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Overtraining

Oct 21, 2015

As a certified personal trainer, I’ve seen all types of clients. Clients who won’t work hard no matter how much I yell at them. Clients who work hard, but only on the days they come see me. And then there are clients who push themselves through intense workouts with me AND on their own.

The third type of client is most at risk for overtraining. Overtraining is defined as training too hard or for too long. Symptoms of overtraining include, but are not limited to, muscle soreness, a change in resting heart rate, a change in appetite, insatiable thirst, loss of concentration and lowered immune system (getting sick more often).

For my clients who are more diligent with their at home workouts, I am more careful about putting together their exercise program. The reason for this is because overtraining can occur for clients who exercise the same muscle groups two or more days in a row. So if I know that a client is going to run and do some lower body resistance training at home on Tuesday, I will know that she needs to do an upper body workout when I see her on Wednesday in order to avoid overtraining.

The exception to the above rule is abdominals. Core and abdominals can be trained all day everyday without overtraining. If you think you are at risk of or experiencing symptoms of overtraining, talk to your trainer at Fitness Together about adding rest days or changing your exercise program.

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