Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional . Consult both of these people before starting any new dietary or exercise regiments. I am giving my researched opinion and experience, but anything you choose to do is your decision and I assume no legal responsibility.
What’s up everyone? In my last past I stated that I would be doing a series of posts about the concept of over training. This a controversial and confusing topic, because if you ask 10 people what over training is you will surely get a variety of answers. We have to take into account the fact that we all different genetic attributes that determine our rate of recovery and the amount of stress that workouts place on our bodies.
We must also consider that we lead different lifestyles. Some of you work 40-plus hour work weeks, have kids and don’t prepare your own meals. You consider it a good week if you average 5 hours of sleep a night and make it to the gym 3 days.
Others of you might have less obligations with your time and have an ample amount of time to meal prep and can work out as long as you want several times per week provided that you don’t feel fatigued from the previous day’s workout(s).
I’m not saying one is better or worse than the other because we all have bills to pay at the end of the day, I’m just giving a frame of reference.
I’m also not saying all people fall into one category or the other.
Both lifestyles have advantages and disadvantages. Person A might not have as much time to train as Person B, but all things being equal person A may have less risk of over training due to the fact that he or she might train with less intensity due to having less energy and working out less frequently.
Person B has more time to train than Person A, but might be at a higher risk of over training because he or she might train 4 plus days a week, at a very high intensity, for long periods of time.
Like I said, I’m generalizing here.
With all of this being said, I would define over training as exerting yourself at a higher rate than that of your recovery or:
This means something different for everyone, but the concept is the same. In the next post, I will give the factors that go into over training and how not being efficient in them can increase your risk. Thanks for reading.