Stronger, faster and consistent! That describes how your workouts have been for some time now. Strength gains and improved stamina have been the norm. You’ve been determined to achieve a new level of health & fitness. Good for you!
EXCEPT, lately you’ve been feeling like crap, you’re chronically fatigued and you’re actually getting weaker in addition to other negative physical and perhaps even mental symptoms that are becoming more pronounced with your continued effort? Well, that doesn’t sound right! In fact, that is completely opposite of what you should be experiencing based on your efforts. Stronger, faster and more consistent equals more…and more is better right?
As right as it sounds it is often times WRONG. Without proper periods of rest/recovery, appropriate nutrition (right amounts of Protein, right kinds of Fats and Carbs) and reasonable sleep you’re very likely spinning your wheels while going nowhere fast or perhaps even 1-2 steps back. As counter-intuitive as it seems, more is not always better in the world of human performance. Sometimes we try so hard we end up overtraining ourselves.
What is overtraining? In the scientific literature, overtraining is referred to as overreaching, under-recovery, etc. Technically speaking, consider overtraining any increase in volume and/or intensity of exercise training resulting in short & long-term performance decrements. Overtraining results in fatigue, due in part to a lack of proper rest and recovery. Quite frankly, the condition of being over-trained/under-recovered can get ridiculously complicated when referencing specific events within the neuroendocrine system based on the type of training i.e. endurance vs. resistance and the neuroendocrine response…blah blah blah. So simply speaking, too much stress for too long with not enough recovery time will result in regression not progression. Stress hormones remain elevated. The body quits behaving as it should and you’re well on your way to nowhere.
So, to keep it simple for you, we at Burch Fitness have by and large assumed the responsibility for keeping our members buffered from becoming over-trained by programming not only the day-to-day efforts but also by “dialing down” periodically, the intensity of some of our exercise programming. Burch Fitness will in essence protect you from yourself! If you’re consistent then the plan works perfect. Better adherence equals greater results in the aggregate. Ultimately, life IS an aggregate event. Rest/Recovery is too often an under-appreciated variable in getting more out of your efforts and thus more out of life.
It is also another reason we stress proper nutrition. That too is a complicated field which we try to simplify depending on your specific goals.
Holler at us so we can help!