Ways To Prevent Overtraining

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More is often better with a lot of things. Unfortunately, weight training is not one of them. A lot of beginners often think this and start off with an incredibly high volume weight training routine that is aimed at advanced lifters, thinking it will get them better results. However, the only thing this achieves is an overworked central nervous system and muscles that are screaming for more time to repair themselves. Nothing will halt your progress like overtraining, so find out how to recognize the symptoms and prevent it below.

Don’t Do Too Many Heavy Compound Lifts On One Day

Heavy compound lifts are often done with a barbell, they include lifts such as the squat and the deadlift. These exercises use a lot of muscles and energy which puts heavy stress on your central nervous system, doing too many of these kinds of exercises on the same day can result in symptoms such as light-headedness and even feinting!

Performing heavy compound exercises whilst tired will also make you perform them with less than stellar form, which can lead to serious injuries! Take care with these exercises.

Get Proper Nutrition & Sleep

Nutrition and adequate rest are 2/3 of the “How to gain muscle” pie chart. Food is the fuel that your body uses to repair your muscles, and your body does most of the repairing whilst you’re sleeping. Make sure you get enough protein (use supplements like Whey Protein and Casein Protein to make up for gaps in your diet). Also make sure to aim for 8 hours of solid sleep per night, if you can’t get this much sleep, take a nap to make up for lost time.

Learn Your Body’s Limits

No two humans are the same, we are all born with different genes. These genes affect everything, even muscle reparation. Everybody has different limits, and you must find yours and make sure to stay within them to prevent overtraining.

It’s very important to be able to spot and prevent the symptoms of overtraining before your actually do start overtraining. If you’re ever feeling sluggish and feel that you may be overtraining, you should take a deload week in your weight training routine to allow your central nervous system time to recover!


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