Training 101 : Do you listen to your body or are you over-training?

It’s tempting to train more, lift heavier and work harder when you’ve got your eyes on the prize.

But is it always beneficial to work harder in the gym?
Maybe it’s time to listen to your body.

Tuning in to your body is a valuable skill for athletes and bodybuilders. You already know that true muscle gain happens when you’re resting, not when you’re at the gym. During training, you over-load your body, stress your system, and create micro tears in muscle tissue. During recovery periods, your muscle repair and grow, your body gets stronger and fitter, and important adaptations occur.

Reaching your strength and fitness goals is all about finding the perfect balance between energy output and caloric intake, training stress and proper recovery, whole food nutrition and sports supplementation, training and rest.

The best way to find your own, ideal, formula is by learning to listen to all the subtle cues your body gives you on a daily basis. Are you listening to your body? Or are you over-training?

Tell-tale signs that you’re over-training
– Changes in appetite (hunger spikes, or lack of appetite)
– Inability to fall asleep or stay asleep
– Insomnia
– Changes in mood (irritability, depression, low mood)
– Food cravings and emotional eating
– Severe muscle soreness that lasts more than 72 hours
– Niggles and minor injuries which won’t clear up
– A lack of desire to go to the gym and train
– Low libido
– Exhaustion and low energy even when rested

Do you recognise any of those common signs of over-training? It might be time to take a step back, re-programme your training, and get your sports supplementation on point so you can really support recovery and muscle growth.

After all, you’re in this for the long-haul!

  • August 12, 2014
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