If you learn how to recognize the signs of overtraining, you can take measures to prevent overtraining.
Why do you need to prevent overtraining?
Because it will stop your muscle building and fat burning progress completely.
You can even lose any results that you had, and you most likely will.
If you continue to overtrain, you can even get sick. Chances of injury are greatly increased too.
In other words, you REALLY don't want to over train.
Some Signs of Overtraining
When overtraining occurs or is about to occur, you'll have any or all of the following signs of over training:
- Catch a cold and the flu more often
- Increased injuries
- Trouble sleeping and resting
- Muscle soreness
- Joint pain
- Takes you longer to recover from workouts
- Muscle Loss
- Decreased performance in the gym
- Loss of appetite
- Lack of energy
- More irritable
- Inability to concentrate
- Lack of motivation
- Hard to relax
You will have a lot of trouble making yourself go to the gym, working out, and making any progress at all with your weight lifting workouts.
You will lose strength and muscle when you overtrain.
Even the “Experts” Know Nothing About Overtraining
Most people who weight train have no idea what overtraining really is… they think they do but they don't.
This is obvious from the questions I get, and the questions I see on message boards across the Internet.
Overtraining does not occur from a single weight training session nor can someone tell you if you are overtraining by working out 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 days per week.
No one can tell you if you are overtraining by looking at the number of exercises, sets, and reps you do for any given workout.
Overtraining is a cumulative fatigue that builds up over several workouts, weeks, and months.
One workout is not overtraining, but one workout can lead you closer to overtraining or even put you over the edge if you were already close to overtraining.
You've got to know how to prevent overtraining.
And the best way to do that is to follow the information given to you in the WLC System Manual.