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Overtraining Is More Harmful than You Might Think


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over training hurts yoru functional strengthUnbeknownst to many athletes, overtraining is one of the most common, yet most serious issues that these men and women will face in the gym. Even the professional athletes seem to think that the more they push themselves, the better the results, such as increased functional strength. What they don’t realize is that overtraining is actually moving their fitness goals further away.

Defining Overtraining

Overtraining is training too much without giving your body the adequate time it needs to recover. There are actual physical symptoms you may feel when overtraining. These include an increased heart rate, muscle loss, decreased appetite and restless sleep. It’s not something that happens overnight. It starts off as a gradual and subtle process. Overreaching is the first stage, which is characterized by a drop in performance and functional strength. Some overreaching is to be expected if you are in a highly competitive training program. However, if the body is not given the proper amount of time for recovery, the athlete will eventually progress to the overtraining stage and experience a continued loss of functional strength.

Types of Overtraining

Overtraining can be broken down into to main types: monotonous training and chronic overwork. Competitive athletes continually push past the thresholds for their performance and do not allow an adequate recovery time. They are concerned with building muscle mass and functional strength. Untrained or new fitness enthusiasts, usually led by good-intentioned, but often inexperienced trainers, fall into the monotonous training. They do the same exercises each session, without any variation. Some of the added symptoms of overtraining include decreased functional strength, increased stress levels, a weakened immune system, irritability, hormonal deficiency. Believe it or not, full blown over training, left unchecked and uncorrected, can take up to a year to recover from. This is certainly not something that any serious athlete would want to experience, as there would be a tremendous loss of functional strength and muscle mass.

Preventing Overtraining

You should be able to recognize the symptoms. If so, take some time off and allow your body to recover. This may take anywhere from a couple of days to a week or more. Remember your basic exercising physiology. Muscle growth occurs when you’re not training. Your functional strength will grow, as well. It occurs during the recovery process. Before you get back into the training room, get a scheduled, well-designed program. Set goals to use as performance indicators to determine your progress. Finally, make sure your body gets the proper nutrition, such as easy lean meat, raw vegetables, and fruits. Take a few supplements, including whey, omega 3, and multivitamins. This will help improve your functional strength and your recovery time, as well.

Even though exercise is a great way to reduce stress, your body is still under physical stress while training. Your body can only take so much and with all the emotional stressors in our lives today, it’s easy to overload your body faster than the body can adapt. While you can certainly train in beast mode, do it smart. Avoid overtraining and ending up out for days, weeks or even longer recovering.



2 Responses to “Overtraining Is More Harmful than You Might Think”


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    This is a great point for everybody to take head to, not just pro athletes. I have experienced this myself in the gym when I used to lift weights. Pushing myself every time to make progress and not deviating from my schedule no matter how I felt.

    Since I’ve started doing mostly bodyweight training, I haven’t had as much of an issue with over training. I think that all of the different variations of exercises helps combat this problem, as you mentioned above about monotonous training.

    Very good insights, especially for someone who is new to working out regularly.

    Keep it up,
    Greg

  2. John says:

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    hey man, nice blog…really like it and added it to bookmarks. keep up with good work

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