So on Tuesday I was training with a friend when he mentioned that he thought he was overtraining and so it would be a good idea to take a week off of working out.
Being honest I did a double take when I heard this.
In fact, I snapped my neck back so fast I’m going to be sore for few days!.
I then asked what was going on with him and why he thought he was overtraining.
“Well, my body has been pretty sore and I’ve been tired a lot. My friend who works out a lot says I’m probably overtraining and should take some time off?
Then I promptly took some cement out of gym bag, put it on my hand and slapped him across the face with it.
This will help you harden up!!
(That maybe didn’t actually happen) but when I said it might it caught his attention:)
“How can you say you’re overtraining when you only workout 4-5 hours per week?
You’re body is capable of overcoming a lot more stress than that. In fact, the way I look at it most people’s perspective of overtraining is a complete MYTH,” I told him.
I’ll be the first to tell you that overtraining is 100% real and a lot of professional athletes experience it, but the average person working out for an hour a day is probably not overtraining.
The definition of overtraining if you google it… is as follows: Overtraining is a physical, behavioural, and emotional condition that occurs when the volume and intensity of an individual’s exercise exceeds their recovery capacity.
They cease making progress, and can even begin to lose strength and fitness.
Overtraining is a common problem in weight training, but it can also be experienced by runners and other athletes.
The keywords here are exceeds recovery capacity.
Most people aren’t overtraining, they’re actually under-recovering.
THERES A HUGE DIFFERENCE!!
I then asked him how many hours of sleep he was getting per night and what his diet was like.
He said, “Well, I go to bed at 2am (I’m loving game of thrones season 4 he says) and wakeup around 8am. I usually eat whatever I can because I’m so busy.”
“I just thought No no no you header. Your body needs more sleep than that. Try going to bed by 10:30 at the latest and start eating a diet plan that will allow you to properly recover from your workouts,” I said to him.
“Also make sure you’re drinking a lot of water as dehydration will make you feel tired.”
He replied, “Ok ok I get it. I’m going to get started today then.”
As he was walking away I asked him, “Hey! Where do you think you’re going?”
“I’m going to go home to get that stuff started.”
I told him, “I don’t think so pal, you still have a workout to finish.”
And the rest is history.
Bet you any money!
If he puts this advice in place he doesn’t need a break, he will feel better mentally throughout the day and his strength goes up in all his lifts!!
Hope this helps