What is it? – Over-training (or “under recovering”) happens when you train frequently without an effective recovery plan, or miss an important component in your training. It can present in a number of forms. A Lack of progress, despite working hard. A continual chain of small injuries or feeling a lack of energy both physically and mentally are just some of the indicators of Over-training.
How it happens? – A lot of people focus too much on the workouts and don’t place enough importance on Nutrition, Rest, Recovery, Mobility, Stretching and accessory/prehab work. If any one of these components are missing, then you will encounter a plateau or slowing of progress in one or many areas. A common misconception is that when you hit a plateau you need to train harder, this is not always accurate. Instead you could focus on your nutrition and how you fuel your body. In some cases more rest is what will help you break the plateau. Frequently occurring injuries or niggles could be attributed to a lack of mobility, prehab and/or cooling down work. A drop in motivation, or energy could be solved by taking a “Mental health” day and/or a deload week.
How to beat it? – As you can see above it could turn into quite a quagmire when trying to determine the cause of your overtraining. People make quite common mistakes in trying to remedy the problem. Your first second or third step in fixing the issue SHOULD NOT be – Starting a new supplement, adding remotely programmed or even worse, internet programs to your workload, Adding more training days, starting a new fad diet or any of the many fixes people assume will solve the problem. A huge benefit our members enjoy at CrossFit Confront is their Coaches. The good news is as Coaches we are well equipped to help you examine and remedy your Training issues. Talk to your Coach as a priority to find out what your first step should be towards getting back on track in your training. They will help assess your needs and give you the most effective solution. Your Coaches know you, your training, your weaknesses, your strengths, your current program, your bad and good habits AND they genuinely care about your progress. Use them for their knowledge and reap the benefits of a well-rounded and smart approach to your training longevity.
Owner/Head Coach – CrossFit Confront.