A good friend of mine started a roundtable discussion on Facebook centering around the phenomena of overtraining and I figured my response would make a good topic for my weekly blog post. I suppose first I should preface that for this article we’re concerned with the physical aspects of overtraining since there are behavioral and emotional conditions that can accompany it. For those that may be unfamiliar with it, overtraining is the end result of a person exceeding their body’s ability to recover by incorporating too much volume and intensity into their exercise program. I use the term exercise program loosely as it can affect all sorts of athletes such as weight lifters, runners, swimmers, and even golfers. The individual stops making progress, and CAN even begin to backslide in terms of their performance in their respective sport.
The holiday season is upon us as I’m sure you are all aware. There are about 7.5 weeks until Christmas and from now until then you should be prepared to get bombarded with the evilest of temptations that exist in our society. Whether it is snacking at the office, overindulging at company parties, or going to happy hour after work you must RESIST THE TEMPTATION the majority of the time! Constantly giving in to these temptations can lead to bypassing your scheduled workout and cause your balanced meal plan to spiral out of control. The end result is all of your hard work up to this point will slowly diminish and you will be back at square one come January 1st.
About the Author
Gym Owner and Personal Trainer, Keith Diedrich has a B.A. in Exercise Science and has been professionally involved in health and fitness in various capacities since 2005.
"My initial thought about Keith was that he seemed very casual and not as frenetic as other professionals. I quickly learned that he was gauging my stamina, movements, and technique. He wasn't after a fast burnout, but he wanted to exhaust every muscle every time. He said we were working on a "mind to body connection." With this connection I'd be able to gauge whether a set was 15 reps or 20 reps regardless of the initial "goal of 15!" I believe much of my gains came from Keith always seeing my potential even when I couldn't." ~ Saul "Mr. Biceps"