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Overtraining and how to spot it

Overtraining is something that effects us all from time to time. It can sneak up on you without you realizing and it can set you back weeks if not delt with properly.

How you deal with overtraining of course depends on what you’re currently doing or not doing. Consider firstly the fact that for most people, pushing through the sings of overtraining, a training plateau or beginning a new program requires an initial step back, not a step up.

See it as an opportunity for change. An opportunity to implement something new and exciting into your training schedule. An overtraining plateau is not an opportunity to necessarily step things up a notch however.

For those of us not using the juice (and even if you are), the chances are you’ve leveled off as a result of overtraining. It can sneak up on you quietly. Overtraining is incredibly easy to achieve in any training schedule, and often you don’t know you’re doing it  until it’s too late.

Failing to spot the signs of an impending training plateau can set you back weeks in your training. Get to know your body and how it reacts to different types and levels of stimulus.  We’re all different and what works for one person may not for you. Learn to spot these warning signs that you may be over doing it:

  • Tiredness – If you’re feeling constantly sluggish it may be time to pull back at the gym
  • Irritability – Being more irritable than normal is a sure sign your body isn’t happy
  • Insomnia – Ironically even though you’re super tired, you can’t sleep night after night
  • Loss of appetite – This is another sure sign overtraining is setting in
  • Loss of strength – You feel ok, but you can barely lift the same weight you did last week
  • Lingering cold or flu – Exercise stresses the body. Adequate recovery is necessary at all times
If you spot any of these warning signs of overtraining you can be sure a training plateau is just around the corner. Learn to read your own body. Very often the warning signs are there long before we bother to listen to them. Any training routine should be in constant check with changes made as and when necessary.


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