Overtraining- The state in which the stress of training, along with other stresses, accumulates beyond the body's ability to disassemble the damaged tissue, remove waste, and then rebuild the area of damage. - As defined by Edward Connors- Golds Gym.
This is the never ending discussion of bodybuilding in my opinion. I think that when teens begin starting to train, all they here is "Dont ever miss a training session Which really isnt bad advice, but I think this sends off the wrong message. People then think, "hmm.....I havent missed a session, so maybe if I go one more my gains will increase even more" Wrong. I have read many books, and I like Golds Gym's approach. The coined the phrase "Less is more" By getting to the gym, getting the sets and reps you have to done and getting out, allows more growth than going to the gym chatting with friends, trying to impress them with big lifts and 100 reps isnt going to get you far. Training is only a small piece to the equation of maximum muscles, so you might as well make the best of the time you have to train. Experiment- Choose a program from the list of sticky's we have or perhaps you already know what works for you, then more power to you.
The following is a check list to outline overtraining:
- Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or waking up
- Your appetite is suppressed drastically
- You feel sick- almost like flu like symptoms
- Your body weight is actually decresing
- You do not look forward to training, lack of energy
- Your getting injuried frequently
- Your strength is declining
*As for the cure for overtraining, I think the golden standard for the cure is to take a week off. This week off is tor rest your muscles and a chance for your immune system to recover. This week off IS NOT a week off from your nutrition or diet plan. You'll actually want to increase calories and protein a bit to maintain gains. Once your body feels refreshed, head back to the gym.