In most areas of life we have been told that hard work pays off. It is simple, if you work harder you will achieve more. Although this may apply to some situations, doing more isn’t always better when it comes to fitness and working out.
Overtraining is real, and it may actually be the one thing that is slowing down your progress.
What is Overtraining?
First of all, let’s clearly define what overtraining really is.
Overtraining is a condition which occurs when an individual performs more training than his or her body can recover from, to a point at which performance declines (1).
Are you hitting the gym every day for several hours, because you want to achieve your goals so bad that all of your efforts are engaged?
No matter how strong you push you simply never see the progress expected? And even worse, others that are doing far less work than you seem to be better off?
If any of this resonate with you, then you might be overtraining.
Top Signs of Overtraining
To help you better understand if you’re in fact overtraining, we are going to list the most common sings which indicate that something is off with you regime.
The most common overtraining sings include:
Struggling with progress
Your workouts are starting to feel harder than before. Weights you have normally used are suddenly heavier. And on top of this, you simply cannot make any strength progress. This is a clear first sing of overtraining. Just don’t get the loss in strength mixed up with the natural strength loss of weight cutting.
If you’re lacking willpower and motivation lately, you might be doing too much training. If you are normally super pumped about your workouts, but out of nowhere you simply have no drive to do them anymore, overtraining might be the one to blame.
The horrible impact of overtraining extends itself beyond your time in the gym. Overtraining doesn’t only impact your physical capabilities, but your mental ones as well. Because of its negative effects on the body as a whole, overtraining can induce depression.
Hard workouts are certainly an important part of your journey. And sometimes soreness can come up after those successful training sessions. This is absolutely normal in most cases, however if you experience this unpleasant feeling for more than two days you are overtraining.
If you are always pushing your body to the limits, day after day, then there is a potential for the nervous system to become over stimulated. Studies show that a lack of sleep and recovery caused by overtraining leads to a feeling of prolonged tiredness.
Working out and lifting heavy weights on a regular basis doesn’t come without a risk. With no precautions and a proper form you are placing yourself in a position to not only induce injuries, but to also create long-term joint problems. These problems can also occur as a result of unnecessary overtraining. If yo