How To Avoid Over Training

FatigueOver training is a common mistake for many newbie and seasoned weight trainers.  Our common sense tells us that if we want to build muscle, we need to kill ourselves in the gym.  As is often the case, common sense has lead us astray.  It is true that you need to constantly challenge and push your body if you want to see results, but you don’t want to over do it.  Your body needs to be able to recover from a workout in order to grow and build muscle.  If you push it too hard, not only will you not see the results that you want, but you will also likely experience several negative side effects.  Some of these include fatigue, irritability and trouble sleeping.  It can also wear down your immune system.

I experienced this myself when I committed to try a workout program that involved working out 7 days a week for 90 days.  It was brutal.  I ended up getting a cold and had the worst time getting over it.  It was the longest cold I have ever had.  On top of that, once I got sick, I had a hard time making my workouts very effective.  My progression in strength slowed and eventually plateaued.

So, all of this begs a few questions.  How do I know if I’m over training?  What do I do if I find that I am over training?  How can I prevent myself from over training in the future?  I found a great article that answers these questions and also goes into detail on all of the negative effects of over training.  The article is called How to Avoid Over-training to Maximize Muscle Growth by Vince DelMonte.  While your over at Vince’s site, you should check out his No-Nonsense Six Pack program.  It is one of the best ab programs I have found.

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One Response to “How To Avoid Over Training”

  1. That’s why it is better for beginners to learn from those who have walked the path already, not those who have only theoretically walked the path whose knowledge consists of what “should” be.

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