Kombat Krav Maga
-Instructor, John Riddle
OVERTRAINING / Part 1 of 2
I see it and hear it everyday from people in the facility and on the outside. “I feel too tired to train”, “I took a month off due to an injury”, “I’m not losing weight and I workout really hard!” These are just a few of the comments that I hear and it doesn’t matter what sport you may do we are all victims of pushing hard and sometimes to the point of overtraining.
The problem lies in the fact that we do not rest. Some of us, especially the “over achievers” think that rest is for the weak, we get a stigma of being lazy and we push on.
Well, let me tell you! Recovery is just as important as what you do in the gym. In the back of our minds we know we need the rest but consistently spend hours in the gym or on the road because it is what we do. It is psychological. A dependence. Fitness, running long distances, training in Martial Arts can be addictive, as addictive as smoking, drinking or drugs. It is our drug, and because of this, we must learn to overcome these psychological barriers to live happier, healthier and injury free lives.
Rest and recovery is the reason we get fitter and stronger. It’s during this time that your muscles rebuild stronger, where your body puts the workouts you do to use and where you will reap the benefits.
Next month I will give you the 10 Signs of Overtraining and break it down so you can handle your recovery better. They are pretty basic and may just reach out and slap you to wake you up!
Until then think of these issues and do they sound familiar:
Heart problems, insomnia, sick (cold or flu), weight gain, injury, depression.
These are some of the consequences of hitting it too hard in the gym.
Until next month train hard but train smart!