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The Top 3 Reasons You Might Be Overtraining


People who participate in sports or bodybuilding sometimes have a problem with overtraining. If you've been working out for a long time, you've probably overtrained at some point. It happens so frequently because most individuals believe that the more you practice, the more results you should notice. This is completely untrue. Overworking your muscles can result in chronic damage and, in the worst-case scenario, muscle atrophy.

Of course, in order to grow, you must be consistent with your workout and have a high enough intensity. When you combine hard exercise with a lack of adequate rest and recovery, you've got yourself a recipe for overtraining. The human body functions in a wave-like fashion. You must respect and cater to this cycle. You work hard and then take a break to recover. Rinse and repeat as needed. The human body develops in this manner.

So, how can you tell if you're overtraining, and what can you do to prevent it from happening in the first place?

It's easy to recognize when it comes to bodybuilding. Assume you were able to bench press 150 pounds for 10 reps the week before. You are overtraining if you can only bench press the same amount of weight for 7 reps this week. The point is, as time passes, you should be getting stronger and stronger. If you're going the wrong way, it's because your body hasn't had enough time to repair and BUILD new muscles. In fact, I believe you lost muscle mass in this scenario due to a lack of sufficient recovery, diet, or a proper exercise schedule.

So, if you want to avoid overtraining, make sure you get these three things right. To allow your body to heal, obtain a good eight hours of sleep and take a few days off from training each week. Consume nutrients that will aid in the mending of your body as well as the development of new muscles. Consume a variety of veggies, fruits, proteins, and healthy fats. Finally, establish a comprehensive training regimen that will work your complete body while allowing for adequate rest time. You don't want to do a workout that targets your chest for three days in a row. That's a tragedy waiting to happen.