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Missing These 3 And You Are Over Training

Author : Frank Robins

People who make sports or bodybuilding a part of their lives often over train. If you've worked out for a good period of time, you probably over trained at one point or another. What they are thinking is if they train more, they'll grow more muscle mass. It does not work that way. Overworking your muscles can lead to chronic injury and possibly muscle loss.

I'm not implying that you should make your training easier, you shouldn't. Bad things start to happen when you train intensely without getting enough rest. We as human beings work in a wave like fashion. Don't try to overcome this cycle. You exert yourself, then you stop to recover. Then go back to the beginning. We adapt and grow during this cycle.

So how can you tell if you body wasn't sufficiently recovered?

Well with body building, it's easy to spot. If you can't lift more than the same amount you did last week then you are over training. Your strength should be increasing week by week not stay the same. So if you're going backwards, that's a sign you need to STOP. As a matter of fact, I would say in this case you actually lost muscle mass due to either lack of proper recover, lack of proper nutrition, or lack of a proper training routine.

So to avoid over training you need to get these three things correct. You need to get a good eight hours of sleep and take a few days off of training every week to allow your body to recover. Be sure to eat meals that contain foods which help your body recover. Get a lot of veggies, fruits, lean proteins, and good fat in your diet. And finally, get your self a good training guide that has good recovery built into the routine. You don't want a work out routine that works your chest 3 consecutive days in a row. That is just a recipe for disaster.

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