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Over-Training: Is it a Good Training Technique?
People who start
bodybuilding-training programs are often warned of overtraining. To build
muscles, you have to do a lot of heavy weight lifting. Can a person over train?
Most experts believe that a person can overreach. The idea of having too much
training is almost contrary to the whole goal of muscle building. Simply put,
over-training can be described as pushing yourself to a state where your
muscles are constantly overworked with insufficient time between sessions for
recovery. The consequences of over-training or rather, not giving your muscles
sufficient time to recover can actually have the opposite effect to what you
are trying to achieve.
People increase their volume of
exercise routines for different reasons. For some, exercise is so addictive
they cannot do more than enough. Others simply want to gain muscles quicker and
somehow rationalize that if they do more heavy lifting more frequently they
will see results quicker.
Over-training can make your muscles
explode. Use the following signs to avoid further damage to your body:
Soreness after Exercising
Generally when your body gets used
to exercise and the intensity that you put it through, the initial soreness you
felt at the beginning should lessen. But if you find that regardless of how
diligent you are with your nutrition and supplements that are meant to help you
recover that your body aches more than ever then it means youíve been over
and Loss of Focus
Most power athletes like body
builders experience loss of focus and restlessness when they over-train. This
is because the nervous system is pushed to the limit. The supplements that most
body builders take contain ingredients like Caffeine that makes them more
excitable. When youíre on steroids, you might appear manic. It is important
that you include plenty of sleep in your rest plan (if you have one). Your body
does most of the recovery when you are sleeping.
When you are over-training you will
start to feel more fatigued than normal. Exercise should never leave you
feeling sluggish and tired but rejuvenated. When you start to feel bone-tired,
you need to dial back and give your body some rest.
of Lean Mass
You will reach a plateau where your
muscles will seem like they are shrinking instead of growing. When this happens
most people are inclined to train even harder but that is not the right thing
to do. What your body is showing you is that it needs time to rest. Your
muscles get frayed and torn during exercise, they get repaired when you are
resting from one day to the next and as they heal, they grow.
Too much exercise can actually
cause you to lose muscle. There needs to be a balance between what you consume
and what you use during exercise as well as the hormone levels in your body.
Your body produces more testosterone when you over train. This hormone
increases your bodyís resistance to insulin, which means you will not be able
to burn as much fat as you should but you might end up storing fat that you
To avoid overtraining, do intense
exercises over shorter durations. If you get to the point where you feel sick
more often and have unrelenting soreness in your joints then you might have to
stop exercising for a couple of days to give your frayed nervous system a
chance to recharge.
Since forming the website http://crazygain.com/ Kevin Hodges now reviews, practises and writes articles on
different training techniques, best foods for training results and natural pre
and post training supplements to maximise a personís muscle building and
fitness gains.† The ultimate goal is to
help others help themselves to be better!
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