Are You Overtraining?


by Coach Miguel Sanchez

Head Coach, Fortius / Owner, MS Sports Therapy

Do you feel like your FOMOOT (Fear of Missing out on Training) might be leading you to workout too much? Then this article is for you!

Let’s start with asking some thought-provoking questions:

First, why do you train/workout?
What does it do for you?
Why is it a crucial part of your day?
Is there an end goal for this style of training/workout?

I’ve heard it all: “I love training,” “it’s my therapy,” “it helps me improve my sport” and so on.

That’s great! But what happens when injuries happen, or we seem to be more fatigued than usual?

How do we know we’ve gone too far? That we’ve pushed our bodies too much? Maybe you’re trying too hard to keep up with a training partner, maybe you’re overly focused on an upcoming competition, maybe you’re a former athlete coming back from a long hiatus and your mind is pushing your body more than it is now capable of being pushed.

There are many reasons overtraining can happen, but how you detect it is by far the most difficult part.

Let’s first go over some of the MAJOR WARNING SIGNS and symptoms of Overtraining:

  • Inability to train at usual or previously manageable level
  • Massive delay in recovery from training
  • Training becomes a chore and isn’t as enjoyable
  • “Heavy” leg or arm muscles, even at light exercise intensity
  • Extended muscle soreness and injuries that don’t seem to heal
  • Aches and soreness affect your day to day living
  • Both Mental and Physical fatigue
  • Suppressed Immune system
  • Odd sleeping patterns

An important factor to keep in mind is that it is much harder for the body to heal when too much stress is placed on it. Our bodies do very well in letting us know when something is off, or something isn’t right. We must pay attention to the signs.

We must also seek council from others: training partners, coaches, family members, etc – as they can often detect the signs more clearly than we can ourselves.

Remember, training is meant to be fun. Training is a healthy escape, to help us become a better version of ourselves. Taking some time off to recover adds to that.

When we start overtraining and begin to fear that by taking days off we will become less “strong” or less “fit,” that’s when we have to revisit the questions at the beginning of this article.

Think you might be overtraining? Let’s chat, hit me up at ms.sportstherapy@gmail.com

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