...we all do!
I was recently talking to a friend of mine who has been struggling with her training and how her body is feeling as a result of her training. What we were able to figure out the more we talked was that she had recently increased her workouts per week but couldn't replenish her system via her nutrition and sleep and has landed herself in the position of being overtrained.
When we stress our bodies to a certain point and our recovery is not substantial enough to support how we've trained, we end up overtraining. The most common symptoms of overtraining are a lack of energy, persistent soreness, joint pain, drops in performance, decreased immunity, insomnia, loss of appetite, moodiness/depression, and a decreased desire to train. Nutrition and sleep are not the only things that help combat overtraining, we need specific days dedicated to allowing our bodies to recover. How we can do that is by spending a few hours a week stretching and working on our mobility, and doing recovery style workouts. If you're an outdoorsy person, go out for an easy hike, cruise on your bike for an hour, go for a swim, etc. If you prefer to stay in the gym, hop on a rower for 45 minutes and row at a steady pace.
The most important thing folks is to listen to your bodies. If you notice any of those symptoms above start to add up, take a day off from the gym and rest up. One day off is a lot better than needing to take a full week off to recover from overtraining. As we move closer to the Open and our workouts get more intense, recovery needs to be a priority. If you need any help managing your recovery, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at Megan@crossfit818.com or any of your other coaches for advice.
The fellas of 5am getting after some snatches and wall ball.
"The Bear Complex"
5 rounds for max load:
7 sets of the following sequence:
*there is no time component - once you start, you may rest anywhere, anytime in the sequence, but the bar may not rest on the ground
Posted by Megan