Are You Overtraining – When To Back Off

Regardless of your reason for training, its easy for someone to over train.

Sleep, Diet, Age all limiting factors in our ability to recover.

When we train we add stress to our body, too much stress and you’ll lack the ability to recover.

Each of us have a minimum and maximum  threshold limit with our training.

The better your diet and sleep the greater our range between our maximum and minimum range will be.

If you’re always under your maximum line, you won’t stimulate much growth, so you’ll always feel “Okay” or “good” when going to the gym but you won’t be making much progress.

Your maximum line is the sweet spot we try to reach, balancing stress from life and training.  The goal is to reach the line as often as possible but never crossing.

When we cross this line is when we begging to notice diminishing returns on our training, getting weaker, and in most cases being over our maximum threshold is where we get injured.  We have slowly build our training volume in order to increase our maximum limit.

So what are some of the Warning Signs You’re Overtraining

Falling apart

Getting Sick Often

Trouble Sleeping

Workouts are just harder

If you’re experiencing any of these it may be time for a de-load week. 

Then before going back into training maybe have a ramp up week,

Most important Listen to your body!


 

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