The majority of people who claim to be overtrained need to man up and train. Don't get me wrong, overtraining does exist and I have seen people overtrain, but the majority of those people are athletes at top levels of their sport that are probably training multiple times a day. What does it really take to push someone over the edge? Well probably alot more than you think. The body is an incredible machine and is capable of extreme limits far beyond our believe and that in my opinion is what bodybuilders or any extreme athlete is ultimately trying to achieve and that is to push the body to its “limits”. Let me clarify that there is a difference between overreaching and overtraining. Overreaching is a short-term decline in performance that can be recovered usually in several days. Overtraining occurs when it takes weeks or months to recover. This is actually an extremely rare occurrence as long as nutrition and supplementation are correct. If you are actually overtrained, you'll see some obvious signs. In general, if you're experiencing any of these signs listed below, you may be overtrained.
Sign 1 – YOU'RE WEAKER THAN USUAL
You should always try best to keep track of your major lifts, as well as the volume of work you are doing. In doing this can have a positive impact on your training significantly. If you haven't changed any variables for each exercise and your lift strength start to go down, you may have a problem, take it as a red flag. But only begin to take this red flag seriously if your strength is low for a series of workouts, not just in a single session.
Sign 2 – YOU'RE LISTLESS
Are you so tired that you can't get out of bed in the morning? Are you kind of moving slowly from exercise to exercise or just going through the motions, or maybe you are unable to keep up with the typical pace of your workout. Remember to remove all other variables from the equation. Is there anything else that could be causing you to feel this way such as medication or stress ?? I've seen a lot of people misinterpret being stressed out, feeling tired due to a busy schedule as signs of overtraining. If there are no outside factors and your daily life is the same as usual then something may be wrong.
Sign 3 – YOU ARE ILL AND INJURED
Aside from making you feel tired and weak as mentioned above , overtraining can wreck your bodies immune system. If you're training too much without eating or resting enough, those systems that keep you healthy, injury-free are going to be at risk. To fix your program, plan a deload and a detox for a week or 2 between your training program. Now a deload does not mean that you can now take 2 weeks off from exercise and laze about on the couch all day, it simply means it's time to drop the weights and volume to give your body some time to recover. With a deload period in your program, you can keep your muscles active and working so you don't take any backward steps.Your body will thank you for the time it has to recover, and you won't have to worry about overtraining.
One of the biggest ways to avoid and prevent overtraining from taking place is by listening to what your body is telling you and by being able to understand what it is telling you correctly, and finding a solution to the problem.
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