Recently I started working out at the gym twice a day . One session in the morning another in the evening. Both sessions are heavy as I believe in giving it all you got whenever you workout . I mosty do cardio in the morning and weight training in the evening. I do this from Monday to Friday. Some may consider this to be over training.
Lets define over training :
Overtraining is the result of giving your body more work or stress than it can handle. This occurs when a person experiences stress and physical trauma from exercise faster than their body can repair the damage. Overtraining is also known as chronic fatigue, burnout and overstress in athletes.
symptom of over training
- Persistent muscle soreness.
- Persistent fatigue.
- Elevated resting heart rate.
- Reduced heart rate variability.
- Increased susceptibility to infections.
- Increased incidence of injuries.
Is it a myth?
One inspirational bodybuilder/motivational speaker I follow online is CT Fletcher . He is know for famously saying “F” over training! what he simply means is dont use “over training” as an excuse not to push yourself to the limit .
Every one is different , so what may seem like an intense total body workout for one person may be a another person’s warm-up. If you are engaging in extensive workouts every time you are in the gym, the likelihood of pushing yourself to your extreme limit, to the point that you’re “overtraining” becomes unlikely. Fletcher’s belief is that once you push your body past it’s limits continuously, you eventually grow accustomed to that level of stress and adapt to it. What used to be your limit becomes just another stepping stone .
Is over training a myth ? Well, yes and no . Yes because you can push yourself too hard to the point of injury , and no because if you continue to push yourself you will eventually pass your perceived limitations.
My advice is always push yourself to the limit when working out ,BUT make sure you get enough rest and the right nutrition.
The mind plays an important role in your physical fitness journey.For example, If you believe in your mind that you can not do more than 30 pushups in a row then you will not be able to do it. But if you believe that you can , then you will push yourself till you do it .