent Fasting Book as it is an integral part of my plan.

One of the cool things I was reminded about fasting is that you can workout while you are doing it. In fact, Brad not only recommends that you workout three times during the week when fasting, but also adds that you can train on days that you fast without problem.

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As you will see in the video below, I can confirm Brad’s message – fasted workouts get the job done. A month or so ago I decided to participate in an internet pull up contest. I managed to do 15 strict dead hang pull ups. My all time record at the time was 17 (current record is 21). The deadline for the final entry in the contest was Thanksgiving.

It just so happened that I was fasting on that day because it was a Thursday and my plan was to fast on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I wasn’t going to alter my plan. Plus, a nice dinner was awaiting me at home because my 24 hour fasts are from 8-9pm to 8-9pm the following day.

Doing Pullups While Fasting

As you will see, no performance problems here. In fact, I did slightly better than the previous time. When you eat, some of the sugar or energy from the food enters your muscles.

Now, it can only leave them through exercise. So if you have a nice dinner tonight and don’t eat nothing the next day, like I did, you will still have the food energy from the dinner in your muscles.

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