The Dangers of Overtraining

From the time that I could ever remember working out I’ve always trained very hard but for so many years I realized I was clearly over-training. I thought that by training 6 to 7 days a week for 3 hours a day that I would be able to get ripped and build muscle faster than the next person. It took me years to figure out that I was overtraining and I wasn’t giving my body enough time to recover. Your muscles don’t repair its body when its training it repairs its body when it is resting.

Some of the warning signs and symptoms of overtraining is pain in muscles and joints, general aches and pains, mild to serious leg soreness, headaches, insomnia and many incidents of tears. If you are experiencing any of this it means that you are overtraining and you need to give your body rest. If you feel really sore in your body it is ok to take a day or 2 days off to allow your body to recover. Taking a day or two days off from the gym doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to accomplish your fitness goals.

Listen to your body and if you aren’t in tuned with your body then you are going to have many injuries and you will never improve your physique from a fat loss perspective because you won’t know when to take down the duration and intensity. If you honestly recognize any warning signs of overtraining then it is important to objectively assess your training routine and make adjustments before you end up injuring yourself.

Take it from somebody who used to train 6 to 7 days a week for 3 hours a day for so many years. Anybody that trains that long in the gym and spends that many days a week or that much time in the gym is clearly overtraining.  Your fat loss goals by training this way will not progress any faster or any sooner.

Sometimes it is hard for people to realize that less time in the gym is better for muscle growth and fat loss. As a young teenager I was a very skinny kid and I thought if I lived in the gym then that would help me build muscle quicker what I didn’t realize was that my goals weren’t going to happen overnight and that it takes time to build a lean muscular physique. It didn’t matter how long and how much time I spent in the gym my physique was not going to improve any faster.Remember when you are training in the gym it is about being efficient with your time and the longer you stay in there does not mean the better your body will look. Your muscles grow while you are sleeping as opposed to when you are training. If you do not get enough sleep it is hard for your muscles to recover and repair at its optimal level. A lack of sleep many times prevents your body from being fully functional for the next workout. You should be achieving at least 8 hours of sleep per day for optimal muscle repair and growth. Remember it is about being smarter in the gym not being in there longer.