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05/19/2017

Learn the Difference Between Training Hard, and over Training

If you’re an athlete, you know that success comes from training hard, keeping motivated and never giving up. To be at the top of your game, you have to push your body beyond the limits of what you thought possible, and you need to keep your mind strong and focused. No-one has ever broken a world record or won an NBA final by taking things easy. But, it’s a fine line between training hard and overtraining. Training hard gives you results, while over-training gives you injuries and can set you back months in your regime. So, how can you tell when training hard becomes over-training? In today’s blog, the experts at Athletic Republic of Orange County have put together a fantastic guide to let you know how to tell when you’re over-training.

What Is Overtraining?

Every time you train, you cause micro-damage to your muscles. This is how they grow, develop and become more resistant. Micro-damage is a good thing. Placing stress on your body is what causes it to adapt. However, when your training reaches a level at which your body cannot recover in between workouts, this is known as ‘overtraining’ and can put you at greater risk of injury. This is different to simply overdoing it one day in the gym, pulling a muscle and needing a rest. Overtraining means consistently pushing your body too far past its limits and placing it under unnecessary stress. There is an extremely fine line between the amount of pressure that you need to place on your body to keep improving, and the amount of strain that will cause lasting damage. The best way to identify this is by developing your training program with a highly-qualified professional. Professional trainers work with high-level athletes every day and know how to specifically tailor programs to get the best results for you. Call today at 714 972 2762 to find out more about Athletic Republic of Orange County’s top-of-the-range facilities, and to arrange a visit.

What Are the Symptoms of Overtraining?

Exhaustion

If you are used to training hard 5 or 6 days a week, but suddenly you feel a lack of motivation and an inability to continue with your training schedule, this could mean one of two things - either you’re getting sick, or you’ve been hitting it too hard and you need to scale back a little. Talk to your trainer if you start feeling this way, and think about taking a couple of days’ total rest to give your body the opportunity to completely recover before hitting it hard again. Remember that the best way to achieve your goals is responsibly and safely. No fitness goals are worth your personal health.

Terrible DOMS

DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) is both a blessing and a curse for athletes  - it’s pretty unpleasant, but it lets you know that you’ve been pushing yourself hard. As the saying goes ‘no pain, no gain’. If you’re not a little sore the day after a workout, you probably need to think about increasing the intensity. But Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness should clear up after a couple of days, and it shouldn’t be so severe that it interferes with daily life. If you’re struggling to get up out of a chair or walk up and downstairs, you probably need to take a look at your leg routine. Optimal training is all about balance, and it’s important to be able to listen to your body.

You’ve Stopped Seeing Results

This can sometimes be a vicious cycle - you train so hard that your body can’t recover, you stop seeing results, so what do you do? You train harder! Results come from the growth of muscle cells and streamlining of neural pathways. If your body can’t keep up with the physiological demand you’re placing on it, of course you won’t see results. You may even start to see a decline in your performance. Take a couple of days off, tone down your training, and see if you start noticing an improvement again.

Professional Sports Training in Orange

No athlete is an island. All the top sportspeople have a team of hundreds of experts to thank for their success, as well as cutting-edge equipment and sports science technology. You too can benefit from the same treatment, by training at Athletic Republic of Orange County. The highly-qualified trainers will help you to optimize your training while avoiding injury, and the equipment and facilities are second-to-none. Call today at 714 972 2762 to start training like a pro with Athletic Republic of Orange County.