We’ve all seen that guy at the gym training for hours, sometimes twice a day, and you can’t help but wonder … does he live there?
In this example, I will use a dear friend of mine that has always trained the way he did, “Redggy Jupiter”. So Redggy wakes up in the morning every day at 7:00 am sharp, gets to his office, finishes his day at 1:00 pm, and starts his first session of Crossfit, followed by hot yoga, followed by another hour or two of isolation training. This is equivalent to about 5-6 hours of training, 7 days a week! That is the definition of overtraining; killing yourself day in, day out, at the gym for months.
Obviously, the question is: Am I overtraining?
I believe that 98% of the people that think they’re overtraining their muscles have an illusion of overtraining. I don’t believe in training a muscle group once a week, or in the 3-4 exercises per muscle. Most of my training consists of 5-6 sets for the same muscle group. But you have to watch what you eat as well! Your nutrition plays a big role in how the training reflects on your body. Nutrition is actually 80% of the hard work. Now let’s answer your question by some points you can ask yourself to know if you’re overtraining…
- Do you wake up sluggish in the morning and you have to drag yourself out of bed to eat your breakfast?
- You barely start training at the gym and you’re so tired that you can’t continue?
- Are you weaker than usual?
- You’re suddenly losing weight fast?
- You’re getting sick and injured more often?
These are the red flags of overtraining. If you don’t have any of these symptoms, I say man-up and get your ass back to the gym!