Overtraining related to Resistance Training

Many people feel that the more exercise I do the better.  Believe it or not, it is possible to do too much exercise and no longer get positive results. You can experience overtraining symptoms in both resistance and aerobic training, but today we will focus on resistance training.

Overtraining can result from too much intensity or volume (amount of weight).  Many overtraining symptoms are the result of your progression rate.  Simply, you are trying to do too much too soon.

Some symptoms of Overtraining may include:

  • Plateau followed by decrease in strength gains
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Decrease in lean body mass(when not dieting)
  • Decreased appetite
  • A cold that will not go away
  • Persistent flu-like symptoms
  • Loss of interest in exercising
  • Mood changes
  • Excessive muscle soreness

The best way to avoid overtraining is to set realistic goals and stick to the plan. If you feel that you are experiencing symptoms of overtraining, take a break.  Take a week off and reevaluate your routine.  Maybe you need to work out fewer days per week, take some weight off the bar, or vary your routine.  Whatever you need to get the positive energy flowing again is what you want to do.  You need to take a step back and reinvent your workout program.

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