Several workouts missed because you seemingly have lost motivation to go to the gym
and get in a ‘workout’.
Been there…done that…so what!
You my friend have likely succumbed to the world of becoming Overtrained.
EVERYONE who works out…has worked out with any frequency
of intensity has gone through this…will go through this…and will need to understand that
getting overtrained is not a normal state to occur.
But it sure as hell is more common than anyone realizes…and I am just writing
about it because it is simply too important to sweep under the rug.
Below I mention some of the very obvious signs of overtraining:
- Achiness or pain in the muscles and/or joints
- Elevated morning pulse
- Sudden inability to complete workouts
- Feeling unmotivated and lacking energy
- Increased susceptibility to colds, sore throats, and other illnesses
- Loss of appetite
- Decrease in performance
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM EXPERIENCING TWO OR MORE OF THESE SIGNS OF OVERTRAINING?
If you are in fact experiencing two or more of these above signs of overtraining…you ARE overtrained!
If you train at TheLIFTGym…You do not stop exercising.
You simply bring down the intensity of your training.
That would mean to take a break from the FitTribe or Strongtribe program for a week or two.
“Hey Matt…I Can’t Stop Exercising. I need to do ‘something’!”
I agree 100% my friend. You do need to do something.
First, You need to visit the reality that you may be overtrained (or over-reaching…the step before an overtrained state)
by assessing your current state and come to the decision that you need to take a break from the very modality
that got you there.
Note: You’ve heard me discuss ‘Building The Motor and Running The Motor.’
Well…You have likely Run The Motor A Bit Too Hard…For A Bit Too Long.
No Worries…It’s Just Time For Your Re-Build ; )
The next step is to take advantage of both BaseCamp30 and Rebound30. These sessions are modalities of training that are specifically designed to rebuild the resources that you have tapped-out from the other mode(s) of exercise.
Staying home and doing nothing will NOT help you in your recovery from an overtrained state. Low to moderate exercise will provide the stimulus enough to keep your bodyweight/lean mass maintained while re-building/recompensing your aerobic system and partitioning nutrients from your food (micro and macro) optimally. Optimally means energy/calories use in muscular system and rebuilding aerobic system. Not optimally would mean energy/calories stored in fat cell (adipose tissue). This is crucial for recovering to an optimal level of health and readiness.
When you come back to a routine that is a bit more intense you will have a much more competent foundation to train hard again without soon again feeling beat up…and experiencing unnecessary soreness…achiness…fatigue…tiredness.
That Is How You ‘Do’ Training.