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Old 05-09-2011, 11:09 AM   #1
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Imitating Pukie the Clown

I work out at a pretty intense level. So much so that its pretty uncommon for me to not get sick. How do I know how much I need to "replace" to ensure I'm still getting enough nutrition?
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:13 AM   #2
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Re: Imitating Pukie the Clown

If you routinely get sick, you're doing something wrong. Vomiting is pretty traumatic for your system in a lot of ways, and is something to avoid rather than embrace.

For replenishment, the number one worry would be dehydration and electrolyte balance. Number two would be replacing whatever undigested food was in your stomach.

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Old 05-09-2011, 11:16 AM   #3
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Re: Imitating Pukie the Clown

I'd probably just try to stop doing that. Or you'll also need to replace the enamel of your teeth and the lining of your throat after you replace those missing nutrients.

Also try and eat/drink AFTER you workout instead of before.

You can make very good gains without puking on workouts.
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Old 05-09-2011, 12:08 PM   #4
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You can make very good gains without puking on workouts.
probably better, just saying
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Re: Imitating Pukie the Clown

Also, if you find that you can go fast enough to puke frequently:
a.) are probably sacrificing form.
b.) If not a.) then you should perhaps consider scaling up the weight or ROM so you can't go as fast.

It's much harder to puke on a workout using 75% of your max then 25% of your max.

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Old 05-09-2011, 01:00 PM   #6
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Re: Imitating Pukie the Clown

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Also, if you find that you can go fast enough to puke frequently:
a.) are probably sacrificing form.
b.) If not a.) then you should perhaps consider scaling up the weight or ROM so you can't go as fast.

It's much harder to puke on a workout using 75% of your max then 25% of your max.
Or c) change your timing on when you eat prior to the workout, and/or drink WAY less water DURING the workout. You're not going to die of thirst over the coarse of a CrossFit Class/WOD.
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Old 05-10-2011, 03:06 AM   #7
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I work out at a pretty intense level. So much so that its pretty uncommon for me to not get sick. How do I know how much I need to "replace" to ensure I'm still getting enough nutrition?
First thing to replace is your exercise routine, or see a doctor to verify there is nothing wrong with you. Vomiting from exercising should be a very rare exception and should have some underlying reasons for it. The only time I've done this is when I was coming off a flu bug and hit a 2 hour basketball workout.
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Old 05-10-2011, 04:17 AM   #8
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Re: Imitating Pukie the Clown

Casey, how long have you been doing crossfit for?

I'm fairly new and the affiliate i started at I puked after most sessions. I recently swapped to a different affiliate and haven't once since then. Most of this I attribute to better scaling, though it's possible I'm getting fitter too.
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:33 AM   #9
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Re: Imitating Pukie the Clown

Thanks for all the info. I'm relatively new to CF, but not new to high endurance training. I performed on the national level for oly lifting in high school, national level in crew during college, and ran 1/2 marathons post college.

Vomiting is the body's physiological response to maximum exertion (usually max heart rate). It is caused by blood moving from the GI into your muscles. Of course this stops digestion which is when your stomach expels. Whenever I do I always immediately follow it up with rinsing my mouth out to minimize acid erosion.

Not that this is entirely scientific, or true empirical evidence, but IME if you break down a group working out into those that vomit and those that don't you'll see that those that do are generally stronger/faster/more stamina/more agile/everything "more" than the others. I've seen this throughout my entire workout life in oly lifting, crew, and running.
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:52 AM   #10
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Not that this is entirely scientific, or true empirical evidence, but IME if you break down a group working out into those that vomit and those that don't you'll see that those that do are generally stronger/faster/more stamina/more agile/everything "more" than the others.
You're right. This is not remotely scientific. I'd like to see an example of any high level athlete that pukes regularly in training. By this measure, you should be an Olympian. I don't dispute that this might happen occasionally.

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