Lesson 10 Description

In this video we are going to talk about overtraining.  This can happen to all athletes.  When we push ourselves in training too hard, without taking enough rest and not listening to our bodies.  In the video I list of the signs of overtraining.  Be attentive in your your training and keep an eye out to see if you are on the verge of overtraining.  Like I said....it can happen to ALL of us.

Signs of Overtraining

  • Excessive fatigue/lethargy
  • Loss of motivation, energy, drive, and enthusiasm to train
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Increased stress
  • Increased stress, anxiety, irritability and feelings of depression
  • Insomnia, sleep problems, or nightmares
  • Poor concentration, hyperactivity and an inability to relax
  • Large changes in weight
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constant excessively sore and/or weak muscles
  • Increased susceptibility to sickness and injury
  • Lower performance in races
  • Higher resting heart rate
  • Longer periods of time for heart rate recovery to normal levels after exercise
  • Diarrhea, nausea, or headaches
  • Menstrual irregularities


What to do if you feel you are overtrained?

  • Take a break - take a week off and see how you feel
  • Reduce the length of your workouts
  • Add recovery days or extra recovery days
  • Focus on proper nutrition before, during and after exercise
  • Listen to your body.  Stop when your body says enough

Coach Todd