Once you have the training bug it’s an awesome feeling, nothing stops you from getting to the gym or doing a massive workout. The down side is then over training and the old saying too much of a good thing is a bad thing is very true in this case. I have been a victim of over training and I know that it hinders you and can cause injury or health issues.
When you are training at an intense level you are really breaking down your body. Now this is what we want as the body realises that to survive it needs to repair and come back stronger or it will die. This is great as the body will build more muscle and drop off excess fat and you will start feeling better and stronger.
So how can you get too much of this…….. well the body can’t take this strain every day. Muscles alone take up to 72 hours to repair. The body also then needs to repair and re energise itself after a cardio session. If the body is under this constant stress day in and day out the why it reacts is muscles start to break down and the body will retain fat (yes it will retain fat). Joints will start to wear down and you might feel clicking or pain in the joints. You also start to feel run down and tried all the time.
Listening to your body is important, I under took a program where I was training twice a day with weights. After a few weeks my back hurt and knees and hips started clicking. So I listen to my body and stopped and went back to training once a day and then I even reduced the amount of body parts I train from twice a week down to once a week and I have gained the best results I’ve ever achieved.
In conclusion, listen to your body, get the right nutrition and rest but if you are doing a class or a weight session and you walk out and could do it again then you need to work harder in that shorter amount of time (45 mins – 1 hour) instead of working at a moderate rate for a longer period of time (over 2 hours+).