The overtrainer

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You ever remember being told in gym class in high school that more is good? Or say you were on the football team and they ran you ragged saying practice makes perfect? Sure they might have had a point, after all you can’t throw a football once and say you play in the CFL. You need to practice and practice in that regard after a while can make perfect, but what about with working out? Is more always better like eating that favorite meal five nights a week or maybe could there be room for something else?

 

I remember starting out training when I was a kid, I looked up to bodybuilders for inspiration and Arnold ‘’the govenator’’ Schwarzenegger was probably one of my favorites and heroes growing up, and in some ways still is. Guys like Arnold trained a lot and you could tell, the muscles they had were huge and after a while a lot of people wanted to look big and strong as well. The bodybuilders of that era put in a lot of time to train and if I remember reading correctly they might as well of lived in the gyms of yesteryear. Though that was years ago and it’s well now and that brings up the question, is it really good to train six days a week?

 

There are large ranges for how many days a week anyone can work out. Could be anywhere from one day a week to all the days of the week. The people who do it could be anything from athletes getting ready for that next competition to people who work a retail job some days of the week. Point being is that while training in and out of the gym is great not just for the body but for the mind as well you have to wonder when it’s too much.  

 

Overtraining is a phenomenon where you get to a point that you are training parts of your body so much that eventually one of several things could happen either separately or all at once. The signs of overtraining become more and more obvious and take more than physical forms, they can be psychological as well. Overtraining is something you might be able to pick up on right away, others maybe not. Some of the signs of overtraining can be as follows.

 

-Feelings of depression

-Decreased ability to concentrate

-General apathy (especially towards activities you used to enjoy)

-Insomnia

-Loss of appetite

- Feeling of ‘’heavy legs’’

-Consistent decrease in performance

-Increased likely hood of injury.

 

These are just some of the symptoms of overtraining but it should give you an idea of what to look for if you feel like you might be or if you’re a trainer going through school these things can be pretty useful. Remember if your training a lot and you start to feel some or more of these symptoms you might be overdoing it.

 

Overall resistance training and cardiovascular training can be a lot of fun and be great for your body. However doing it too much can end up wrecking your gains that you have made in the last who knows how long and sometimes it doesn’t hurt to take a day or two off. Listen to your body, make a judgment call based on how you feel and go from there. But most of all be safe and have fun!

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