Updated: Mar 1, 2019
Overtraining: What it Feels Like and How To Manage It
So you are just getting started in your new aNF program and starting to love every minute of it. Even if you are enjoying the workout, you still have to know your body and read the signs that it is giving you in order to prevent from overtraining. Overtraining is something that can inhibit results and we at aNF are here to help you know the signs and prevent it from happening.
Overtraining is something that happens very often due to the lack of knowledge for programming by common gym members. We have it built in our DNA that if we are feeling tired and sore after a workout, we are going to achieve the results that we want. Sometimes being too tired and sore is a sign of overtraining. Getting to know your own signs earlier can help prevent this from happening and keep you pushing towards your goals.
The biggest sign of overtraining is DOMS, or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. When your muscles make the full adaptation to your workouts, you will only be sore for about a day or so, but DOMS doesn’t kick on the first day. It actually gets worse on day two and three, causing pains during any movement of that muscle. Some people see this as a good thing because it means you are really working the muscles, but it actually inhibits results and affects the mindset of what really causes results in the gym.
The biggest thing to do with us is to follow the PØWR-FSE model. We here at aNF have designed it to correspond with each individual personally. The sets and reps will be very similar, but know your bodies and know what weight will make you just uncomfortable enough. Get just outside of your comfort zone, but don’t let your body become numb to pain. Pain equals strain on the body, which means it’s going to try to make up for it with something else. Test your limits, but don’t go over them.
Overtraining is something you want to prevent, but don’t be afraid to test your limits. You can do a lot more than you think you are capable of. Keep your mind open and stay focused. You can achieve more than you think you can, just go out there and do it! We here at aNF will continue giving you guidelines to help you become your best possible self.