Question of the Week: Overtraining
Our expert demystifies overtraining to help you avoid injuries and maintain peak performance.
The science behind fitness and health is wild, crazy and ever changing. One minute a study supports a particular claim, then next it's the worst thing you could humanly do to or for yourself. Sometimes you'll even find the same questions looming around the industry with mixed reviews, perspectives and findings. In efforts to calm the maddess, each week here at MensFitness.com we'll scour the Internet, tap into forums and ask our friends on Facebook and Twitter about what question in fitness we can get some firm answers to.
This week, we take a look at the industry's thoughts on overtraining.
The best way to prevent overtraining is to include rest periods in your training programs. Plan the variations (intensity, weight load, exercises) in your programs appropriately. Ramp up your intensity according to your ability and readiness. Overtraining can not only affect your performance, but can also be the indirect cause of injuries, so prevention is of the utmost importance.