Overtraining does it exist
01-31-2006 11:52 PM
Overtraining does it exist
I train with high intensity and I am sure I overtrain to a point but making great gains. Should I tone it down or keep it up. Thanks
02-01-2006 12:00 AM
Yes it does exist. Get enough time off, train,rest,grow.
02-01-2006 12:04 AM
If it's working, change nothing. This should be obvious.
02-01-2006 06:08 AM
Agreed, if your making "great" gains, then your not overtraining.
Originally Posted by TheCrownedOne
02-01-2006 09:27 AM
You could start keeping track of your resting pulse for a more objective way to look at it.
When you wake up tomorrow, before you even get out of bed, check your pulse for a full minute. Do this about once a week. If you suddenly notice your average number take a big jump, you're probably overtraining. Then take a few days off and recover.
Side note: when you take your OWN pulse, use your thumb. Since it has the same pulse as your wrist, it will enhance what your feel. You only need to use two fingers when taking someone elses pulse.
02-01-2006 09:30 AM
overtraining specific muscles definitely exists and overtaxing the CNS absolutely exists
02-01-2006 10:32 AM
You'll know when you're overtraining b/c you won't be gaining, you'll feel lethargic all the time, and you'll get sick easily.
Good info, Crunch
02-01-2006 11:21 AM
When I was competing, I'd use the pulse checks a lot. It seems I'd notice the rise in resting HR before I started feeling like crap...kind of an early warning system. I could then take 2 days off and be good by the third day, rather than waiting unitl I felt like **** and had to take a week off.
This all reminded me of something else too. Don't take your pulse in your neck. There are barorecptors located there, they help regulate blood pressure. Since your BP and HR have an inverse relationship, if you push there, your body will think it's BP has gone up, thereby reducing your HR and giving you a false lower reading.
Unless you want to wear a polar monitor to bed, the thumb on your wrist is the best. It works!
02-01-2006 12:23 PM
Yep, overtraining is probably were most newbies spend their time. After making those big initial gains you're usually all enthusiastic to make more, train harder et cetera, then the gains stop and you train even harder and harder until tendons start to get damaged. This is what I did and my shoulder paid quite a price.
Finding your sweet spot in terms of training frequency can be tough but is a very important aspect of BBing.
I now lift only two days per week and mentally, I feel a lot better. I'm rearing to go when I hit the gym and have far fewer joint/tendon issues.
02-01-2006 02:24 PM
02-01-2006 06:01 PM
Doin good. House renovations are trying to eat away my gains but I'm fighting back
02-01-2006 06:45 PM
Guys I seem to overtrain quite easily and at relativly low volumes of activity relative to others. I never had great recovery but it has gotten worse over the years. I am only 31 right now but my exercise tolerance is actually quite low. I can make great gains in size and weight either off (not bad) or on AAS (great) but nonetheless I am always left with that fatigued and lethargic feeling all the time. So even though my training is improving, the rest of the day I feel pretty ****ty. Do you guys have any helpful advice? I just went through a long layoff and now in my second week of training again I feel the lethargy already coming back.
02-01-2006 06:51 PM
i can tell when i break is in order. i train pretty f'ing hard 4x/wk hitting each bodypart twice in a weeks time. after 6-7 weeks, my body feels used and abused, definately time for a break. last time, 5 days was enough and i felt ready to roll again. just gotta watch for it, you can always tell when it's coming. feel tired all day, workouts drag by without enthusiasm, not hungry, etc.
02-03-2006 05:17 PM
Mr.50 you may have sleep apnea. This problem will greatly reduce your recovery ability and overall energy level. You are at an age where it might start to show up.
If you snore or snort, wake up in the morning with a headache, or just fail to feel rested after you wake you might have this condition.
If you have these symptoms try sleeping on your side to reduce the problem. However full treatment requires use of the medical profession and nightly CAP machine use.
02-03-2006 06:07 PM
Do you train to failure all the time? Post what your workout is
Originally Posted by Mr.50
02-03-2006 08:40 PM
My tolerance for work done has actually increased over that last couple of years.
You might want to research GPP (General Physical Preparedness) which is a fancy way of saying "how much work your body is prepared to do".
A greater GPP doesn't stop OT'ing in and of itself, but it does help decrease your recovery time, which is always good.
02-04-2006 06:26 PM
Thanks for all of these great sugestions guys. I have to say that it is likely a combination of a number of things. First of all in the past I have always trained to failure and I recently made a strong resolution not to. So hopefully that will help. Also I think that there is a good chance that I do have sleep apnea because I snore really loudly, have chronic depression (which is associated), and my girlfriend has remarked that sometimes it seems like I will stop breathing for a while and then start suddenly breathing again when I am asleep. Is there any way to get a CPAP machaine without a Dr.s intervention because I would love to try it but I really dont have the money right now for a full sleep study and possibly the CPAP machine. Unfortunatly I am in the process of getting my health insurance changed over also.
Also I will look into researching the general physical preparedness. Sounds interesting.
02-04-2006 08:37 PM
Unfortunatly those machine manufacturers/sellers require a prescription which also will tell them how to set-up the machine which was learned from your sleep study.
Originally Posted by Mr.50
I'm in the same boat as you. I've put off the study for several months.
My father had sleep apnea and uses a CPAP machine and when he started with the machine immediately his energy level sky-rocketed and his mood was elevated. He was able to exercise longer and more frequently. He had a new desire to exercise. His legs didn't tire from long walks at the mall. He claimed his sexual energy/performance/libido was more consistent. In short he became a younger man.
I believe I have sleep apnea. I am not able to do long work-outs (i.e longer than 1hr) without bringing on difficulty in recovery.
This is something we probably should pay attention to and not put off to much longer.
02-04-2006 09:00 PM
Longer than 1 hour of working out brings me some difficulty in recovering, that doesnt necessarily mean I nor you, have sleep apnea. After an hour of hard exercise your glycogen must be on the verge of depletion.
02-05-2006 05:57 AM
Good points. However I also have all of the other sleep apnea symptoms.
Originally Posted by PVSkyHigh
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