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What is overtraining?

Overtraining is the result of giving your body more work (training) than it can handle. This does not happen overnight, or as a result of one or two workouts, in fact, you have to overwork the muscles to cause growth.There is, however, a point where they just can't keep up to a constant heavy workload. At this point, it's best to take a few days off training and then cut the volume in half for a few weeks. This way you will continue to make gains as you recover! Learn to recognize the signs of chronic overtraining so you will know when to cut back before injuries occur. Some of the more common signs are as follows:

Signs of overtraining

  • Feel tired all the time but can't sleep well

  • No gains, maybe actually losing strength and/or size

  • No motivation to train
    -Muscles and joints aching all the time

  • Loss of appetite

  • No or not much of a pump when training

  • Jittery "stretched out" feeling

Please note that there may be other causes for some of these signs such as lack of sleep or too much coffee, but if you notice several of these signs, cut down on your training (cut the number of set in half) or give yourself more time between workouts.



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